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.

Meet Evan Jones, our summer Youth Intern

By Nate Kugel on May 26, 2016

Evan Jones

Hello there! My name is Evan Jones.  I am interning under Nate this summer as a Youth Intern. I’m originally from Toronto, Canada, so feel free to poke fun of my accent ‘eh’!

Currently, I am going into my senior year at Moody Bible Institute in downtown Chicago, which is where I met my wonderful fiancee! Her name is Sarah, and I hope you’ll be seeing her around a few times this summer. I am very much looking forward to being part of Bloomingdale, and am so excited to get to know as many people as possible!

Sometimes I have a serious, thoughtful side, and other times my wilder, playful side comes out. I love some academic pursuits – reading, writing.  I also love sports, hiking, biking and other outdoors stuff. Also, if are ever hungry, stop by the brown house to see what I’m cooking – another hobby of mine. Looking forward to getting to know you more this summer!

Graduating Seniors Banquet & Transitions

It is crazy to think that graduation is soon upon us…and a huge transition is coming for many of our teens!  The Youth Ministry and Youth Staff at Bloomingdale Church want to do whatever we can to celebrate with and support  your family and bridge each student into the next step.

Graduating Seniors Banquet
Tues May 31, 6:30-8:30pm. Honoring graduating seniors (and their families) Hosted by Youth Ministry & 18.20somethings leaders  RSVP to youth@bloomingdalechurch.org.

The 12th Grade Banquet Dinner is a time to celebrate together with the student, their parent(s), and youth leaders and mentors. The banquet includes a catered meal, an opportunity for each student’s parent to share a word of encouragement about them and to them, and a short challenge from their leaders and mentors. The students are officially invited into the 18.20somethings group as well.

Coffeehouse BBQ
Fri Jun 10.  – The senior’s last night at Coffeehouse.

1820s on Thursdays
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 2.

From Brent Steinke 18.20somethings Director:  Hey graduating high school seniors.  We are super excited about having you join the 18.20’s community! You can look forward to hanging out with other 18.20somethings, in-depth Bible study, gaining new wisdom about life (college, relationships, careers, the future, etc), and good times! Everyone in the 18.20somethings group welcomes you!

Youth Summer Bridge Groups

Hanging out, building friendships, being a community together.  Jr High and High School Bridge Groups are a summer community thing.

7-8th Grade Bridge Group
Thursdays, 7-8:30pm. Kugel’s (258 Glen Ellyn Road, Gray parsonage at church)
May 12, May 26, Jun 9, Jun 23, Jul 14, Aug 4

9-12th Grade Bridge Group
Wednesdays, 8-9:30pm. Riem’s (145 S Circle, B’dale)
Jun 8, Jun 22, Jul 13, Jul 27 (at church), Aug 10


Youth Alpha – Week 6 Highlights

By Danny Muñoz on April 18, 2016

A Cool Story
One of the cool things about Friday Night Coffeehouse is that you meet students that return after awhile and you can reconnect through conversations, games, or over some food. This week, Jordan J, was back and hanging out again with us. He’s the type of student that enjoys meaningful connection with other students, volunteers and staff. “Can I have a shirt?!” He asked. “Of course, bro, welcome back!” Was the response. Then there was time to speak a bit and it was great! That is part of what makes what Coffeehouse both rewarding and fun. The fact that we have time to build relationship and spend time together. It is all the more fulfilling when a student returns whose been gone awhile, or is a first-timer. If it’s been some time since you have been with us on a Friday Night Coffeehouse, what are you waiting for? Join us!