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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Helping incoming 7th and graduating 12th grade students make a natural transition through a fun social  group.

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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.


Teens are Praying on Friday Nights

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In Matthew 18:19-20 Jesus says something spectacular: “If two of you agree here on earth concerning anything you ask, my Father in heaven will do it for you. For where two or three gather together as my followers, I am there among them.” The message from Jesus is clear— gather together for prayer and watch me work.

Every Friday from 5:55-6:30, students and adult leaders gather to pray and ask God to do great things.  Then Friday Night Coffeehouse begins at 6:30pm. We hope you will join us.

Spring Small Groups 2015

Spring. Can you imagine it yet? We can! Our teen Small Groups begin March 1 from 6:30-8pm and we want to spread the word.

Small groups are Sunday night gatherings for students to hang out with peers and discuss a chapter of the Bible. These groups meet at youth leaders’ homes so that there are safe and inviting environments for conversation.

Our groups for this spring are:

7th-8th Grade Boys
Leaders: Nate Kugel and Matt M
Hosted by Gordon & Diane P.

7th-8th Grade Girls
Leaders: Jocelyn F & Sara G
Hosted by Scott & Debra S.

9th-10th Grade
Leaders: Nicole C
Hosted by Billy & Allison M

11th-12th Grade
Leaders: Joel R & Mark W
Hosted by Bill & Denise M.

Please email youth@bloomingdalechurch.org if you have any questions.

“Once Upon a Windy City” Winter Banquet 2015

Chicagoans love the Loop and El train, deep dish pizza and mustard-less hot dogs, the Bean and Navy Pier, north-side and south-side teams – everything Chicago. The Youth Group students would like to officially announce “da” theme for “da” 2015 Winter Banquet: “Once Upon a Windy City.”  It’s a mash-up of the things we love about Chicago and fairy tale stories.

We hope you will join us at our 17th annual catered dinner and entertainment fundraiser supporting the youth group student’s summer onMission trip and retreats on Friday February 27 or Saturday February 28. 

Tickets ($15) are available for purchase after all weekend services on Feb 7/8, Feb 14/15, Feb 21/22 (Sat @ 6:30pm, Sun. @ 9:30am, Sun @ 12 noon) or online now until Tue Feb 24.


FYI: We will gladly serve a meatless option on both nights.

Student Teachers @ SMYG

By Nate Kugel on January 17, 2015

On Sunday mornings, 7th-12th grade students meet from 9:45-10:45am for Sunday Morning Youth Group. This gathering time is different from any other event we do because the students do the Bible teaching.

When I was a teenager, my youth pastor asked me to teach our youth group. To my surprise, it was not so bad! As I opened my Bible to teach others, I was captivated by the truths that seemed to leap off the pages.  They applied to me and to my friends.  I quickly realized that if I was going to teach others about how to live, then I too should examine my own life, and not be a hypocrite .

This experience is what we hope for at Sunday Morning Youth Group. Last fall, our students taught the entire book of Romans, chapter by chapter.  This winter and spring, our students will cover select chapters from the book of Psalms.

Students, join friends and see what your part can be at our student-led Sunday Morning Youth Group.