Families

We are a community of parents who want to strengthen our relationship with Jesus and our families, navigate parenting, and find encouraging friendships along the way.

YOUNG FAMILIES GROUPS
  • Young Families Adult Ed Class – Sundays, 9:45-10:45am (Aug-May): Hang out, coffee and “second breakfast”, Bible study and prayer.  Meets in Coffeehouse room. Our kids typically attend a Sunday School class.
  • Gather – Wednesdays, 6:30-8pm (Sep-Apr): Hang out, light dinner, Bible study and prayer.  Meets in 264.Coffeehouse.  Our kids typically attend Awana Club.
  • Home Small Groups – Meet in a home and typically includes a meal, Bible study and prayer.
  • Summer Backyard Barbecues & Sunday Night Cookouts
  • Summer Family Open Gym – Sundays 9:45-10:45, June-July.  Conversations and coffee with other adults while your kiddos get out their energy.
SPACES FOR FAMILIES WITH YOUNG CHILDREN

We have set aside spaces for parents with infants during the weekend worship hours:

  • Nursery: A caring, safe place for infants, crawlers, and toddlers. Staffed by screened, qualified volunteers. Lower level Nursery Wing.
  • Parent-Infant Room: A glassed space adjacent to the sanctuary where you and your infant can participate in the worship hour.
  • Live Video Feed – Children’s Theater Room: A contained space where you and your infant/toddler can view the service comfortably if they are not yet ready for the nursery or infant room. Lower level Nursery Wing.
MOM & ME PLAYGROUP

1st/3rd Fridays, 9:30-11am (starting in November)
Free.  Enter southwest “264.Coffeehouse” doors

A morning of play, friendship, and conversation. All children through preschool age and their moms and/or caregivers welcome.  Coffee for adults and light snack for kids.

KIDS & TEENS PROGRAMMING – NEXTGEN

NextGen is programming for 0-18 years old where kids and teens are always welcome, no matter what. We emphasize a place that’s safe, and parents appreciate that too.

  • Awana Club – High-energy game time, large group, and learning about the Bible (Wed 6:45-8pm)
  • Noah’s Ark Nursery – A safe and welcoming place for children, 0-3 (All weekend services and education hour)
  • Children’s Church – Explore faith through story and freeplay (Sat 5:30pm: 4 – 4th grade,  Sun 8:30 & 11am: 3 – 4th grade)
  • PAK – 5th & 6th grade youth group developing friendships and applying Biblical truths to life (Sun 9:45am & Wed 6:45pm)
  • Sunday School – Learn the Bible through stories, art, cooking, movies, games, and science experiments (Sun 9:45-10:45am)
  • Crossroads Kids Club – After-school club with snack, games, Bible lesson, and small group (Tues 3:30-5pm, DuJardin School)
  • Day Camp – Free camp where kids (completed K-6th) enjoy dramas, games, live music, crafts, fishing, and friends
  • Friday Night Coffeehouse – A safe and welcoming youth community center every Friday Night (6:30-9:30pm)
  • Sunday Morning Youth Group – Hang out, student-led worship and teaching (Sun, 9:30ish-10:45am
  • Small Group & Bridge Groups – Students hanging out in family homes, building friendships and discussing the Bible
  • The Mentoring Project – Inspiring men and women to become relational mentors to local youth.

A DuJardin Student is Dedicated

By Morgan L on November 17, 2017

Remy H., a student we met through Crossroads Kids Club at DuJardin Elementary School, was dedicated on October 29th. After attending Crossroads and receiving a Bible, Remy asked if he could go through the dedication process. We are so thankful that he had the desire to acknowledge God’s love for him and commit to praying for him as he continues to grow in his faith and knowledge of Jesus Christ.

When we dedicate children, we celebrate the life of the child and ask the parents and the church body to raise up the child to know God. We desire to come alongside one another to “encourage us in our faith journey,” which includes how we raise our children. Because parenting can be so challenging, we dedicate children as an admission of our own faults, praying that God will help us parent our children well.

