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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.

"Imagine No Malaria" Free Throw Contest

Nothing but netsJoin us on Saturday, March 22 from 1:30 - 3:00 p.m. in the Gym as we raise money and awareness for Imagine No Malaria, an extraordinary effort by The United Methodist Church to end preventable deaths by malaria in Africa, especially the death of a child or a mother. The church is involved in an extraordinary partnership with other international organizations, such as the World Health Organization and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, to eliminate this disease.

You can pay for the chance to score the most baskets in your age group, or support someone else. This event, which is organized and sponsored by the 5th and 6th graders, is fun for all the family.

Saturday, March 22, 2014 - 1:30pm

DGFUMC Summer Camp - Get Real

Get Real

There is a lot of fake out there. In a culture of manicured online profiles, electronically altered images and relentless deception in advertising, it is difficult to know who our friends are and who to trust. It is too easy to buckle under the pressure and try to become the images we see. We all must seek our own real identity from a trustworthy source. Get Real teaches campers that we are not created in the image of the popular culture - we are created in the image of God, who loves us just as we are and asks us to love others in the same way.

DGFUMC is offering this summer camp experience for children and youth from 2nd to 9th grade at the Wesley Woods Conference Center, Williams Bay, WI from June 23 to June 27.  The grade listed is the grade the student will be entering in the fall of 2014.

Get Messy!

Get Messy!It is sometimes difficult to have children attend church. They don’t like to sit still or be quiet or just listen. Frankly, I don’t blame them. I want children to be who they are…active, creative, and lively!

Get Messy will be an opportunity for children along with their families do just that. It is on the second Sunday of each month from 11:00 AM to about 12:30 PM. The next Messy Church will be on March 9. There will be a time to make crafts as a family, a short (and lively) time of gathering, and a family friendly lunch. This time will be about building community along with thinking about that greater power that is creator and love of all.

Don’t worry about getting messy, or being too loud, or squirming too much…just come and have fun with your family! Everyone is welcome at Get Messy!

There is no cost but those attending will need to register using the form on the Get Messy web page. Contact John Smoke for more information. Get Messy will be in the church gym.

Family Dinner Meal Subscription

If you are interested in signing up for the Wednesday Family Dinners, Winter/Spring registration forms and payment are due January 5, 2014. Forms can be found in the church office, dinners resume January 8.

Piece of Peace

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 Family Ministries Work Area would like to invite children (infant through 11 years old) to come to the church on Sunday, December 1st for an afternoon of Christmas activities and fun! 

Pizza dinner will be provided. Cost is $5 a child or $10 for 2 or more children. Please contact the church office (630-968-7120) to register.

Chapel Hall
Sunday, December 1, 2013 - 3:00pm

The Giving Tree

The Giving TreeThe Giving Tree, which is now in the Parlor, gives you the opportunity to purchase  gifts for needy children, youth, and adults in our township and across the Northern Illinois Conference.  This year, we are supporting ChildServ, PADS, and the Peoples Resource Center. Just choose a tag marked with the name or initials of these agencies.

The gifts for all the agencies other than PADS should be returned with the tags firmly attached NO LATER THAN NOON ON SUNDAY, DECEMBER 1st. Gifts for PADS will continue to be collected into December. Contact Nancy Bifulco if you have any questions.

The Children and Family Ministries Work Area and the Church and Society Work Area sponsor the Giving Tree project. We hope that you will be able to help.

Thank you!

Preschool Registration

PreschoolChurch members (those who have taken the Membership Class and joined First United Methodist Church) can take advantage of early registration for next year's Preschool on December 1 and 3. Children must be either three or four years old by September 1 of 2014, with the classes beginning in early September and ending in the mid-May. 

Advent Family Workshop to Feed My Starving Children

Serving at Feed My Starving ChildrenGive the Gift of Life this Holiday Season

On December 14, as our Advent Family Workshop, we are inviting families to join us at  Feed My Starving Children in Aurora. This Christian organization runs high-energy sessions where we pack food for the neediest children around the world. As well as being a lot of fun, these sessions are really effective. Each volunteer packs an average of 216 meals - in 2012, FMSC sent 163 million meals to starving families. 

Sign up below or contact Sharon to RSVP (630.968.7120). No children under 5.

Sponsored by Children & Family Ministries

555 Exchange Court, Aurora, IL 60504
Saturday, December 14, 2013 - 2:00pm

Rally Day - September 8, 2013

Rally Day Worship

Today, September 8, we return to three services (8:15 in the chapel, 9:30 and 11:00 in the sanctuary). The 9:30 and 11:00 services will be special family worship for all ages. There will be no Sunday school but there will be nursery care at all three services. Regular Sunday school will begin on September 15.

Rally Day Lunch

At noon everyone is invited to come to the gym to enjoy a box lunch (sandwich, chips, dessert, and drink). Cost will be $5/adult and $3/child (12 and under). Please sign up by calling 630.968.7120 or emailing the church office by September 5. 

Rally Day Service Project

At about 12:45, after lunch, it would be greatly appreciated to have people help set up tables for the Sweet Repeat which is the United Methodist Women’s annual sale.

Rally Day Movie

The Children & Family Work Area has reserved the Tivoli Movie Theater for our Rally Day celebration. Everyone is invited to attend the movie The Muppet Movie (The original movie from 1979) that will be shown at 1:30 p.m. The movie is about a frog, Kermit, who travels to Hollywood to pursue a career in show business. Along the way, he picks up some others who become great friends and together they find success and become The Muppets! Each child (12 and under) who attends church on September 8 will receive a coupon for a Kiddie Combo (box with popcorn, snack and drink). The concession stand will also be open for anyone wanting to purchase snacks. The doors open at the Tivoli at 1:00 p.m. The movie is free for ALL (you don’t need a ticket) so please invite your friends and neighbors to come to church in the morning and to the movie in the afternoon!

Sunday, September 8, 2013 - 8:15am

United Methodist Women Observe Children's Sabbath - Blessing of the Backpacks

BackpackSunday, August 25, 2013 United Methodist Women will observe Children's Sabbath at the 8:30 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. worship services. Watch for children of all ages as they lead our worship services. They will be your greeters, ushers, lay readers, and special music providers. The message will be about children and John Smoke will provide the "blessing of the backpacks" during the time for children.

Please join us as we celebrate the youth in our congregation on this special Sunday.


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