A safe and welcoming place for 7th-12th grade students to develop friendships, be mentored, and discover Jesus.
A safe and welcoming place to hang out. Includes open-format (gym, coffeehouse, food, table-top games, and gathering event (group game, talk, conversations, music).
7th & 8th grade: 6:30-9:30 pm (must be picked up by 9:55pm)
9th-12th grade: 6:30-11:30 pm
Weekly space to about learn God’s Word and how it changes us. Prayer, interactive worship experiences, and student-led teaching.
Students hanging out in youth leader & family homes discussing the Bible.
Offered fall, spring, and summer.
Youth Alpha is a non-confrontational party to discover faith. Youth Alpha includes a meal, hang out time, and safe discussion about the Christian faith.
Helping incoming 7th and graduating 12th grade students make a natural transition through a fun social group.
THE MENTORING PROJECT
A mentoring initiative within the Bloomingdale Church community connecting 11-18 year old guys with Christian men and 11-18 year old girls with Christian women who will walk alongside them as they become mature confident adults.
A semi-monthly serving project for our community alongside our peers, family or mentor.
Supervised practical training for the onMission lifestyle
Giving students the needed change of pace in order to connect with Christ. onMission trips assist students in discerning what following Christ looks like.
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.
Two years ago, there was a large group of teenage guys who began coming to Coffeehouse. Most of them were from the neighborhood, within walking distance of the church. These guys especially loved to play basketball. In some ways, they are kind of like the Sandlot bunch – of basketball. A few years ago, several guys randomly showed up at the church wanting to play basketball. The following day, I was able to play some pick up at the park across the street from the church. And so, many of these guys started coming to Friday Night Coffeehouse as a result.
With such a large group of guys, we wanted to teach them the basics of Christianity. In the Spring of 2013, we put on a “Basketball Youth Alpha” with this specific group. Because of this, I believe many of them have become a regular part of the youth group. They have gone from stranger, to guest, to regular, and ultimately to friend with many of the youth group students and leaders.
This spring, some of the guys are on their third go-around of Youth Alpha. I can see the changes that God is doing in their lives. There is a calm and deepness in some of them, that I don’t believe was there before coming to Friday Night Coffeehouse two years ago.
It is our hope that all of the students who attend will experience the transforming power of the love of Jesus. We desire to welcome each student just as they are, and weekly to point them to the truth of the Gospel.
Besides having an awesome over-the-top party each week at Friday Night Coffeehouse, the Youth Alpha Day Away is an important ingredient to the Alpha experience. In short, the Day Away includes the same elements of Friday Night Coffeehouse, except it’s on Saturday.
This year, the Youth Alpha Day Away will be on May 16 from 9am-4:15pm. We’re looking forward to many students coming out for a fun and memorable day; including a Pop Tart bar, a build-your-own fruit salad bar, a hot breakfast, two Youth Alpha films, serving together, bowling at Brunswick Zone, hanging out with friends.
Oh, and it’s $2! Sign up by May 15: storieof.us/offsite.
INCOMING 6TH GRADE STUDENTS
- 6th Grade Banquet: Wed May 13, 6:30-8:30pm. After enjoying a catered Italian dinner, PAK leaders Mrs Marina & Dr Beard, along with each parent, will have an opportunity to share something they appreciate about their student. Then, the Youth Staff will officially welcome them in to the Youth Group. Last chance to RSVP to email@example.com.
- Bridge Group: Thu May 21, 7-8:30pm. Helping 7th-9th grade (2015-16) students get to know the youth leaders and make friends with their peers. Each event will have a fun theme. Meet on the church property at Nate & Anna Kugel’s house. (Gray House; enter through the front door.) [Additional dates: Jun 11, Jun 25, Jul 9.]
- Day Camp: Jun 16-19. A high-energy camp, with activities designed for 5/6th grade students. Sign up at bloomingdalechurch.org/daycamp. (Students currently in the youth group can sign up to serve.)
- Graduating Seniors Banquet: Tue May 12, 6:30-8:30pm. Honoring graduating seniors (and their parent.) Hosted by Youth Ministry & 18.20somethings leaders. Last chance to RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Coffeehouse Party: Fri Jun 12, 6:30-9:30pm. Celebrating the Senior’s last night at Coffeehouse.
- 1820s: Every Thursday night at 7:30pm in the Common Grounds we hang out, study the Bible, listen to music, pray, and hang out some more. Begins Jun 4. Contact email@example.com.
MATT & CHRISTINE
- Coffee & Conversations: Sun May 10, 9:45am. Hang out with Matt & Christine and hear about their upcoming journeys.
- Leader Lunch: Sun May 17, 12:30-2pm. Pray together for Matt & Christine.
- Coffeehouse Party: Fri June 5. A final coffeehouse to celebrate and thank Matt & Christine.
- Coffeehouse Welcome Party: Fri Jun 12, 6:30-9:30pm
Kickball. Everybody has played it and probably remembers the good ‘ole days on an elementary school playground. During week two of Youth Alpha, we brought back kickball. Our leaders Jay, Chris, Nate, and Lou jumped in on the action, which heightened the competition.
The exciting thing about the hour long kickball game was this: the game started at about 10 people. By the time the game really got going, there were 30 or so people smiling and having a blast at kickball. No skill level needed. Just a fun, competitive spirit.
Each week at Friday Night Coffeehouse, we work to encourage a “safe and welcoming place” for all students. It’s our hope that during Youth Alpha, and all year at Friday Night Coffeehouse, that the students who come will make friends and feel comfortable to think about and discuss matters of life, faith, and God.