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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 Class

Our Confirmation Preparatory Program for 7th & 8th Grade students meets on Sundays this Fall 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. 


November 1 - 3 at Wesley Woods Retreat Center, Williams Bay, Wisconsin


October 20 from 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. for all 7th and 8th grade Confirmation students. A meal with mentors follows from 5:00 - 6:00 p.m.
November 17 from 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. for all 7th and 8th grade Confirmation students. A meal with mentors follows from 5:00 - 6:00 p.m. 


Saturday, September 28 - Feed My Starving Children, Time TBD
Saturday, November 23 - Yorkville Homeless Ministry, Meet at Church at 10:00 a.m.

Please contact Deacon Wesley Door at for more information.

Gym, Open Door Youth Center, Room 215, Room 218
Sunday, September 15, 2019 - 4:00pm

Confirmation Program Youth Retreat

Friday, November 1 to Sunday, November 3

Youth in the Confirmation program are invited to a retreat at Wesley Woods Retreat Center in Williams Bay, Wisconsin.

Contact Wes Dorr at 630.968.7120, ext. 203 or for more information.

Open Door Youth Center
Friday, November 1, 2019 - 4:00pm

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

Chapel Choir Welcome Supper, Parent Meeting and Registration

ATTENTION: High School Students and Parents!

You are cordially invited to attend the Chapel Choir kick-off dinner and informational meeting at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 28 in the DGFUMC gym. Our FIRST REHEARSAL will follow from 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.

This annual event signals the start of another exciting year for Chapel Choir, highlighted by the 2020 Tour to New York City. Weekly rehearsals begin Wednesday, September 11 at 7:00 p.m.

We encourage you to invite friends to share a meal and learn about plans and activities for the coming year at this welcome meeting. All 9th-12th grade students are welcome. There will be registration cards and permission/medical forms to complete, as well as several volunteer sign-up sheets. The tentative calendar will be discussed and important information distributed. There will also be ample opportunity to have your questions answered.

To assist with logistics, please let Don ( know how many will be attending by Tuesday, August 27.

Church Gym
Wednesday, August 28, 2019 - 6:00pm

Summer Youth Group - Games in the Park

Youth Group for youth entering grades 7th through 12th grade in the Fall

Join Deacon Wes, weather permitting, for softball and yard games. 

Meet at McCollum Park!

McCollum Park
Monday, August 5, 2019 - 1:00pm

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

Wash and Worship

A Wash and Worship youth car wash will take place Sunday morning, July 7 and Sunday, August 18 beginning at 8:00 a.m.

Have your car washed while you attend worship services! 

All donations received benefit youth ministries.

Parking Lot
Sunday, July 7, 2019 - 8:00am

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

One Body with Many Parts

This week in worship, we will be focusing on togetherness. As we join for one service at 10:00 a.m. with both the Chapel Choir and Chancel Choir, we worship and walk together in faith with our confirmation class. It seems like more than ever before our culture is very divided!  In some instances, it is difficult to have meaningful conversations with people we love because our views may be polar opposite.

Adopt-a-Stream Annual River Clean-up

The Downers Grove First United Methodist Church has adopted a section of St. Joseph Creek located north of Curtiss Street and east of Walnut Avenue about two miles west of our church property. On Saturday, May 18, we’ll gather to clean up the creek by picking up trash along the banks. Please mark your calendar to come and volunteer!

The Adopt-a-Stream program is administered by DuPage County in partnership with The Conservation Foundation, a local nonprofit dedicated to preserving natural areas and rivers and promoting stewardship of the environment. The May 18 clean-up day will be part of their annual DuPage River Sweep.

All you’ll need to bring are waterproof boots (or shoes that you don’t mind getting muddy) and work gloves, if you have them. Tools, water, and snacks will be provided. This is a great activity for kids to participate in with a parent or guardian.

Sign-up sheets will be available in the parlor, or you can email Vera Miller at to RSVP.

See attached flyer for more information.

Saturday, May 18, 2019 - 9:00am


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