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Teens are finding what they are looking for at Bloomingdale Church’s Coffeehouse. Although the games, music, snacks, and the coffee are popular, they are not what brings students back every Friday night. Claire L (13, Glenbard East HS in Lombard) told us, “It’s like a family.”

Life is confusing, scary and lonely. Whether you are homeschooled or attending a large public school, junior high and high school are a particularly challenging time in development. No matter how solitary of a life you create for yourself, you have a natural need to fit in somewhere. Mark F (16, Glenbard North HS in Carol Stream) told us, “These people are going to care for you, care about you. They’re going to genuinely want to know what’s going on in your life and they’re going to pray for you. I don’t think there’s anything else like that.”

Why is Coffeehouse different? Because it was developed as a safe and welcoming community center—properly supervised by fun adults who care.

Grant P (16, Roselle) told us, “It’s pretty much like home, I can’t imagine life without it.”

All teens are encouraged to bring friends. No one is expected to be comfortable walking in alone, but we guarantee no one will be alone for long. Check us out.

*Quotes are from ACTUAL REAL LIVE TEENS from Bloomingdale Church. No teens were harmed or harassed in the writing of this story.

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What do you get when you combine an ambitious vision for a group of students, dedicated adults, commitment to serving others, and community partnership with a local church? You get the Marquardt Student Service Society – a group of fifty  Marquardt 7th graders who were formed with much effort between the school district, faculty members along with the support and collaboration of Bloomingdale Church. The group’s purpose centers on personal development and growth through acts of service to the community.

On Friday, May 20, the Youth Group at Bloomingdale Church invited the MSSS to an appreciation party. Bloomingdale Church Student Interns and adult volunteers participated in planning and having different stations for the Marquardt students to enjoy: Gagaball and street hockey, bounce house and basketball, coloring, and karaoke. There were special goodies provided by the Women of BC and local businesses like Starbucks. (Thanks Martin and team!) and Chick-fil-A (You’re awesome Angie and team!).

There were smiles all around, music rocking, yummy food, games a plenty, and tons of fun! All was done in appreciation of the Marquardt Student Service Society by organizations that value dedicated service to others.

With 31 teenagers and 7 leaders, our Youth Group OnMission team served the South Elgin community. 

“We are all hoping that we can accomplish what God has sent us hear (sic) to do, have a fun time, and spread the word about Christ.”  -Josh V.

“Even through all the hard work and sweat we put into these mission trips, It is 100% worth it.”  -Trinity F.

“I thought it was cool how people even skipped lunch and worked later than they had to just to get more work done. This would be a type of trip that I would do again.”  Michelle H. 

“During this trip I learned a lot about God and about his love. I grew in my relationship with [Him] so much. Everyone that came on the trip worked really hard and we got most of the stuff done.”   -Jeremy H.

Highlights:

Our students learned what it means to trust God in real time, and how easy it is to do great things this close to home. For more trip stories and student blog quotes, check out storiesof.us/soelgin.

Student’s Interview Junior High onMission Trip 2014

Nate interviews Trinity, Grant, and Kayla about their experiences in Chatanooga

Student’s Interview High School onMission Trip 2014

Matt interviews Jeremy and Arianna about their experiences serving in Chicago.

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Rebecca lives in Carol Stream, IL.

Isabella D

Isabella lives in Bloomingdale, IL.

Kayla C

Kayla lives in Roselle, IL.

A safe and welcoming place for 7th-12th grade students to develop friendships, be mentored, and discover faith.

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A safe and welcoming youth community center every Friday Night
7th & 8th grade: 6:30-9:30pm (picked up by 10pm)
9th-12th grade: 6:30-11pm (picked up by 11:30pm)

Do you want a place where you can hang out with your friends and meet kids from different schools? Are you into playing sports or playing board games? Do you just want a place to hang out on Friday night after a long week? If that sounds good, come to Friday Night Coffeehouse – a place where you will always be welcome,  can hang out with friends and make some new friends too.

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Hang out, student-led worship and teaching
7th-12th grade
Sundays, 9:30ish-10:45am

What would it look like to attend a group in which is lead by students?  Listen to the teen band playing contemporary worship songs, the interactive Bible discussions, the active learning exercises.  Join us at Sunday Morning Youth Group, Sundays at 9:45 in the youth quad.

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Students hanging out in family homes with the adult teen leaders, building friendships and discussing the Bible
7th-12th grade, age specific groups
Offered fall, spring, and summer

Need a chance to unwind and hang out with friends? Small groups are a loose hangout where we discuss the practical applications of the Bible together. Small Groups are  8-10 weeks in the spring and fall. Bridge Groups meet during the summer as a fun social group that helps teens make a natural transition.

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Youth Alpha is a non-confrontational party to ask anything about life and faith
7th-12th grade
Fridays, 6:30-9:30pm

It’s a Friday night teen party. It’s free food. It’s new people to meet that don’t judge. It’s a chill space to to talk about life, faith, & God. It’s 7-12th grade. It’s Youth Alpha @264coffeehouse

THE MENTORING PROJECT

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Inspiring men and women to become relational mentors to local youth
One-year commitment, meet at least twice a month

“I like the mentoring program because I have someone I can go to and talk to about anything.” (Jay, mentee).  Details and sign up at mentor.bloomingdalechurch.org.

A semi-monthly serving project for our community alongside our peers, family or mentor

Supervised practical training for the onMission lifestyle
Second-semester 8th-12th grade students
Fall or Spring semester

Students who want to make the youth group even better for their peers sign up for a semester commitment of being a Student Intern. Under the leadership of one of the Youth Staff, attend bi-weekly meetings to plan and delegate tasks. Receive personal coaching in the faith journey.

Giving students the needed change of pace in order to connect with Christ. Retreats and trips assist students know what following Christ looks like
7th-12th grade
Winter Camp (February), TeamUp Retreat (August), DiscipleNow (November), onMission/Life (summer)

Sometimes it takes just getting away for a student to remove the distractions to notice God working in their lives. We offer quarterly retreats and onMission trips to give students the opportunity to take this time to serve God and get to know peers.

We believe that a teenager’s parent/guardian is the most important influence in their life and so want to do our best to encourage them.

Joseph L’s Story

Joseph shares his faith story at Bloomingdale Church. He lives in Medinah, IL.