Diane Hires leading the combined DGFUMC choirsPastor John's children's sermonChurch Summer Camp August 2021Godspell Christmas 2022Childrens Choir Cantata Spring 2023Wesley Woods Family Mission Trip Summer 2022Get MessyCommunion Sunday 2020Easter pastorsFeed My Starving Children Mission Trip 2023Mulchathon group in May 2023Handbell Worship Service April 2023Congregational Care Card Party Spring 2022

In Solidarity

An Anti-Racism Workshop for Faith Communities

Friday, Sept. 22 and Saturday, Sept. 23
Presented by Rev. Joan Crawford

  • Have you wondered why there is so much misunderstanding between Black & White folks? Is racism really the issue or is it a matter of economics?
  • Do you know the meaning of critical race theory? Why is there so much controversy about it?
  • Do you ask yourself, why am I responsible for addressing racism when members of my family were not enslavers? What can I or my church do to promote racial justice?

The “In Solidarity” – Anti-Racism Workshop addresses these questions & more.

Participants will learn how to avoid making false assumptions and unintentional microaggressions toward Black folks. They will learn how African Americans have relied on their spiritual strength and their creative spirit to survive centuries of oppression. Participants will be encouraged to engage spiritually and emotionally while connecting historical and cultural insights thus strengthening their relationships with African American people as they work together for racial justice.

Registration is $25, including Saturday lunch. You can find further details here.

Friday, September 22, 2023 - 6:30pm

Join us for Sunday Worship at 10:00 a.m. Online and In Person

Join us Sundays at 10:00 a.m. for worship in person and live-streaming on YouTube!Online Worship

Our live-streamed worship service will be available for viewing on YouTube.

Join us in worship

In-person Worship
We have made the following changes to our policy in response to the recently revised CDC and State of Illinois guidelines:

  • Masks are now optional in the church building and during worship according to recent CDC and State of Illinois Health Department updates. 
  • For those who have not received a complete COVID-19 vaccine yet, wearing a mask is suggested.
  • There will be no tracking method for checking vaccination records. We encourage everyone to become familiar with CDC guidelines and use their best judgment.
  • We are singing during our worship services, however, our Chancel Choir Board voted to continue wearing masks at this time.  

All are welcome!

Can't Make it Sunday Morning?
Our live-streamed worship service are available for viewing on YouTube at any time. Recordings of past worship services on Zoom are available on our website here.

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 is an opportunity for children along with their families do just that. It is on the second Sunday of each month from 11:00 a.m. to about 12:30 p.m. There is a time to make crafts as a family, a short (and lively) time of gathering, and a family friendly lunch. This time is 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 we need a head count for food and supplies, so please register using the form below. Contact John Smoke for more information. Get Messy will be in the church gym at First United Methodist Church, 1032 Maple Avenue, Downers Grove, IL.

South DuPage CROP Hunger Walk


We Walk Because They Walk

  • More than 800 million people in the world go hungry every day.
  • More than 1 billion people lack access to safe drinking water and more than 2 billion lack sanitation.
  • In the last 50 years, almost 400 million people worldwide have died from hunger and poor sanitation – that’s three times the number of people killed in all wars fought in the 20th century.

The South DuPage CROP Hunger Walk is a 5 km (3.1 mile) walk held annually in October, with participants asking friends and family to sponsor them. The South DuPage community have raised nearly $970,000 over the past 37 years through holding this annual CROP Hunger Walk, which helps to support the grassroots, hunger-fighting development efforts of Church World Service (CWS) partner agencies in more than 80 countries. CROP Hunger Walks help to provide tools of hope that empower people to meet their own needs. From seeds and tools, to wells and water systems, to nutrition-enhancing Moringa trees, to technical training and micro-enterprise loans, the key is people working together to identify their own development priorities--something CWS has learned through 75 years of working in partnership around the world.

Copyright © 2023 First United Methodist Church, Downers Grove. Please report any problems to webmaster@dgfumc.org.