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.
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!
School secretary Therese Ziecina helped propose a volunteer-leadership development program at her school. At the introductory event her son Raymond made a surprise speech.
“I’m a graduate of Marquardt Middle School,” my son, Raymond, confidently shared with 40 seventh graders at the event in October.
“I have an IEP, I have learning struggles, just like many of you. At the beginning of 7th grade I was classified as a non-reader. I could only read two- and three-letter words. There was a teacher, Mrs. McDonald, who took an interest in me and wanted to help me learn to read. I didn’t think it would work, but I gave it a try. By the time I graduated from 8th grade I was reading at an almost 6th grade level. During that same time another teacher, Mr. Gentry, asked me to help out with the sound and lighting at a school play. About the same time, Daniel, a pastor from my church (who is sitting over there), asked me to volunteer on the video team at my church. I didn’t think I’d like it, but I gave it a try. Volunteering on that video team led me to my chosen career. Now, in my last year of college at Indiana Wesleyan University, I am thankful for these mentors. I encourage you to say yes to every opportunity to volunteer, even if you think you are not going to like it. You never know where those opportunities will lead you.”
My son Raymond gave this speech spontaneously after several school administrators shared their planned remarks. He surprised everyone and asked if he could share too. I was shocked and humbled at his honesty. I fought back joyful tears.
I saw in that moment how God has used volunteer opportunities, caring adults, and educational struggles to enable him to help others. God always had a plan for my son. I am so proud that he was able to turn his struggles into a way to bless others.
This is why the Marquardt Middle School Serving Society exists. We wanted to give students, who may not normally have the opportunity, to volunteer. Our hope was that students would benefit from leadership and citizenship skills cultivated in them. For the past year, the Student Serving Society has partnered with the youth programming staff at Bloomingdale Church. We have seen huge strides in social growth in many of these students.
Are you in 7-12th grade and “wanna get away?”
DiscipleNow, the Youth Group’s annual ‘in-house’ retreat on November 4-6 could be your ticket. Click here to sign-up!
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.
YOUTH SMALL GROUPS
Students hanging out in family homes with the adult teen leaders, building friendships and discussing the Bible.
Young adults community seeking to understand Scripture and how it speaks to their lives.
Brent’s or Stuart’s house
New married couples growing in relationships with Jesus, building one another up, desiring to strengthen marriages and become better spouses.
Chris & Allison Steinke’s, Carol Stream
Young, professional adults, single and married, who have social events and do community service projects.
North Building – lower level
Parents growing in relationships with Jesus, building one another up, desiring to strengthen families and become better parents.
Women encouraging women, growing in their faith, discovering supportive relationships with other women of many ages and life experiences.
Morning Break, 9-11:15 am
Evening Break, 7-8:30 pm.
MONDAY NIGHT MEN’S BASKETBALL
Men gather for a brief Bible study and then play basketball.
MONDAY NIGHT MEN
Men gather for a Bible study and prayer.
FRIDAY MORNING MEN
Men gather for a brief Bible reflection and then do handy work around the church.
1st & 3rd Fridays @ 9am
SATURDAY MORNING MEN’S PRAYER
Men gather to pray for men’s families, friends, church, and the world.
Men and women who are somewhere in the middle — not a 20-somethings, but not quite a seasoned saint.
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.
North Building – lower level
Diverse group of people meeting once every other week for food, friendship, and growth through teaching, song, and prayer.
Brick house (264)