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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.

Youth Black Light 9 Square in the Air

Wear bright or white colors, neon face-paint and bring a friend!

Meet in the Church Gym

(for youth in grades 6th-12th)

Sunday, January 29, 2017 - 6:00pm

Never2Young Jr. High Youth Conference

May 5-6, 2017, Indiana Wesleyan University

For Youth in grades 6th-8th

More info at:

Departing from Upper Parking Lot:  Friday, May 5 at 12:30PM – youth will need to get out-of-school early that day

Returning: Saturday, May 6, approx. 7PM

Total Cost: $40 if deposit received by April 16, $45 if received by April 30.  Make checks out to FUMC.  Space is limited, first come first serve.   

Bring Registration forms to the church office or to Howie

Indiana Wesleyan University, Marion, IN
Friday, May 5, 2017 - 12:30pm

Youth to Feed My Starving Children

Ignite Youth Trip to Feed My Starving Children

Meet at FMSC on April 29th, 7 to 9PM

Address: 555 Exchange Court, Aurora, IL 60504

RSVP Required. RSVP to or 630-968-7120, x203

555 Exchange Court, Aurora, IL 60504
Saturday, April 29, 2017 - 7:00pm

Pre-FMSC Barbecue at the Snyders

Prior to Feed My Starving Children, meet at the Snyders between 4PM & 6:30PM for a Barbecue & hang-out

Snyders live at: 1140 Ottawa Ave., Aurora, IL

Bring a 2-Liter or Snack item to share

Call Howie at 630-809-9419 for any questions

1140 Ottawa Ave., Aurora, IL
Saturday, April 29, 2017 - 4:00pm

Winter Jam Concert


Ignite Youth trip to Winter Jam Concert Event at Allstate Arena, Rosemont. 

Meet at the Upper Parking Lot at 4pm - back around 11:30pm - youth can text or call with ETA.

Cost: $15 ($10 for the concert + $5 to help with transportation costs)

Bring a sandwhich or something as we will not plan to stop on the way there. We may make a brief fast-food stop on the return trip.

Please RSVP HERE or to so we can have enough van seats!

Allstate Arena, Rosemont, IL
Friday, March 10, 2017 - 4:00pm

Ingite Youth - Light of a Luminary

Wednesday, December 23, 1-4pm, All Youth are invited to help us create a host of luminaries for the Christmas Eve service. No experience necessary, we will show you how.

Also, we'll be watching Veggie Tales while we work!

Friday, December 23, 2016 - 1:00pm

Ignite Youth - Placing the Luminaries

Thursday, December 24, 3pm, Help us place the Luminary around the church!

Saturday, December 24, 2016 - 3:00pm

Ignite Youth Christmas Party

The Ignite group will be having a Christmas party from 6-8pm - Food, games,...

Bring a White Elephant Gift to Exchange.  (A White Elephant Gift is something you have around the house that you do not want - hopefully something funny. Please do NOT purchase anything for this gift exchange.)

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

Open Door Youth Center
Sunday, December 11, 2016 - 6:00pm

Holiday Cheer in Rogers Park

Tuesday, December 13, meet at the church at 4:30pm – back around 9:30pm. Bring a snack! Help us with serving a meal and the love of Christ with the neighborhood folks of the United Church of Rogers Park.

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

Tuesday, December 13, 2016 - 4:30pm

Sr. High Winter Retreat - Winter Blast

The Senior High Winter Retreat will be held at Grace Adventures Camp in Silver Lake, Michigan.

8th Graders are Invited to join us this year.

DATE:   January 6-8, 2017
(Departure will be between 2-2:30pm, returning approx. 6pm on Sunday)

An official camp medical release form, along with further information will be provided as we get closer. Please call the church if you have any questions.

Registration Form due December 4th!

Grace Adventures Camp, Silver Lake, Michigan
Friday, January 6, 2017 - 2:00pm


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