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
Weekly space to about learn God’s Word and how it changes us. Prayer, 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 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.
A semi-monthly serving project for our community alongside our peers, family or mentor.
Supervised practical training for the onMission lifestyle
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.
How are we growing? It starts with pushing ourselves to mature in our knowledge and love for God. Sounds simple right? Yes, but this takes a conscious effort. We encourage teens to be regulars at Sunday Morning Youth Group and active in their Small Groups. It’s one of the ways that we hope helps them grow.
Sunday Morning Youth Group (or SMYG) is a weekly event from 9:30-10:45am where you can come join us to expand your understanding of God and what he says in His Word. You’ll experience this through singing to live music, taking a few minutes for a spiritual growth exercise, and joining in as fellow students lead a Bible Study.
Small Groups are our home groups where you can hang out with a youth leader in a designated family’s house to discuss a segment of the Bible and get personal attention in your life. This is every Sunday night from 6:30-8pm and is split up by age group. Fall Small Groups are Sep 13-Nov 1.
The ball sinks through the net with a discernible “swish”. The teens line up on the baseline ready to run a three-man weave drill. “Can I have a banana?” is heard coming from the kitchen and empty Gatorade bottles line the trash can. Seated in a circle on the court, teens are studying the Bible together.
“What was all that about?” you may be thinking. It’s a typical Saturday Teen Guys’ Basketball Clinic. Led by Matt Murray and Danny Muñoz, we use some of the experience we have had as players.
We start at 9am in the gym kitchen with a light breakfast consisting of bagels, fruit, yogurt, OJ and similar wondrous sundries. Next we stretch and begin conditioning exercises such as wall sits, jump rope, sit-ups and running full court suicides. We then start to work on fundamental basketball drills aimed at improving our game. After drills, we begin our Bible study and prayer time together because spiritual exercise is also part of our Basketball Clinic. At the conclusion of Bible study, we play scrimmage games until we finish up at noon.
If you are a teenage guy and enjoy basketball and want to get better, consider joining us on the third Saturday of the month from 9am-noon. Our next clinic is on Sat Sep 19. Lace-up!
On Aug 1-2 2015, 28 students and youth leaders were challenged to be a team working together while enjoying Christian community.
If you were someone observing the retreat hoping to see if the students truly cared for each other and had servant-like attitudes, you would have likely noticed these things:
- Students who intentionally asked other students to be their “canoe partner”, ensuring that no one was left out.
- Hungry, tired students working together to make a fire, prepare dinner, and set up tents.(And not giving up when the food was taking longer or the tent was harder to set up than originally hoped.)
- Students befriending each other and making new friends.
- Students praying together, thanking God for His beautiful creation.
- Students stacking chairs after an outdoor camp worship service without being asked.
- Students making sacrifices for each other to meet a felt need.
The retreat included many highlights such as canoeing on the Wisconsin River, eating lunch on a sand island, seeing numerous bald eagles, camping together, participating a campfire and outdoor worship service, swimming and hiking at Devil’s Lake, and playing games in the van ride. It was observing our students live out the challenge to care for each other that made the retreat all the more wonderful.
Our NextGen staff and program leaders are thinking about how to make KidsQuest and Youth Group more irresistible.
Consider the irresistibility of Jesus:
“One day some parents brought their little children to Jesus so he could touch and bless them. But when the disciples saw this, they scolded the parents for bothering him. Then Jesus called for the children and said to the disciples, ‘Let the children come to me. Don’t stop them! For the Kingdom of God belongs to those who are like these children. I tell you the truth, anyone who doesn’t receive the Kingdom of God like a child will never enter it.'” [Luke 18:15-17]
Jesus had an impressive “Irresistibility Quotient”:
- Most parents would not have encouraged their kids to get near a single, homeless guy in his 30s – Jesus. But, these parents sought Jesus out for their kids to be blessed.
- When the disciples scolded the parents, it was because they sensed Jesus’s importance to be so great that he should not be bothered. But Jesus blew their minds by saying “Let them come!”
Jesus is irresistible, and we want to help people know Him. Our church’s mission reflects this: helping people know Jesus Christ as Lord. In our NextGen (KidsQuest & Youth Group) programming, we are committed to the same simple mission. Our vision for how we are pursuing this mission is by “creating irresistible ministry programs that are both safe and welcoming.”
- Our society is concerned with safety. So let’s do everything we can to oversee that our facilities and our workers are safe.
- We think about children’s safety and parental preferences.
- We were expecting you.
- You are welcome here (even though you are new here).
- Our environments are messages before The Message.
We hope you will join us – as families participating and volunteers creating this safe and welcoming place.