Confirmation

Confirmation 2020-2021

We feel it is important for young people to work on developing their faith in such a way that it will become a solid resource for coping with the challenges and triumphs of life. The goal of our Junior High Ministry is to build these resources and, in the process, make disciples for Christ.

There are many ways that the Church community teaches its members how to be disciples. Students are invited each week to explore the Bible, discuss theological topics, and apply components of faith to their daily lives. Seventh graders explore an overview of the Bible through a curriculum called "Echo the Story" while eighth graders explore theological topics and Methodist tradition through a curriculum called "Collaborate."

In a typical year, students are required to volunteer within different areas of the church community in order to form a more complete understanding of what it means to be a part of an active and vibrant faith community. For now, we are suspending this requirement due to the uncertain nature of the coronavirus pandemic. We hope to return to these volunteer opportunities at some point in the future.

Confirmation Class

Our Confirmation Preparatory Program for 7th & 8th Grade students meets on Sundays and includes classes, modern worship services, local service projects, and fellowship events. 

CLASSES

8th Grade Class meets from 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. 
7th & 8th Grade Classes meet for a Fellowship Snack/Dinner from    5:00 - 5:30 p.m. 
7th Grade Class meets from 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. 

Classes will meet on the following dates: 

Sundays, November 17 and 24  
Sunday, December 1 
Sundays, January 12 and 26 
Sundays, February 2, 9, 16, and 23 
Sundays, March 1, 8, 15, and 22 

MODERN WORSHIP SERVICES

January 19 from 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. For all 7th and 8th grade Confirmation students. 

Spaghetti dinner with mentors follows from 5:00 - 6:00 p.m.

ASH WEDNESDAY WORSHIP SERVICE

February 26 - For all 7th and 8th grade Confirmation students. 

7:00 p.m. (Confirmation class needs to arrive by 6:30 p.m.)

PADS SERVICE DAYS

December 3; January 7; February 4; March 3 
Meet at Church at 4:30 p.m.

CONFIRMATION

Confirmation Sunday: April 19 at 10:00 a.m. 
Confirmation Practice is Wednesday, April 15 at 6:00 p.m. (8th Grade Class only)

 

Please contact Deacon Wesley Door at wesley@dgfumc.org for more information.

Location: 
Gym, Open Door Youth Center, Room 215, Room 218
Date: 
Sunday, November 17, 2019 - 4:00pm

Clone of Youth Home Page

The Youth Ministry Program of First United Methodist Church in Downers Grove seeks to provide opportunities to grow in faith, connect with others, and nurture service oriented individuals to live out Christ's love in the world. We provide a number of opportunities for youth in the community, including the following:

Confirmation Class

Our Confirmation Preparatory Program for 7th & 8th Grade students meets on Sundays this Fall and includes classes, modern worship services, local service projects, and fellowship events. 

CLASSES

8th Grade Class meets from 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. 
7th & 8th Grade Classes meet for a Fellowship Snack/Dinner from    5:00 - 5:30 p.m. 
7th Grade Class meets from 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. 

CONFIRMATION RETREAT

November 1 - 3 at Wesley Woods Retreat Center, Williams Bay, Wisconsin

MODERN WORSHIP SERVICES

October 20 from 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. for all 7th and 8th grade Confirmation students. A meal with mentors follows from 5:00 - 6:00 p.m.
November 17 from 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. for all 7th and 8th grade Confirmation students. A meal with mentors follows from 5:00 - 6:00 p.m. 

SERVICE PROJECTS

Saturday, September 28 - Feed My Starving Children, Time TBD
Saturday, November 23 - Yorkville Homeless Ministry, Meet at Church at 10:00 a.m.

Please contact Deacon Wesley Door at wesley@dgfumc.org for more information.

Location: 
Gym, Open Door Youth Center, Room 215, Room 218
Date: 
Sunday, September 15, 2019 - 4:00pm

Youth Home Page

The Youth Ministry Program of First United Methodist Church in Downers Grove seeks to provide opportunities to grow in faith, connect with others, and nurture service oriented individuals to live out Christ's love in the world. We provide a number of opportunities for youth in the community, including the following:

The Chapel Choir is a youth choir for students grades 9 - 12 and has been a tradition in this church for decades. The choir rehearses every Wednesday night throughout the school year and sings every Sunday at the 9:30 service. The choir year is highlighted by an annual Choir Tour, usually during Spring Break but in the summer in 2020, in which the Choir travels to a destination in the United States singing in churches throughout the tour and having a great time together.

Our Confirmation preparation program is designed for 7th and 8th graders. We meet during the school year to discuss various aspects of faith in order to prepare students to become full members of the church. Students attend classes on Sundays, volunteer with our Sunday School program, acolyte, sing in the Connection Choir, or help set up with PADS. Registration costs help cover curriculum materials and the cost of food and activities.

Confirmation Program Youth Retreat

Friday, November 1 to Sunday, November 3

Youth in the Confirmation program are invited to a retreat at Wesley Woods Retreat Center in Williams Bay, Wisconsin.

Contact Wes Dorr at 630.968.7120, ext. 203 or wesley@dgfumc.org for more information.

Location: 
Open Door Youth Center
Date: 
Friday, November 1, 2019 - 4:00pm

Ash Wednesday

Ash WednesdayAll are invited to start the Lenten season by attending our Ash Wednesday service from 7pm-8pm on February 14. This service will be held in the Sanctuary.

Nicole Snyder will be preaching, and the Connection Choir will be singing.

Onward Bound Introductory Meeting and Registration

Onward Bound is our Confirmation Preparation program for 7-8th grade students at Downers Grove First United Methodist Church. It is a 2-year program and the Confirmands will go through different curricula for each grade. This program seeks to encourage, challenge, and affirm students in order to assist them in becoming full members of the church.

Onward Bound meets Wednesday evenings beginning with a dinner at 6:30PM, followed by class discussions and activities from 7-8:15PM. 

Location: 
Sanctuary
Date: 
Wednesday, August 24, 2016 - 6:30pm

Onward Bound Make-Up Sessions

Make-up Sessions will meet in the Open Door Youth Center to cover the previous 2 Wednesday night Onward Bound lessons, with 10am covering the lesson from the Wednesday, a week and a half prior and the 11am Session covering the lesson from the previous Wednesday evening. 

Onward Bound is our Confirmation Preparatory Program for 7th & 8th Grade students.

Please contact Howie Snyder, Director of Youth Ministries for more information.

Location: 
Open Door Youth Center
Date: 
Saturday, January 16, 2016 - 10:00am

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