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.
After the dust settled and trash got taken out, I got a chance to sit back and think through the highlights from this year’s DiscipleNow retreat. Here are a few:
- Our speaker, Aaron Thompson: The theme for the weekend was “the greatest” commandment (Matthew 22:37-39). Aaron showed us how to love God and love others and how those ideas work together. (See video below.)
- The Small Groups: Students discussed what they were learning in each session. They shared how they felt God leading them forward after the retreat.
- Hanging Out and Serving: We set up a bouncy-house and Mario Kart and made free hot drinks on Saturday morning. Everyone loved it! After lunch, we went out and served our community. Half of the group fixed a patio, mulched berms and worked on the new garage on the church campus. The other half went to Alden Valley Assisted Living and played games with the residents.
Throughout the weekend, students encountered God and renewed their dedication to Him.
At Sunday Morning Youth Group a few weeks ago, I sat with the High School students to hear a student lead the morning discussion. This lesson sparked a debate, and it became evident that one student involved in the debate was seriously wrestling with the topic on a spiritual level.
Afterwards, I heard one of our Youth Group Student Interns walk up to this troubled student,”Hey, are you doing ok? I could tell this topic bothered you a little bit.” He answered, “Yeah, I just really take this stuff seriously.” The student replied, “Well, I think you made some great points. You know, we do this type of discussion at our small group every Sunday night. We chill and hang out at Mark and Ashley’s house. I would love to have you come!”
I nearly broke into a “touchdown” dance. I am so proud of our students in how they care about each other, and see value in bringing others with them to participate in discipleship.
Twenty-four parents and influential adults gathered in the Common Grounds room to hear Grant Stenzel, a local clinical psychologist, present on “Teen Anger, Anxiety, and Fears.”
Grant reminded us that emotions are not wrong. “Everyone has emotions!” He shared examples of how to make anger worse for teens, such as yelling, arguing, and telling a teenager that they are being irrational. He then explained how to help teens express their emotion in positive ways. Next, he gave examples on how to make anxiety worse, such as telling them to get over it, and not clearly stating expectations. Finally, Grant talked about fear, including bullying and cyber-bullying. We can help by not overreacting to their fear and helping them with self-care.
The attendees had an opportunity to ask questions at the end of the presentation. With each question, Grant spoke confidence to each parent that they were doing a good job. One parent, whose teens attend the Coffeehouse, felt so much emotion from her questions and encouragement from Grant that she began to tear up.
I am thankful to God for a community in which teens and their parents are valued.
We hope you will join us at our upcoming Parenting Teens events:
- “Getting Money for College” presented by Melissa Kriauciunas, Illinois Student Assistance Commission. Fri Dec 5, 7-8:30pm.
- The Parenting Teens Course, a video and conversation-style course facilitated by seasoned parents for parents of teens
Part 1: Fridays – Jan 9, 16, 23, 30, February 6
Part 2: Fridays – Feb, 13, 20, March 6, 13, 20
I like puzzles. They have many real life correlations. Sometimes it takes much time and searching to find an elusive piece to complete a section. Often you think you have it figured out, but then something trips you up. But, as you put sections together, it’s easier to see the big picture of the puzzle. And when you finish, everything makes sense.
Understanding God is similar. There are times when I think I understand God. Other times, I’m not sure how my life experiences relate to who God is. When I read the Bible, I find that no matter my circumstances, God’s character never changes. And when I understand who God is I’m able to make sense of who I am and what I experience. Understanding who I am as a result of God’s character is similar to putting puzzle pieces together.
Join us at Friday Night Coffeehouse as we each seek to discover who “I Am.” Previously, we focused on “God Is.” In this 6-week series, we will make connections between who we are and who God is.
Are you in grades 7-12? We meet Friday nights in the downstairs Coffeehouse and Youth Quad by the gymnasium. Our schedule is as follows;
Junior High: 6:30-9:30pm
High School: 6:30-11:30pm