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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.

Chapel Choir Tour Home Concerts

Chapel Choir Tour

The Chapel Choir return from their 40th Annual Spring Break Tour on Saturday, April 2, having journeyed to Toronto and back presenting concerts in Michigan and Ontario. You can hear their performance here in Downers Grove at two concerts directed by Belford Hernandez on Sunday, April 3, at 4pm and 7pm.

Sunday, April 3, 2011 - 4:00pm

40th Annual Chapel Choir Tour

The Chapel Choir started their 40th Annual Spring Break Tour on Sunday evening at Gary Memorial UMC in Wheaton. It was a great night. The youth group at Gary Church greeted us warmly with a pizza dinner. They sat at table with our students and strangers became friends. It felt like we were really on tour.

On Saturday, March 26 we will pack two 45 passenger motor coaches, the technical term for buses, and head east!

  • First stop the University of Michigan for lunch and tee shirts. Then to the Pontiac MI area, a concert at Waterford Central UMC Saturday evening.
  • Worship at both Grace & Peace UMC and Four Towns UMCs on Sunday and an afternoon at the Henry Ford Museum.
  • Monday we cross the border at Sarnia ON, Lunch in London and singing at St Paul’s United Church in Oakville ON.
  • Tuesday we play in Niagara Falls.
  • Wednesday we arrive in Toronto for a concert at Humber Valley United Church.
  • For years, the choir has wanted a beach, so on Thursday we’ll goback to Niagara Falls and spend the morning at an indoor water park. A concert at First Baptist Church of London ON Thursday evening will be our last in Canada.
  • On Friday, we enter the USA at Port Huron MI. Our last tour concert will be at First UMC Birmingham MI.

Watch for updates on the DGFUMC web site!!

Come see the Chapel Choir perform their tour concert here at home on Sunday, April 3 at 4:00pm and 7:00pm.

Housing Needed For Visiting Youth Choir

The saying is that everything is bigger in Texas and the Custer Road UMC Revelation Choir is a great example. The 125-member high school choir will present a concert in our sanctuary on Tuesday, June 14 and we are soliciting housing for as many of the youth and their chaperones as possible. While they are prepared to roll out sleeping bags on the gym floor and use our showers if necessary, we would like to provide homes for as many of their group as possible. Home stays have always been a memorable part of our Chapel Choir tours. Host families will need to provide breakfast on the 15th. Please check your calendar and contact Don Dunham regarding how many youth you are willing to host, if you have pets and whether you have a gender or age preference.

Pre Tour Reminder

The Chapel Choir Pre Tour concert is this Sunday, March 20 at Gary Memorial UMC in Wheaton IL. The concert is set for 7:00 pm. We hope to see you there!!!

Tents, Tables, and Chairs

Youth In TentFor the past ten tears, 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. In return they receive credit toward mission and choir trips.

Our prices are competitive with commercial vendors and benefit a wonderful program. Without revenue from Heritage Fest parking, our Youth InTent program is the largest fundraiser for our youth program. New York City will be the destination for the 2012 Chapel Choir Tour, so we need to generate as many funds as possible.

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

The Blessing of the Showers

Join Nick on March 19 at 2:00pm at Granville Avenue UMC for . As part of The Red Line Ministries Celebration Day, Granville Avenue UMC will be blessing their new dorm facility and celebrating the completion of construction.

Please visit the link below to learn more about The Red Line Ministries and Granville Avenue UMC's event.

Granville Avenue UMC, 1307 West Granville Avenue, Chicago
Saturday, March 19, 2011 - 2:00pm

Youth Meeting

Youth Ministry

The youth will be having a brief mission/fund raising meeting at 1:15pm to discuss upcoming events.

Please join us in the Gym afterwards for Nothing But Nets.

The Open Door
Sunday, March 13, 2011 - 1:15pm

Open Gym

Come to The Open Door from 6:30 - 8:00pm to play air hockey, pool and more.

The Open Door
Sunday, March 6, 2011 - 6:30pm

An Acceptable Time

The scripture lesson for Ash Wednesday is from 2 Corinthians. Paul writes to the Church at Corinth reminding them that Christ promised to help them if they just listened to him. This scripture reminds me that Christ will help even the Church at Downers Grove, that, if we listen, the obstacles will be removed and we will prevail.

The Steelers Win!

Soup BowlWell, the Packers may have won the Super Bowl, but the Steelers won the Souper Bowl!!

  • Packers: $326.48
  • Steelers: $357.17
  • Total Donation: $683.65

Thanks to everyone who donated! Go Bears!!


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