A safe and welcoming place for 7th-12th grade students to develop friendships, be mentored, and discover faith.
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.
Hang out, student-led worship and teaching
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.
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.
Youth Alpha is a non-confrontational party to ask anything about life and faith
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
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
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.
Do you enjoy listening? Care about your community? Could you see yourself doing activities alongside someone else? You may be interested in an introductory mentoring training session.
Sat Agu 27, 9-11:30am. 264.Coffeehouse
Bridge Groups this summer have begun, and we are having a blast! Over the summer months, we are staying connected together every couple weeks – coming together for what we call Bridge Groups. As well as being a night to have lots of fun and make new friends, we also make sure to pray for one another. Being part of Bridge Groups means community!
At the Jr High Bridge Group, we designed our own pirate ship, mastered the art of Nuke’em, and learned how to roast hot dogs over the fire in true medieval fashion. At the High School Bridge Group, there has also been some international flair with an introduction to Canadian s’mores. Yum! Be ready for more excitement to come!
While leading a small group, I felt a prompt to stop and ask, “Hey guys, what’s a question that’s been on your mind in regards to your relationship with God or something that provoked your thinking?”
The side conversations stopped almost instantly. For the next 45 minutes, the discussion ranged from the ‘LGBTQ Day of Silence,’ to a teacher criticizing the students question about his Christian faith. Another question, “How do I respond to my brother who doesn’t trust God anymore?”
We looked at how the Bible responds to these issues, and how we should respond to these probing questions and issues.
Not only was it evident that a weight was lifted off the students, but as leaders, Anna and I (Nate), walked away encouraged. God’s Word always applies to our life–meaning our actual daily choices and life situations. Our teens are learning that and finding joy through it.
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.