Mission Trips

Youth InTent: Tent Rentals

Youth In TentFor nearly two decades, our Youth InTent program has served our church and community by renting out tents, tables, and chairs for graduation, birthday, anniversary and other summer celebrations, as well as neighborhood block parties, weddings and wedding receptions.

DGFUMC youth take care of delivery, set-up and take-down of tents on lawns. In return they receive credit toward mission and choir trips. DGFUMC has a limited number of tables and chairs available for rent too. These are not delivered with tents. Pickup of these items is the responsibility of the customer. See the InTent Reservation Contract Form below for more details. 

Our prices are competitive with commercial vendors and benefit a wonderful program. Our Youth InTent program is the largest fundraiser for our youth program and helps fund our Chapel Choir annual choir tour.

For prices and information please see the Youth InTent Reservation Contract at the link below. Feel free to contact Don Dunham with any questions.

African Children's Choir Live in Concert

We are delighted to announce that the world famous African Children’s Choir will be performing at DGFUMC on Wednesday September 25 at 7:00 p.m. This family friendly, immersive experience will leave you inspired as the Choir performs your favorite hymns with African cultural sounds in their new program.

The children melt the hearts of audiences with their charming smiles, beautiful voices and lively African songs and dances. The program features well-loved songs, Gospel spirituals and contemporary favorites. In spite of the tragedy that has marred their young lives, the children are radiant with hope, musically gifted and wonderfully entertaining.

The primary goal of the African Children’s Choir is to raise awareness of the need of destitute children in Africa and to raise funds for continued development and support of the African Children’s Choir programs. The Choir’s international educational endeavor provides unique training for the children. With a focus on education as a means for change, the Choir is currently caring for underprivileged and destitute children throughout Africa. These are children who could have lost all hope, but have overcome their circumstances and now are making a positive impact on society. Once Choir members have completed a concert tour, they
will return back to Uganda with the tools necessary for bettering their future.

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:

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.

Youth & Parents Confirmation Registration & Information Meeting

Youth and parents of 7th and 8th graders are invited to a Confirmation Registration and Info Meeting on either Wednesday, August 21 at 7:00 p.m. or Sunday, August 25 at 4:00 p.m. We will provide information about the coming year and register for Confirmation class at this time. You need only attend one of these two meetings.

The meetings will provide an overview of the schedule, an introduction to the curriclum, provide a list of required commitments, and more. Please bring a completed Permission and Emergency Information Form with you to a meeting.  

Open Door Youth Center
Open Door Youth Center
Wednesday, August 21, 2019 - 7:00pm

Senior High Mission Trip to Atlanta Georgia

Our Senior High group is going on it's annual Mission Trip. This year we are going to Georgia to be a part of DOOR Atlanta (Discovering Opportunities for Outreach and Reflection). Through DOOR's Discover program, groups spend time serving with a variety of local agencies and ministries and learning through evening speakers and activities.

Atlanta, Georgia
Saturday, July 13, 2019 - 5:00am

Youth & Parents Summer Activities Meeting

Parents and youth are invited to an informational meeting on May 15 to learn about all the opportunities to stay connected with your friends, continue to grow your faith, and earn credits for tour and mission trips this summer.

There will be a chance to register for these activities, Including sign-ups for the Tent Program.

Open Door Youth Center
Wednesday, May 15, 2019 - 6:00pm

United Church of Rogers Park Mission Trip

Join us for our annual trip to United Church of Rogers Park for youth entering grades 7 in the fall through graduating seniors. We will be helping with the Kids Club.

United Church of Rogers Park, 1545 West Morse Avenue, Chicago, IL 60626
Monday, July 29, 2019 - 9:00am

Youth Missions Stock for Sale

The Ignite Youth Group is selling stock for this year’s Mission Trips. Stock is $10 and comes with an invitation to our Mission Trip Thank You Ice Cream Social on August 12, after the 10am Service in the Gym.

Stock is available for purchase in the parlor every Sunday morning through July 8 and in the church office throughout the week.

All Church Mission Trip

Getting the Camp Ready for Camp
Wesley Woods Retreat Center in Williams Bay, WI

June 12 - 17

The second annual All Church Mission Trip will provide a wonderful opportunity to put your faith into action at the Wesley Woods Retreat Center. The camp buildings and grounds need fixing up right before our summer campers arrive! Many hands are needed in this beautiful setting on the shores of Lake Geneva, WI. Come for a few hours, a day, or as many days as you can. There are jobs for everyone, regardless of skill level or expertise. Tasks may include painting and staining; replacing lights; repairing wood siding, railings, windows, roofs, and steps; cleaning cabins; and repairing or replacing trails and paths. All tools, supplies, and meals are provided.

Let us know you're coming! Contact Don Dunham at 630.362.3164 or don@dgfumc.org for more information.


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