We are a group of young adults. Some of us are going to college or graduate school.  Some of us are in the working world, building our careers. And some of us are still trying to figure things out.

We are a community that seeks to understand Scripture and how it speaks to our lives.

OUR GATHERINGS

We formally gather twice a week. We meet at 9:45am on Sunday mornings. We also gather on Thursday nights at 7:30pm. Both times are dedicated to study, fellowship, and prayer. The 18.20s are very social and spontaneous. It is not uncommon to have several events going on outside the Church.

MORE INFORMATION

If you are curious about who we are, what we are about, or how to get involved, please email us.


Prayer Retreat – May 5&6

Imagine. A relaxed, refreshing 30 hours in a restful, natural setting. Time to pray alone. Time to pray as a group, and some free time for fun and reflection as well

May 5-6 (Friday evening through Saturday afternoon)

Sign up here (or use the paper registration available in the church lobby).

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24-Hour Prayer Vigil

If you are looking to celebrate this Easter by connecting with God, we invite you to join us for our annual 24-hour prayer vigil starting Fri April 14, 4pm-Sat April 15, 4pm in the Common Grounds room.

The prayer vigil is organized around the clock and will offer a place for participants to reflect upon the Good Friday service (7-8pm) and prepare their hearts for the Easter celebration. We provide a quiet place to pray, to be alone with God, and to remember Christ’s great sacrifice for us.

The 18.20somethings group hosts the vigil, assuring that the Common Grounds room is a conducive environment for prayer and reflection. Prayer volunteers can sign up for half-hour time slots but are encouraged and welcome to stay as long as they want.

Click here to sign up for the 24-Hour Prayer Vigil


1820s and Feed My Starving Children

The 1820somethings is a group of 18-30 year old individuals who strive to worship Jesus throughout our day-to-day life. We meet twice weekly to study the Bible on Thursday nights and Sunday mornings. We also aim to worship Jesus by serving our community.

On Thursday, March 16 at 7pm, our group will serve at Feed My Starving Children in Schaumburg. FMSC is a Christian organization focused on turning hunger into hope for starving children around the world. We’ll be packing meals into bags which are then shipped to reach the neediest children.

If you’d like to join us, we’re meeting in the Common Grounds room to carpool. We’re excited to meet new people and have several open spots!

Interested or have questions?
Contact Brent Steinke at brents@bloomingdalechurch.org.
 


Adult Ed Classes – Spring 2017 Offerings

Adult Ed Spring 2017 Offerings (Mar 12 – May 28)
Sundays, 9:45-10:45am

Community Building Classes

Begins with a simple breakfast, a time of friendship building, and prayer prior to the study. Classes are ongoing.

Defenders – Brown Parsonage Upper Level (Open to everyone)
We want to have a clear explanation for the hope that is within us (1 Peter 3:15). We aim to engage a secular world with the truth of the Gospel, using reason and love to “take every thought captive to Christ” (2 Corinthians 10:5). Wheaton College student Sean L leads the conversation.

Margins: Creating Space for Enjoyable Living – North Building Lower Level, Conference Room (Young Professionals)
Jesus set boundaries in order to live effectively. Drs. Henry Cloud and John Townsend wrote the 2-million-copy best-seller Boundaries and developed videos and discussion questions to help people take control of their lives. Pastor Bill Calvin leads the discussion.

1 and 2 Peter Bible Study – Common Grounds, East Room (Middle Ground)
Jesus prayed his followers would be in the world, but not of the world (John 17). Christians find it tough to do both well. Peter’s letters help Christians to live fully present (in the world), but appropriately counter-cultural (not of the world). Chad S leads the discussion.

Parenting Video Series – Coffeehouse (Young Families)
A community of parents becoming friends and strengthening our families. We are discussing the video series “Effective Parenting in a Defective World” while enjoying coffee and snacks. Billy & Allison M and Mark & Stacey R families lead the discussion.

Spanish Speaking Class – South Lobby
¿Es Español su primer idioma? Si su respuesta es, “Si”, queremos invitarle a nuestra clase. Domingos a las 9:45am en el South Lobby. Dirigada por Danny M y Ana T.

Electives

Classes meet for one semester only and are subject-centered and intergenerational.

The Knowledge of the Holy – Common Grounds, West Room
Greg M leads a study on this classic Christian book by A.W. Tozer. This book covers the attributes of God in-depth, such as the Eternality of God, God’s Omniscience, the Faithfulness of God, and the Mercy of God.

With Jesus from Jerusalem to Emmaus – Sanctuary
We are studying Jesus as the fulfillment of prophecy, Jesus as the Word of Life, and Jesus as the Judge. Vinod M leads the class.

Baptism Class – South Lobby (Sun Apr 2)
Have you declared your faith and been baptized as an adult? In this one hour, you will find out the details for our upcoming Easter weekend Baptism service. Writers and videographers will be present to help you prepare your story. Sign up here and/or show up on Sunday, April 2.