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: 6:30-9:30pm (must be picked up by 10pm)
9th-12th grade: 6:30-11pm (must be picked up by 11:30pm)

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A weekly space to come together to grow in our understanding of God’s Word and how it must be transforming our lives, including 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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Helping make a natural transition through a fun social  group.

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The Mentoring Project connects teen guys with Christian men and teen girls with Christian women who are encouraging role models.

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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.

The Attitude of Gratitude

By Danny Muñoz on November 18, 2015

What is it about having a positive attitude that makes it infectious? Have you ever noticed its effect on others for good or ill? People who have a positive demeanor are generally surrounded by others. Why? Because it is pleasant to be in the company of those that make us feel better about ourselves and the world around us. One of these attitudes I find to be most influencing is gratitude.

It is no surprise that it is during this season we find our inboxes, Instagram, Facebook & Twitter news feeds bombarded with reminders that tell us, “Be thankful,” or “Count your blessings.” After all, Thanksgiving is right around the corner. But are these merely empty reminders to be grateful, or should they be taken more seriously? I believe when we have an attitude of gratitude we are not only appreciative of God’s many blessings to us, but we are filled with joy and spread that to others. Gratitude is an infectious attitude, yes; but it is also a choice!

“Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” (1 Thessalonians 5:18)

“In all circumstances,” meaning even when we don’t feel like it, even when we don’t want to. Thankfulness is a decision. It takes effort.

Take time to count your blessings every day, out loud. This will help shape your attitude and hopefully others will benefit. Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life because it does so much for others, not just ourselves.

By the way, one way you can show your gratitude and spread its joy is by volunteering a food item for one of our upcoming Thanksgiving Dinners:

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Introducing NextGen Staff Team

By Daniel Riem on November 2, 2015

Introducing the NextGen Staff Team (Kids & Teens)
Our church has adapted a team-based approach in our children and teen programming called NextGen (ages 0 through 18 years of age).  We serve as a team, with focused individual responsibilities and shared team roles as well.  We strive to make all of our KidsQuest programing (nursery through sixth grade) and all our Youth Group programing (7th grade through 12th grade) irresistible to kids and teens and helpful to parents.  The NextGen Staff Team is:

Daniel (& Amy) Riemenschneider: Administrative Pastor (NextGen & Communications)
Directing NextGen Staff, People Care & Prayer (11-12th grade students, NextGen volunteers, parents), Youth Ministry (Mentoring Project, marketing, administration), BC Communications (websites, newsletters, marketing)

Nate (& Anna) Kugel: Youth Discipleship (& Saturday Night) Pastor
People Care & Prayer (7-8th grade students), Youth Discipleship (Sunday Morning Youth Group, Small Groups, 6th grade assimilation, student fundraising), Saturday Worship Pastoral Care, Short Film Team, Network Administrator

Daniel Muñoz: Youth Community Outreach Director
People Care & Prayer (9-10th grade students), Youth Community Outreach (Friday Night Coffeehouse, Youth Alpha, serving, student activities support)

Charlie (& Miriam) Audino: Young Families Director
People Care & Prayer, Young Families, Newsletter, Children’s Discipleship (Noah’s Ark Nursery, Children’s Church teaching/shepherding teams)

Victoria Paul: Children’s Outreach Director
People Care & Prayer, Children’s Outreach (Children’s Church experience teams, Crossroads Kids Club, Awana Club, outreach events, Day Camp), Administrator (check-in, data)

The Presence of Parents

By Danny Muñoz on November 1, 2015

If you are the parent or mentor of a teenager, I am sure you realize the importance of being present in their life. This is not always an easy endeavor because teens want you around, while at other times they really just want some space.  It is not the ‘Electric Slide’ or ‘Macarena.’ Nonetheless, it is an important dance in which parents and mentors must engage.

One way we as a Youth Ministry are supporting parents and mentors in being present, is the volunteer opportunity at Friday Night Coffeehouse. We have had several parents volunteer as Check-in Hosts and Parent Hosts on a once per month basis. These volunteer roles cover multiple aspects: serving and being present in the lives of students, while allowing students to have space too. This also helps us to reinforce the safe and welcoming nature to our youth group programming.

The presence of parents and mentors in the lives of teens is essential for healthy development, and it is our aim to provide a place where the growth and development of our students can be nurtured. If you want to be part of meaningful and lasting impact on our students, join the dance.  Email us at youth@bloomingdalechurch.org

DiscipleNow 2015

Our youth group offers multiple avenues to help students develop closer relationships with God and with each other: On November 6-8,  students will hear three sessions from our special speaker, Dan Colwin, jump around on a bouncy house, serve together, and “CRASH” with other local youth groups at an annual youth event.  At the end of each day, students will stay at adult chaperoned host homes where they will have a chance to debrief the days activities and themes.

We begin Friday November 6th at 6:30pm and end Sunday November 8th at noon. Check out past “DNow” experiences at www.storiesof.us/dnow.

Click here to sign up for DNow 2015 .