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.

This program is no longer active. We do rent out tables and chairs, but do not deliver. For prices and information please contact Don Dunham with any questions.

Table and Chair 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.

We have transitioned to only renting out chairs and tables, for customer pick-up only. Our prices are competitive with commercial vendors and benefit our wonderful programs.

For prices and information please contact Don Dunham with any questions.

Confirmation Classes

Our Confirmation preparatory program for 7th & 8th grade students meets on Sundays in person this fall. We will add in-person service projects, fellowship events, and worship experiences as the coronavirus situation improves. 


7th Grade Class meets from 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. 
8th Grade Class meets from 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. 


Assist our pastors during Sunday 10:00 a.m. worship by signing up for acolyte responsibilites. SIgn up here.

CROP Hunger Walk Sign up

 Join our church's team and help Deacon Wes earn more than Pastor John Smoke. If he doesn't earn more, Deacon Wes has to wear a Bears jersey during the walk! Click on this link to walk with the DGFUMC team and to get started raising funds and awareness! 


November 5 - 6 at Reynolds Wood in DIxon, Illinois


May 2, 2022


Please contact Deacon Wesley Door at for more information about Confirmation classes, CROPWalk, the retreat, and more!

Gym, Open Door Youth Center, Room 215, Room 218
Sunday, September 19, 2021 - 3:00pm

Youth Camp Out at Church

Youth Camp Out at Church

Saturday, July 10 to Sunday, July 11
Join Deacon Wes and your church friends as we camp out at the church from Saturday, July 10 at 6:00 p.m. to Sunday, July 11 at 9:30 a.m.

We will set up one of our party tents in the yard next to the parking lot for sleeping. Activities will include a hot dog and hamburger dinner on the grill, campfire with s’mores, games, outdoor movie, and time for fellowship with one another. If the weather is poor, we will turn it into a "lock in" so we will hold the event rain or shine!

Click here to sign up

Youth will need to bring a sleeping bag, pillow, and an air mat or cot. Email Deacon Wes at for any questions. 

North Parking Lot
Saturday, July 10, 2021 - 6:00pm

2021 DGFUMC Scholarship Application

Each year, DGFUMC awards scholarships to college students who have been involved in our church and who have completed at least one year of college. Scholarship application season begins on May 1. 

Students interested in applying for the scholarship may fill out an application (available below or by request), Download and print out the scholarship and email the completed form to Carolyn Donnelly at by Tuesday, July 6. Recipients will be announced in July and honored at a 10:00 a.m. worship service in August.

To donate to this important ministry, visit

If you have questions, contact Deacon Wes Dorr, youth minister, at or Carolyn Donnelly, office manager and financial secretary, at

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.

Youth Rally in the Parking Lot

Join Deacon Wes and your church friends in the parking lot of the church for an evening of fun! Wear your masks and join us!

Friday, September 11, 2020 - 7:30pm

Confirmed in Christ

Throughout my time as a youth pastor, here and with previous congregations, I look forward to confirmation every year. For two years, our soon-to-be freshman have gathered together to study the Bible, learn Methodist theology and history, and grapple with their relationship with the Church and with God. This Sunday, they choose to be confirmed. They choose to commit themselves to growing in relationship with Christ and with our congregation.

POSTPONED - Chapel Choir 50th Choir Tour Celebration


Since we are in uncertain times about when life may return to normal, the 50th Chapel Choir Tour Celebration has been postponed. The revised dates are still to be determined. We will provide updated information as the planning committee makes decisions.

In the meantime, please connect with our Facebook group for updated information at the following link. Share the link with all of your Chapel Choir friends. Feel free to share the Facebook link with all of your Chapel Choir friends!

Join the Fun!

We are trying to gather everyone’s contact information, so send your name, years in choir, address, email, and phone number as a Facebook message or email


Subscribe to Youth

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