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.
“D-Now is always an experience that helps me grow in my faith and explore the deeper meaning of God and truths in my life.” – Jen B.
“I really enjoyed the ‘Crash’ message. Especially with college planning and my future to look towards the idea that I should focus and listen to God-sized dreams really made an impact.” – Jeremy P.
Our annual in-house youth weekend retreat, DiscipleNow, was packed with powerful discussions, high energy activities, and meeting new people. Whether the bouncy house, passing people overhead at the “Crash” event, or even serving by cleaning up a local high school, there were plenty of new and exciting activities each student got to experience.
Charlie A, Young Families Director and a former Young Life leader, lead three talks on Jesus’ questions to us from the Gospel of John – “What do you want?” How crazy is it that Jesus asks us whether or not we want Him. These sobering discussions had a positive response from our students, inspired to see more of their peers wrestle with Jesus’ question.
For more information on our youth group, check out www.storiesof.us.
Do you like middle school students? At Bloomingdale Church, we think 5th-8th graders are fantastic. That’s why we have groups just for them – PAK & Youth Group. It is also why we have created a new Middle School Director position.
We are excited to welcome Chelsea C as our Middle School Director. Chelsea and Jarrod are childhood friends from Orville, Ohio and newlyweds (November 5, 2016)! Both came to know Jesus as Lord as children and have chosen to serve Him at Bloomingdale Church, and someday overseas.
We asked Chelsea a few questions to get to know her.
In one word, how would your friends describe you?
What is the one meal you would eat and where would you eat it?
“Horhog” – it’s lamb, potatoes, carrots cooked in this huge pot with rocks all day. Traditional Mongolian food. Amazing! And of course I’d want to eat in the countryside of Mongolia. (Note: Chelsea lived in Mongolia for two years.)
How did you originally get involved in volunteering with children’s/youth ministry?
After I was too old to be a kid in the programs, it was natural to start continuing in the programs as a junior leader and as I got older, a full leader. Awana and Day Camp were probably the main two ministries that I started with. Being a pastor’s kid, I was always helping out anywhere and everywhere. But I’ve always had a youthful spirit so working with kids and teens was where I gravitated.
A goal you have for 2016-2017?
Learn how to cook more than the four meals I now know how to make 🙂 Actually my main goal is to transition well in marriage, moving, ministry and to grow closer to the Lord in the process.
What will you be leading at Bloomingdale Church?
I’ll be serving on the NextGen staff team. I’m looking forward to caring for 5th-8th grade students and helping oversee PAK and Jr High.
Click here for more Bloomingdale Church leadership profiles. The NextGen Staff at Bloomingdale Church is:
- Daniel (and Amy) Riemenschneider – NextGen Administrative Pastor
- Victoria Paul – Children’s Outreach Director
- Nate (and Anna) Kugel – Youth Pastor
- Chelsea (and Jarrod) C – Middle School Director
- Danny Muñoz – Youth Community Outreach Director
Do you enjoy listening? Do you notice teens in your community? Could you see yourself doing activities alongside someone else? You may be interested in an introductory mentoring training session.
Sun Dec 4, 930-10:45am @264Coffeehouse
Do you like to have a good time with friends, laughing and clowning around? At Youth Group we throw numerous parties this time of year. These are opportunities to have a blast with friends, hang out with adult volunteers that care, eat, and enjoy having something to celebrate.
Fall Costume Party – Fri Oct 28, 6:30-9:30pm: Wear your best costume! Show up ready to bob for apples, play in the gym, and hear a positive message.
Thanksgiving Dinner – Fri Nov 18, 6:30-9:30pm: Gather and give thanks for God’s many blessings. We’ll provide the turkey, you just show up ready to enjoy our time and maybe even bring a side dish to share.
Christmas Party – Fri Dec 16 6:30-9:30pm: There will be trees, tinsel, Christmas lights, peppermint drinks and holiday treats. All your favorite Christmas tunes will be playing as we gather celebrate Christmas. Bring a “white elephant” gift to exchange!