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)
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
Students hanging out in youth leader & family homes discussing the Bible.
Offered fall, spring, and summer.
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.
Helping make a natural transition through a fun social group.
THE MENTORING PROJECT
The Mentoring Project connects teen guys with Christian men and teen girls with Christian women who are encouraging role models.
A semi-monthly serving project for our community alongside our peers, family or mentor.
Giving students the needed change of pace in order to connect with Christ. onMission trips assist students in discerning what following Christ looks like.
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.
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
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!
Part of what makes our NextGen ministries flow and “work” is the tireless efforts of not just our volunteers, but also the commitment of parents and guardians. This week, there was a really cool example of this: Even though her son, Michael H, was not going to be able to attend Youth Alpha at Coffeehouse, Lisa H still brought an awesome dish of Rice Krispies Treats “Sushi” Bars. Not only were they delicious (thanks Lisa!), but the fact that she still made and delivered them, regardless of her son’s ability to attend, was very much appreciated. We are blessed to have parents like Lisa H, who give their time, talent and treasure to partner with what God is doing among our students.
We value the importance of having welcoming spaces in all of our NextGen programs. When our spaces are set up right, the message is “We were expecting you, and we are thrilled you’re here!”
At Friday night Coffeehouse on March 11, one may have noticed numerous new students. Their faces told the story: they were glad they came. They found adult sponsors that welcomed them, but also gave them space so they could connect with other teens around the multiple old school video arcades, the open gym and coffeehouse, pumping music, and free food.
We have highly dedicated adult volunteers that make Coffeehouse run efficiently. They graciously connect with the students and offer support as listeners, encouragers and models of Christian love and service. This week, one of our younger adult leaders, Nick S, was so dedicated to be there on Friday that he biked all the way from Wood Dale and back. Now that is awesome! Nick wanted to be there for the teens to serve so much that he didn’t mind a 25 minute bike ride!