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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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Teens OnMission in Chicagoland 2015

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Every three years, we have a trip for 7-12 grade students, dedicated to assisting a local church or community in the Chicagoland area. This summer, we will serve alongside Community Alliance Church in South Elgin, IL.

Our team will be putting on a Day Camp for children, Kindergarten-6th grade. Each morning our students will be leading kids in games, crafts, story-telling, skits, and songs. In the afternoon, students will be outside constructing a “jungle-gym” area, while others will be painting and touching-up walls within the church building. In the evening, we will gather as a group for worship, Bible study, and prayer to thank God for the day.

This summer’s team includes: Jake B., Stephanie B., Noah B., Andrew B., Jennifer B., Kayla C., Eric D., Paul D., Bella D., Trinity F., Matthew F., Mark F., Jeremy H., Luke J., Lacey J., Hannah L., Claire L., Heather M., Rafael M., Madeline O., Sebastian O., Grace P., Graham P., Jeremy P., Anthony R., Joshua R., Taylor S., Clarissa S., Joshua S., Emily T., Joshua V., Kim W., Tim W.

Follow our journey this summer on our website at www.storiesof.us


Youth Guys Basketball Clinic

By Daniel Riem on April 15, 2015

The Youth Basketball Clinic is a great way to improve on and learn new basketball skills, as well as learn how to follow Jesus on and off the basketball court. When it comes to learning the game of basketball and improving at the clinic, Joel G (who attends the clinic) said, “The drills really help and make me a better basketball player.”

The Youth Basketball Clinic was originally started by Coach Lou P back in the 1990’s. Currently Matt Murray leads the youth basketball clinic. He played varsity basketball at Glenbard North back in 2002 when they made it downstate to the elite eight for the school’s only appearance in its program’s history. Matt previously coached high school basketball in Chicago and in Marion, Indiana at a Boys and Girls Club.

Here at the Youth Basketball Clinic, the gym is our sanctuary. Faith in Jesus Christ is preached and lived out on the basketball court.

The Youth Basketball Clinic is for teen guys, grades 7th-12th. It consists of a light breakfast, conditioning drills, offensive and defensive basketball drills, a short Bible devotional, and full court scrimmaging.

The clinics are on the third Saturdays of every month (except May) from 9am to noon in Bloomingdale Church’s gymnasium. The next dates are April 18, May 9, June 20, and July 18.

If you want more information or are interested in helping out, please contact Matt Murray at 765-499-3107.


The Explicit Gospel @ SMYG

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At Sunday Morning Youth Group this summer, we are starting a new video series: The Explicit Gospel. This 6-week series speaks on what the Gospel is in its simplest form. Each week we will be watching a video from author and pastor Matt Chandler, and pause throughout the film to answer group questions in small groups.

Sunday Morning Youth Group (or SMYG) is a weekly space for 7-12 grade students to grow in their understanding of God’s Word and how it transforms their lives. Different elements of SMYG are: student-led teaching and worship, a weekly spiritual discipline, and videos that teach us about God’s Word.

The Explicit Gospel series begins May 17, following our SMYG Party on May 10.

For more details, email us at youth@bloomingdalechurch.org.


Carnival Food, Whirly Ball, & Jesus

By Daniel Riem on March 31, 2015

Written by Jesse Friedl: AlphaUSA.org.  Edited by BC Youth Staff.

Corn dogs, nachos, and root beer floats paved the way for an 8-week series on life, faith and God. It was mid-February 2014, Friday night in Chicago, and many new faces were arriving at the carnival-themed Youth Alpha launch party.

Matt M., Bloomingdale Church’s Youth Community Outreach Director, oversaw this effort to introduce fundamental topics such as ‘Who Is Jesus?’ and ‘How and Why Do We Pray?’ to junior high and high school students in his community. “I am passionate about rubbing shoulders with people who don’t know Jesus. Many students have no clue who Jesus is. You’ll find that they may know a few popular verses, but not much more. It’s important to teach the basics of the Christian faith—including the Bible.”

Over the next 8 weeks, plus a weekend “Day Away”, the Friday Night Coffeehouse gathering of about 40-50 students was transformed into a weekly Youth Alpha party. The goal was to make this a place where students would be excited to come and explore conversations about God and want to bring their friends. “We made it a big deal—a big celebration that they would not want to miss. Students handed out postcard invites.  We also planned for each night of the series to focus on a different themed food. We recruited parents and adults in the church to help with themes, such as breakfast for dinner, cookout night, lots of desserts night, etc. It was a big hit!”

59 students showed up the first week. The next week, 62 students were there, followed by 72. By week five, 80 students were hearing about Jesus. Matt reflects, “We actually found that the guests were the ones to invite the most friends.”

Besides eating lots of yummy food and playing energetic games like human battleship and jugball, students watched the four 5-minute segments from the “Youth Film Series”.  Co-hosts Ben and Jason travel around the world to Israel, London, Paris, and Vancouver, interviewing people and discussing some of the biggest questions of life. Matt explains, “It’s about having a space to work out faith and ask questions. Space is something students need – a place to ask their questions- even the craziest questions.  At each table group, there is an appointed student leader. Their role was to ask questions that reflect upon the film episode. Student to student—they could relate.

Matt reflects, “To build up leaders in this generation, we need to empower them with responsibility. At our church, we strive to challenge students in their Biblical understanding and practice community outreach with the mentality that we are to be disciples who make disciples. We encourage them to invite others to explore a life wholly committed to God.”

Youth Alpha creates an atmosphere for a safe and welcoming place that touches on these common gaps in faith.