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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.

Youth trip to Heap's Giant Pumpkin Farm Corn Maze

Ignite Student Ministries visit to Heap's Giant Pumpkin Farm and Corn Maze

**For students in grades 7-12**

(Meet at the Open Door Youth Center at church)

Students will be traveling to the Heap's Giant Pumpkin Farm and Corn Maze in Minooka, IL and will return to the church at approximately 7:30 p.m.
Cost: $10 per student. 

Sign up by Friday, October 19 by 3:00 p.m. by emailing Pastor Anna at

Sunday, October 21, 2018 - 3:00pm

Sr. High Winter Retreat - Winter Blast

The Senior High Winter Retreat will be held at Grace Adventures Camp in Silver Lake, Michigan.

8th Graders are Invited to join us this year.

DATE:   January 5-7, 2018
(Departure will be between 12-12:30pm, returning approx. 6pm on Sunday)

An official camp medical release form, along with further information will be provided as we get closer. Please call the church if you have any questions.

No Registrations accepted after Dec. 17.

Grace Adventures Camp, Silver Lake, Michigan
Friday, January 5, 2018 - 12:00pm

Never2Young Jr. High Youth Conference

May 4-5, 2018, Indiana Wesleyan University

For Youth in grades 6th-8th

More info at:

Departing from Upper Parking Lot:  Friday at 12:30PM – youth will need to get out-of-school early that day

Returning: Saturday, approx. 7PM

Total Cost: $40 if deposit received by April 11, $45 if received by April 25.  $50 if after April 25.  Make checks out to DGFUMC.  Space is limited, first come first serve.   

Bring Registration forms to the church office or to Howie

Indiana Wesleyan University, Marion, IN
Friday, May 4, 2018 - 12:30pm

30 Hour Famine

Help Save Kid’s Lives! Ignite Students (grades 7th-12th) go 30 Hours without eating in order to raise money for children malnourished and/or dying of hunger in Third World Countries. Students must raise at least $35 to participate in the 30 Hour Famine. That is just over $1.17 per hour of the fast and is the amount of money that will feed a child for a month. Students start the Famine on their own by stopping eating anything but juice and water on Friday at 7AM. They then meet at the church for a Lock-in at 7pm on Friday. We will go without food until 1PM, Saturday, when we will break the fast with a Pot-Luck meal provided by the parents. During our time together, we will talk about hunger, worship, play games, juice breaks, and have fun being hungry together! For more information, call Howie at the church @ (630) 968-7120, ext. 203.

If your son/daughter is not physically capable of fasting for 30 hours, he or she can still participate in a modified fast. Please contact Howie if you would like to discuss this option.

Please see the registration form below for more information.

Fundraising Packets have arrived – pick up yours! You can also set-up an online account and start seeking support online. Go to to join our team: DGFUMC Ignite.

Open Door Youth Center
Friday, February 23, 2018 - 7:00pm

Ignite Youth Blankets Service Event

Bring a good pair of scissors.

And bring money for Subway lunch and $5 to help toward the materials purchased.

Please contact Maria Lippert at for more information.

Open Door Youth Center
Saturday, November 18, 2017 - 10:00am

Holiday Cheer in Rogers Park

Thursday, December 21, meet at the church at 4:30pm – back around 9:30pm. Bring a snack! Help us with serving a meal and the love of Christ with the neighborhood folks of the United Church of Rogers Park.

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

Thursday, December 21, 2017 - 4:30pm

Ignite Youth Christmas Party

The Ignite group will be having a Christmas party from 6-8pm - Food, games,...

Bring a White Elephant Gift to Exchange.  (A White Elephant Gift is something you have around the house that you do not want - hopefully something funny. Please do NOT purchase anything for this gift exchange.)

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

Open Door Youth Center
Sunday, December 10, 2017 - 6:00pm

Ingite Youth - Light of a Luminary

December 23, 1-4pm, All Youth are invited to help us create a host of luminaries for the Christmas Eve service. No experience necessary, we will show you how.

Also, we'll be watching Veggie Tales while we work!

Saturday, December 23, 2017 - 1:00pm

Youth 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
Sunday, October 8, 2017 - 8:00pm

Sr. High Youth Bible Study

Want to go deeper?

Sr. High Youth Bible Study, Wednesdays, 6pm

Grab some food and join us in the Youth Center as we go deeper into faith issues in God's Word.

Open Door Youth Center
Wednesday, September 27, 2017 - 6:00pm


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