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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.

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

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

Chapel Choir 50th Choir Tour Celebration

Chapel Choir 50th Tour Image

“People, Get Ready!” for our 50th Chapel Choir Tour Celebration which is definitely “A Reason to Rejoice” on June 17-19, 2022. “Right Now” our planning committee is launching registration for this special weekend.

Chapel Choir members and alumni along with choir directors, chaperones, youth leaders, ministers and parents are invited to participant in exciting events throughout the weekend. Spouses and significant others are welcome to register for all of the events!

Please connect with our Facebook group at the following link to get updated registration information. Share the link with all of your Chapel Choir friends.

This is “A Season to Celebrate” for everyone. The schedule includes:

Friday, June 12: 6:00 – 9:00 pm - Chapel Choir “Friends Forever” Festivities at Carriage Greens (8700 Carriage Greens Drive) in Darien. (Generous Appetizers & Cash Bar)

~ Early Bird: $40 per person / April 1: $50 per person. If needed, register for Friday evening childcare at the church.

Saturday, June 13: 9:00 – 11:30 am – “Back to the Basics” Chapel Choir Rehearsal at DGFUMC. After the rehearsal, join us for the “Celebrate Life” Together Boxed Lunch. 

~ Early Bird: $15 per person / April 1: $20 per person.

Sunday, June 14: 10:00 am - “Lightshine” Singing in Sunday Service at DGFUMC

Official 50th Tour Celebration Shirt with 50 Memorable Tours listed on back

Confirmation Class

Our Confirmation Preparatory Program for 7th & 8th Grade students meets on Sundays and includes classes, modern worship services, local service projects, and fellowship events. 


8th Grade Class meets from 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. 
7th & 8th Grade Classes meet for a Fellowship Snack/Dinner from    5:00 - 5:30 p.m. 
7th Grade Class meets from 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. 

Classes will meet on the following dates: 

Sundays, November 17 and 24  
Sunday, December 1 
Sundays, January 12 and 26 
Sundays, February 2, 9, 16, and 23 
Sundays, March 1, 8, 15, and 22 


January 19 from 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. For all 7th and 8th grade Confirmation students. 

Spaghetti dinner with mentors follows from 5:00 - 6:00 p.m.


February 26 - For all 7th and 8th grade Confirmation students. 

7:00 p.m. (Confirmation class needs to arrive by 6:30 p.m.)


December 3; January 7; February 4; March 3 
Meet at Church at 4:30 p.m.


Confirmation Sunday: April 19 at 10:00 a.m. 
Confirmation Practice is Wednesday, April 15 at 6:00 p.m. (8th Grade Class only)


Please contact Deacon Wesley Door at for more information.

Gym, Open Door Youth Center, Room 215, Room 218
Sunday, November 17, 2019 - 4:00pm

Pancake Breakfast - Youth Activities Fundraiser

PancakesBe sure to make plans to stop by the gym before or after the 10:00 a.m.  service to continue in fellowship and enjoy a Pancake Breakfast. Join us to meet new people, reconnect with old friends! Invite your neighbors, friends, and family to come with you too!

Free-will donations support youth activities, such as the Chapel Choir Tour and Youth Mission Trips. 

Sunday, February 2, 2020 - 8:30am


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