Upcoming Events

Fall/Winter 2016 Events for Children & Families



Feed My Starving Children - September 10 @ 4:30PM

Join with other families at Gloria Dei as we kickoff the Hands@Work weekend with hearts filled for service to our neighbors around the world. We will be packing meals at the FMSC site in Aurora from 4:30-6:30PM that Saturday. To sign-up, contact Aaron for the registration link. We are encouraging families of all shapes and sizes (meeting FMSC requirements for ages) to consider doing this project.


Sunday School Kickoff - September 11 @ 10:05AM

We start another year of Sunday School on this Sunday, and will kick things off as a large group in the Nave (main worship space). Following this, students will be led to their classes to get to know their teachers and peers for the year. Parents are always welcome in class. Sunday School begins at 10:05 and ends at 10:50 each week during the school year. For the safety of your child and all participants, we ask that you please fill out a registration form.


Trunk-or-Treat - October 29 1:00-3:00PM

This will be our 3rd Annual safe and friendly alternative to trick-or-treating in the Downers Grove neighborhood. All kids are welcome, and we encourage families and adults to come in costume, decorating a car trunk in our parking lot or a table in our gathering area. We will also be needing donations of candy. More details coming soon. Hope to see you at Gloria Dei that day!


First Communion - November 12-13

All children are welcome to attend a highly interactive workshop on November 12 as they learn about the sacrament that occurs at the Lord’s Table. We hold no age-limit on God’s gift of grace, however, this course is designed for children in Kindergarten through 5th grade. If your child is ready and falls outside that age-range, please be in contact as we do not want to withhold God’s Meal from anyone. Following the workshop, students are encouraged to gather with their friends and family at the 11:00AM worship service on November 13 where they will make their First Communion.


Advent/Christmas Party - December 10 (Tentative)

We will be holding a special Family Advent/Christmas party in December. Save the date and be on the lookout for more details as we draw closer to this time in the church year.



For more information, contact:

Aaron Shoppa, Director of Youth & Family Ministries

aaron.shoppa@gloriadeichurch.org / 630-968-6231 (x105)


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