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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: 6:30-9:30 pm (must be picked up by 9:55pm)
9th-12th grade: 6:30-11:30 pm

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Weekly space to about learn God’s Word and how it changes us. Prayer, 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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BRIDGE GROUPS

Helping incoming 7th and graduating 12th grade students make a natural transition through a fun social  group.

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THE MENTORING PROJECT

A mentoring initiative within the Bloomingdale Church community connecting 11-18 year old guys with Christian men and 11-18 year old girls with Christian women who will walk alongside them as they become mature confident adults.

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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.

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Welcome, 6th Grade Students

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We cannot wait to welcome the current 6th graders into Youth Group this summer! We do this with several events, like the 6th Grade Banquet and the Junior High Bridge Group, with the goal of helping 6th graders make friends and have confidence that they have an important place in the group.

On Wed May 13 (6:30-8:30pm), graduating 6th grade students and their parent(s) are invited to our annual 6th Grade Banquet. After enjoying a catered Italian dinner, PAK leaders Mrs Marina & Dr Beard, along with each parent, will have an opportunity to share something they appreciate about their student. Then, the Youth Staff will officially welcome them in to the Youth Group.

The first Junior High Bridge Group is Thu May 7 (7-8:30pm).  Junior High Bridge Group is for 7th-8th grade (2015-16) students to get to know the youth leaders and make friends with their peers. Each event will have a fun theme. The group will meet on the church property at Nate & Anna Kugel’s house. (Gray House; enter through the front door.)

Other important dates:
May 21: Bridge Group [Pirate Night]
Jun 5: Incoming 7th Grade Welcome Night @ Coffeehouse
Jun 11: Bridge Group [Medieval Night]
Jun 16-19: Day Camp
Jun 25: Bridge Group [Sports Jersey Night]
Jul 9: Bridge Group [Disney Night]

Please email youth@bloomingdalechurch.org if you have any questions.


Reconsidering Social Media

By Daniel Riem on March 10, 2015

When I was in high school, my options for social media were  slim—AOL Instant Messenger and MySpace. No Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat, or social gaming. Facebook was “invented” while I was still in college. During my ten years as a youth pastor, social media has launched, matured, and become a dominant medium by which teenagers communicate. I have been a consumer of these tools, including Facebook and Twitter. But I have also tried to step back and be an amateur cultural evaluator, seeking to comprehend social media’s impact . . . at least until a couple of years ago. Gratefully, I recently had an insight-stirring conversation with my wife, Amy. She kindly asked, “If you are still investing in teenagers, why are you also not paying attention to ‘their’ media as much as you used to do?” Ouch!

I am glad for this question. Not because I want to fill my schedule with another to-do, but because I am committed to serving this digital generation. I am most interested in helping students figure out how to faithfully love and serve God and discover how to leverage rather than be ruined by our cultural influences.

What about you? Want to be a student with me in learning how to invest in this generation?

Here are some ideas:

Since reading that article, my thought has been, “I can either put my time and energy into monitoring my kids’ tech life or into mentoring my kids’ soul life.”  If kids want to be secretive and deceptive, then they will find a way. I think my time and energy will be better spent trying to give them a taste for the good, true, and beautiful, rather than police their lives and poke at all the bad or potentially bad things they could get into. I’d rather train them to be self-discerning than blow a whistle each time something destructive crosses their path.


Youth Alpha launches April 10

You heard it. Youth Alpha is back April 10-May 22.

Youth Alpha is a weekly party at Friday Night Coffeehouse that includes theme-oriented food nights, party games, joke time, and a film-style video. The Youth Alpha Films are 20-minute videos discussing life, faith, and God. Students will have a chance to ask questions, give their opinions and discuss their viewpoints with others.

Here were some of the highlights from last spring’s Youth Alpha parties:

  • 80 students attended. #fridaynightparty
  • Open gym had to be divided three ways to accommodate everyone: #4square #protecttheprez #ballin
  • Thought-provoking table group questions: #favoritesuperhero #everprayed? #doesGodanswerprayer
  • Random dance parties #letmeseeyouwobble
  • Hearing lots of questions and discussions #askanything
  • Playing human battleship #incoming
  • A chill vibe, compliments of a Spotify playlist, colored lights, and comfy seating #vibe
  • Breakfast for Dinner…chocolate chip pancakes, sausage, scrambled eggs & breakfast burritos #foodfoodfood


Teens are Praying on Friday Nights

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In Matthew 18:19-20 Jesus says something spectacular: “If two of you agree here on earth concerning anything you ask, my Father in heaven will do it for you. For where two or three gather together as my followers, I am there among them.” The message from Jesus is clear— gather together for prayer and watch me work.

Every Friday from 5:55-6:30, students and adult leaders gather to pray and ask God to do great things.  Then Friday Night Coffeehouse begins at 6:30pm. We hope you will join us.