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DGFUMC provides a range of educational opportunities for children of all ages, including nursery care provided during worship hours, Pathfinders (Sunday School), and midweek family fellowship that is linked to children's choir rehearsals. The goal is to help children grow in faith, and become familiar with the Bible through a variety of methods, including storytelling and drama, music, video, games, science, cooking and art.

Children's Cantata

The Old Testament - Fast Forward

The Old Testmant, Fast Forward is another fun musical piece. It covers many Old Testament stories told with humor while preserving the overall theme of God’s unending love for us. The Connection, Chorister, Cherub, and Angel Choirs will take part in these performances during the 9:30 and 11:00am worship services.

Sunday, May 1, 2011 - 9:30am

DGFUMC 2011 Summer Camp

Got SpiritJune 27-July 1

Wesley Woods Camp, Williams Bay, Wisconsin

The First United Methodist Church of Downers Grove is offering a summer camp experience for children and youth.  There will be three camps this year:

  • Elementary Camp:  2nd-6th grade
  • Junior High Camp:  7th-8th grade
  • Leadership Camp:  9th-10th grade 

The grade listed is the grade the student will be entering in the fall of 2011. Space is limited for all three camps so please register as soon as possible. Registration for church members is now open. Registration for non-church members starts on April 1.

Note: All first time 2nd and 3rd grader campers will need a parent to attend camp (the parent will attend at no cost).

Camp will be held at Wesley Woods Conference Center in Williams Bay, Wisconsin. Wesley Woods is owned and operated by the Northern Illinois Conference.

For more information and registration forms, see the link below.

* If you are interested in being a camp counselor, please fill out the appropriate form that can be found at the links below.

Wesley Woods Camp, Williams Bay, Wisconsin
Monday, June 27, 2011 - 10:35am

5th Annual Free Throw Shooting Contest

Basketball Net10-10-1

$10 a Person 10 Free Throws-1 Life Saved

100% of your registration fee will go to buy a net to save a life by preventing malaria in Africa.

Registration forms are available in the church office, in the Sunday Bulletin or at the link below. If you cannot participate, consider sponsoring someone for the contest. The mission event is planned and run by the 5th and 6th grade Sunday school class!

Sunday, March 13, 2011 - 2:00pm

Family Meal Time

Wednesday Family Meals begin again on this Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2011, from 5pm to 6:30pm. Please contact the church office by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 10, if you will be purchasing a meal subscription (Jan. 12-April 13).

It is 12 meals total: $55/adult and $40/child. We need to know because we will only purchase meals for those persons who have signed up.

Giving Tree: Thank You!

Thank you to the entire congregation for your contributions to the Giving Tree this year. You gave more than 230 gifts to children of all ages.You supported Marcy Newberry Center, ChildServ and HeadStart programs and made Christmas brighter for so many children.

Your generosity is greatly appreciated!

Christmas Eve Services

Nativity Scene4:00pm Family Worship

A worship celebration especially geared for children, with music provided by the Chorister, Cherub and Angel Choirs.

7:00pm Communion & Candlelight Service

Music by the Connection Choir
Message by Pastor Greta McDonald

9:00pm Traditional Candlelight Service

Music by the Chancel Choir
Message by Pastor Jim McDonald

10:15pm Communion in the Chapel

11:00pm Traditional Candlelight Service

Music by the Chapel Choir
Message by Pastor Jim McDonald

Join us for a night of praise, prayer, and glorious music as we remember Christ's birth and our salvation. Bring your family, your guests and your neighbors as we prepare for Christmas day.

Friday, December 24, 2010 - 4:00pm

Open Preschool Registration

The last chance to register for next year's 2011/2012 Preschool will be on Tuesday, January 4, 2011 from 3 to 4pm. A $100.00 non-refundable registration fee and completed application is required to secure a space. A certified copy of the birth certificate is now required by DCFS.

Contact the church office for more details.

Advent Workshop

Feed My Starving ChildrenThis holiday season we are inviting families to take amoment from the hustle and bustle of preparing for Christmas to reinforce to our children the positive impact of giving. We have found a terrific outing that surely exemplifies the Christmas spirit.

On Tuesday, December 21 at 2:30pm we will be going to Feed My Starving Children in Aurora. Feed My Starving Children is an organization that allows volunteer groups to come in and dispense and package meals for hungry children. This family activity is for parents and children (must be at least Kindergarten age). Smaller children will be cared for at the church during the outing.

After our volunteer shift, we will come back to the church for dinner and family crafts.

Space is limited so please sign up with Sharon in the office 630.968.7120.

Itinerary of Events

  • Meet at the church at 2:00pm to caravan and carpool to Aurora
  • Volunteer shift is from 2:30pm – 4:30pm
  • Return to the church for dinner and family crafts
Aurora, IL (Meet at the church)
Tuesday, December 21, 2010 - 2:00pm

A Piece of Peace

Christmas PeaceParents, what would you do with 3 hours of free time during the hectic holiday season? Get a massage, shop, read, nap, watch football?

The Children and FamilyWork Area would like to invite children (infant through11 years old) to come to the church on the 19th for an afternoon of Christmas activities and fun!

Cost is $5 a child or $10 for 2 or more children. Sign-up in the office.

Sunday, December 19, 2010 - 2:00pm

Chancel Choir Christmas Program

Waking Up To Christmas
Sunday, December 5, 2010 - 9:30am


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