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
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 incoming 7th and graduating 12th grade students make a natural transition through a fun social group.
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.
Did you know that a college student may be able to receive as much as $9,730 ($14,450 if you attend a college in Illinois) in federal and state grants? This is one of the many “pay-offs” for working ahead of time to make college more affordable.
At our latest installment of the Parenting Teens Series, Melissa Kriauciunas, of the Illinois Student Assistance Commission, gave an informative overview of tools and tips in paying for college. She explained the options for state and federal grants and the student loan program. She reminded us that filling out an annual FAFSA is the first and very important first step. We also learned about additional sources such as “Employer Tuition Benefits”, military benefits, specific career benefits (such as teaching) in under-resourced schools and where to look for scholarships. Melissa recommends cappex.com, fastweb.com, and whatsnextillinois.org.
Why does the Bloomingdale Church youth group sponsors “parenting teens” events such as this one? It’s because we believe that a teenager’s parent/guardian is the most important influence in their life and we want to do our best to encourage them.
Next up: The Parenting Teens Course, a free video and conversation-style course facilitated by seasoned parents.
Part 1: Fridays – Jan 9, 16, 23, 30, February 6
Part 2: Fridays – Feb, 13, 20, March 6, 13, 20 Register for the Parenting Teens Course
Get ready for a high-impact weekend away at Winter Camp! “Retreating” is critical because life is busy at home and school. We all need to get away. At Winter Camp 2015, students will hear inspiring speakers, worship together with a live band, hang out in small groups, and participate in winter sports and fun activities.
Our theme, “Journey,” grabs its inspiration from Matthew 7:13-14: “Don’t look for shortcuts to God. The market is flooded with surefire, easygoing formulas for a successful life that can be practiced in your spare time. Don’t fall for that stuff, even though crowds of people do. The way to life—to God!—is vigorous and requires total attention.” Feb 6–8, 2015 Dixon Valley Camp (Newark, Ill.) Cost: $125
We want you to be part of Winter Camp this year. You can sign up online at storiesof.us/offsite or by paper. Deadline for Winter Camp signup is Sunday, January 25.
The Youth Group emphasizes the importance of helping others. One way we do this is a week long summer trip. This year’s local trip teaches students the valuable lesson that God’s mission doesn’t require us to go far from home to help people.
We will be serving close by at Community Alliance Church in South Elgin on Jun 28- Jul 2, 2015. Our mission is to recreate our church’s Day Camp for the children in South Elgin and build a community ‘jungle gym’.
We are the main influence on our teenagers’ future. Discovering that we are not alone in the challenges we face, and picking up ideas from other parents, can make a huge difference.
This winter, we are offering a free video and conversation-style course facilitated by seasoned parents for those who parent teens. Course amenities include homemade goodies, fresh pressed coffee, and childcare/teen Coffeehouse meeting simultaneously.
The Parenting Teens Course Fridays, 7–8:30pm
Session 1: Jan 9/16/23/30/Feb 6
Session 2: Feb 13/20/Mar 6/13/20 Participate in either or both sessions.