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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 Spring Break Pre-Tour Concert

All are welcome to join us as the Chapel Choir presents a sneak peek of its upcoming Spring Break Tour program, Live to Love, at United Methodist Church of New Lenox, 339 New Lenox Rd.

United Methodist Church of New Lenox, 339 New Lenox Rd., New Lenox
Sunday, March 18, 2018 - 4:00pm

Senior High Mission Trip to Red Lake, MN

Our Senior High group is going on it's annual Mission Trip. This year we are going to Red Lake Reservation, Minnesota, through Group Workcamps. At Workcamps, teenagers come together to serve individuals and communities while building strong, long-lasting relationships with their friends and youth leaders. In six short days, hundreds of teenagers from youth groups across the country repair and transform homes while growing closer to Jesus.

See the attached registration form for more details.

Red Lake Reservation, Minnesota
Saturday, July 14, 2018 - 5:00am

Rogers Park Mission Trip

Our annual trip to United Church of Rogers Park for youth entering grades 7 in the Fall through graduating seniors. We will be helping with the Kids Club.

See attached form with registration cost due dates. 

United Church of Rogers Park, 1545 West Morse Avenue, Chicago, IL 60626
Sunday, July 29, 2018 - 9:30am

Ignite Afterglow

Ignite Youth Group Afterglow

After the 4pm Chapel Choir Pre-Tour & Home Concerts

Bring $5 for Pizza!  We'll play games, hang-out and enjoy some Pizza!

(Ignite is for youth in grades 7-12)

Please contact Howie Snyder, Director of Youth Ministries for more information.

Sunday, March 18, 2018 - 6:00pm

Ash Wednesday

Ash WednesdayAll are invited to start the Lenten season by attending our Ash Wednesday service from 7pm-8pm on February 14. This service will be held in the Sanctuary.

Nicole Snyder will be preaching, and the Connection Choir will be singing.

Youth Groundhog Day Lock-In!

Bring a Snack and/or 2-Liter of Soda to Share!

ALSO: Bring sleeping bag/pillow and sleeping mat/air mattress as we will be going horizontal by 3am

PERMISSION FORM attached!  (Permission Form is not needed if we have a 2017-2018 Ignite Permission form already on file for you)


Open Door Youth Center
Friday, February 2, 2018 - 8:00pm

Youth Ice Skating Outing

Meet at Darien Sportsplex, 451 Plainfield Rd, Darien, IL,


Non-Resident: $7,  Skate Rental: $2

Bring extra money for Concessions

Open to all Youth in grades 7th-12th

Families are welcome to join us - younger children welcome with parent supervision

Darien Sportsplex, 451 Plainfield Rd, Darien, IL
Saturday, January 27, 2018 - 7:00pm

Chapel Choir Parents Meeting

We will be going over Tour Information, financials and details. Two times are available to accomodate parents' schedules: 

• Sunday, Jan. 28, 10:45-11:15am, Open Door Youth Center (Upper Level)

• Wednesday, Jan. 31, 6:30-7:00pm, Chapel Hall

Open Door Youth Center & Chapel Hall
Sunday, January 28, 2018 - 10:45am

Chapel Choir Christmas Concert

Please join the Chapel Choir as they present their Christmas Concert, A Little Bit of Hope. This program of uplifting holiday sounds will be directed by Nick Loos and accompanied by Kevin Zehme.

Admission is free, but donations are sincerely appreciated. All money raised supports the Chapel Choir program and their Spring Break Tour as they share their gift of music and spread the word of the Gospel through their music. 

We encourage you to invite family, friends, and neighbors as we rejoice in the birth of our Lord and Savior with this program of holiday music.

Sunday, December 16, 2018 - 4:00pm

Sleep Out Saturday

Ignite Youth Ministry participation in Bridge Communities' Homeless Awareness Event‎

In conjunction with the Youth Ministry at First Congregational United Church of Christ we will be sleeping out at Fishel Park in support of Bridge Communities and their mission to help DuPage County homeless families! If conditions are too cold or wet, we may head into the Open Door Youth Center or the Youth Room of First Congregational UCC.

Students may take donations and/or pledges, but this is not required. To donate or to register to raise funds go to:


5PM: Meet at the Open Door to drive out to Glen Ellyn
5:30: Drive to Glen Ellyn for Sleep Out Saturday Rally
9PM: Return to Church and head over to Fishel Park to Sleep out with First Congregational UCC
7AM: Breakfast at First Congregational UCC
8AM: Return to DGFUMC


Tent, warm sleeping bag, pillow, sleeping mat (optional), toiletries for morning,
Towel & shower items (optional: showers available at our church)


Meet at Open Door Youth Center
Saturday, November 4, 2017 - 5:00pm


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