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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

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Weekly space to about learn God’s Word and how it changes us. Prayer, interactive worship experiences, and student-led teaching.
Sundays, 9:30ish-10:45am

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Students hanging out in youth leader & family homes discussing the Bible.
Offered fall, spring, and summer.

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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.

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BRIDGE GROUPS

Helping incoming 7th and graduating 12th grade students make a natural transition through a fun social  group.

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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.

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

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Supervised practical training for the onMission lifestyle

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Giving students the needed change of pace in order to connect with Christ. onMission trips assist students in discerning what following Christ looks like.

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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.

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What I Have Learned My First Month at Bloomingdale Church

By Danny Muñoz on July 10, 2015

0*RikXJJU3lk080HvDLife is full of lessons; some painful, others pleasant. We experience life lessons in varying ways and seasons. They may come at the beginning of a new career, business venture, attending a new school or through experience – good or bad. I have learned my share of lessons and encourage you to do the same, but I want to focus specifically on what I have learned thus far in my first month serving as Youth Community Outreach Director of Bloomingdale Church.

Bloomingdale Church is a safe and welcoming place. From the very first time I visited Bloomingdale Church, I felt at ease with the people I have met and their endearing smiles. I believe strongly that it is important for a church to be a place guests can feel comfortable attending and relating to others. Bloomingdale Church offers plenty of both characteristics.

Bloomingdale Church is an outreaching community. With events such as Friday Night Coffeehouse for teens each week and Day Camp each summer, Bloomingdale Church has plenty to offer to the community. It was incredibly rewarding to be part of Day Camp and to see the way parents and children from many walks of life enjoyed the week’s festivities.

Bloomingdale Church has a bright future.  I was recently able to be part of the leadership team of the South Elgin OnMission trip to Community Alliance Church in South Elgin. Thirty-three of our teens and seven leaders were able to run a Day Camp and undertake a few service projects for the church. Seeing teens give up a week of their summer to serve in this way was especially impacting, even more so because of the manner in which they carried themselves. The future of Bloomingdale Church is promising if what I witnessed continues.

The aforementioned are but a few aspects that have become evident to me serving on staff at Bloomingdale Church for a month. I hope and pray to learn many more lessons during the months and years to come. Blessings to you all!


Youth OnMission – South Elgin

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:

  • We rebuilt and landscaped a whole new playground area and weeded all the gardens.
  • We painted the church entry way and repainted the church sign.
  • We led neighborhood kids through a Day Camp in a local park with five new families. (Surprisingly, for our first day, no kids showed up. We took this opportunity to stop and pray asking God what He wanted us to do next. It was clear from the teens responses that God was leading us to still bring Day Camp to this community. So we split up to run more fliers, prayed, and set up at a local park where kids saw us and joined in.)

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.