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A safe and welcoming place for 7th-12th grade students to develop friendships, be mentored, and discover faith.

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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.

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Hang out, student-led worship and teaching
7th-12th grade
Sundays, 9:30ish-10:45am

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.

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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.

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Youth Alpha is a non-confrontational party to ask anything about life and faith
7th-12th grade
Fridays, 6:30-9:30pm

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

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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
7th-12th grade
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.


“IN” Opportunities [Up. In. Out.]

By Charlie A on September 16, 2016

At Bloomingdale Church we believe that a healthy church and a healthy spiritual life is built on relationships of “Up, In, Out.”

UP – A REAL GOD CONNECTION THAT HAPPENS DAILY
IN – RELATIONSHIPS THAT HELP ME GROW IN MY FAITH
OUT – SERVING AND HELPING OTHERS FIND JESUS AS LORD

And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another. (Hebrews 10:24-25)

If you’re looking for an opportunity to join a faith community that spurs you on to spiritual maturity, consider these “IN” groups.

SUNDAY MORNING YOUTH GROUP
Hang out, student-led worship and teaching.
Sundays, 9:30ish-10:45am
Youth Quad

YOUTH SMALL GROUPS
Students hanging out in family homes with the adult teen leaders, building friendships and discussing the Bible.
Sundays, (time??)
Host homes

18.20SOMETHINGS
Young adults community seeking to understand Scripture and how it speaks to their lives.
Sundays, 9:45am
Thursdays, 7:30pm
Brent’s or Stuart’s house

YOUNG COUPLES
New married couples growing in relationships with Jesus, building one another up, desiring to strengthen marriages and become better spouses.
Thursdays, 7-8:30pm
Chris & Allison Steinke’s, Carol Stream

YOUNG PROFESSIONALS
Young, professional adults, single and married, who have social events and do community service projects.
Sundays, 9:45am
North Building – lower level

PARENTS
Parents growing in relationships with Jesus, building one another up, desiring to strengthen families and become better parents.
Sundays, 9:45am
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WOMEN’S BREAK
Women encouraging women, growing in their faith, discovering supportive relationships with other women of many ages and life experiences.
Tuesdays
Morning Break, 9-11:15 am
Evening Break, 7-8:30 pm.
Common Grounds

MONDAY NIGHT MEN’S BASKETBALL
Men gather for a brief Bible study and then play basketball.
Mondays, 7pm
Gymnasium

MONDAY NIGHT MEN
Men gather for a Bible study and prayer.
Mondays, 7:30pm
Youth Quad

FRIDAY MORNING MEN
Men gather for a brief Bible reflection and then do handy work around the church.
1st & 3rd Fridays @ 9am
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SATURDAY MORNING MEN’S PRAYER
Men gather to pray for men’s families, friends, church, and the world.
Saturdays, 8am
South Lobby

MIDDLE GROUND
Men and women who are somewhere in the middle — not a 20-somethings, but not quite a seasoned saint.
Sundays, 9:45am
Common Grounds

RECOVERY THROUGH CHRIST
Men and women gather for spiritual and emotional healing through a combination of the practical words of the Bible and the 12 Steps of Recovery.
Saturdays, 7:30pm
North Building – lower level

ALPHA GATHER
Diverse group of people meeting once every other week for food, friendship, and growth through teaching, song, and prayer.
Wednesdays, 6:35-7:55pm
Brick house (264)

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YouthGroup Small Groups Fall16

By Nate Kugel on September 1, 2016

A couple nights ago, my wife and I had some friends over and we had great conversations about our lives while enjoying delicious banana bread. I know I’m not the only one who loves an atmosphere like that, so we have ‘Small Groups’ for our teens each Spring and Fall.

This coming Fall, we will have 4-5 different groups meeting at various houses of our church’s families. We do background checks amongst the family of each house and the discussion is led by our regular youth group volunteers.

When?
Sundays, Sept 11- Oct 30 (8 weeks) 6:30-8pm

More info will be coming soon on where your group will be meeting. See our Youth Group Website for details.


Bridging the Gap – Summer Youth Bridge Groups

By Youth Intern on July 8, 2016

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!