Watch Remy’s dedication video here.


What is Alpha Gather?

By Nate Kugel on November 6, 2017

Alpha Gather is a community group meeting on Wednesday Nights that prioritizes friendship, prayer, and bible-based discussions.

Every healthy family or friendship prioritizes time, in-person to be together. At Alpha Gather we see each person as a part of a faith family, so we seek to create that atmosphere together. We eat together, pray for each other, and discuss around a large table what God’s Word has to say about our lives.

As an open group, we want to welcome you too. One might say, “Well that sounds great if your a people person, but what about a smaller group of people.? This is why we meet every other week, filling the off weeks with break-out smaller groups. All of our break-out groups meet on the church campus as well and are specifically timed to provide childcare through the church’s Awana program.

Group updates are shared by text or through our Alpha Gather Facebook Page.

For questions related to Alpha Gather read our Frequently Asked Questions below or email Pastor Nate – natek@bloomingdalechurch.org

(more…)


Why My Favorite Teacher Would Be in Children’s Church

By Daniel Riem on October 16, 2017

If I were somewhere in the age of 3 to 6 years old, I would probably love going to Children’s Church.  As the NextGen Pastor, I’ve sat amongst the children and I too have been mesmerized by teachers, like Ms Denise (pictured below).  From her wealth of experience as a special education teacher in Glendale Heights, Ms Denise knows how to manage a classroom, making all children feel safe and loved.  She always brings out a picture of Jesus, reminding children that they are loved by Him.  In her classroom, we all are learners hearing the amazing stories of the Bible.


Finances, Faith, Friendships – Events & Opportunities for Young Couples/Families (Fall 2017)

FOR US >>

SUNDAY MORNING ADULT ED
Sundays, 9:45-10:45am

Financial Peace U (Coffeehouse)
We start with food, coffee, and hanging out.  Hospitality sign-up/reminder

Sun Sep 24, 9:45am: Come to find out about FPU, even if you are not sure if you are going to commit to the course.

  • Planning to do FPU?  Sign up: bloomingdalechurch.org/fpu.  If you need scholarship help, please talk directly to class facilitators Ken & Valerie Kelley
  • Attendees are asked to watch weekly video before attending each class
  • Course materials have a one-time membership fee – gives you access to the FPU online resources and you can attend future FPU classes as often as you like

Other Sunday AM Class Options
If FPU is not for you, we hope you will try another Adult Ed offering or volunteer with kids:

  • Let the Nations be Glad! w/ Stuart & Rebecca (Brown house – upper level)
  • God’s Mercy in God’s Word (Common Grounds – East)
  • Core Doctrines of the C&MA (Common Grounds – West)
  • Jesus was a Jew (Sanctuary)

WEDNESDAY NIGHT “GATHER” GROUP
Gather Group – 2nd/4th Wednesdays, 6:45-8pm (Coffeehouse)
Small Group – 1st/3rd/5th Wednesdays, 6:45-8pm

A group community including friendship and growth through teaching, song, and prayer.  Contact natek@bloomingdalechurch.org

WEDNESDAY NIGHT COURSES
Wednesdays 6:45-8pm
“Self-help” courses include Alpha, Financial Peace U, DivorceCare, and Pre/Marriage Course

MONDAY NIGHT MEN
Mondays, 7:30pm (Youth Quad)
Prayer & Bible Study (or Basketball)

WOMEN’S BREAK 
Tuesdays, 9:15am or 6:45pm
Groups, Prayer, Bible Study


FOR THE KIDDOS>>

Sunday School: Sundays 9:45-10:45am – Age 3 – 4th grade

Sunday Morning PAK: Sundays, 9:45-10:45am – 5/6th grade

Awana Club: Sundays 6:45-8pm.  Register>>

Children’s Church & Nursery

  • Saturdays 5:30pm: Nursery – Age 0-3 & Children’s Church – Age 4 – 4th grade
  • Sundays 8:30, 9:45m 11am: Nursery – Age 0-3
  • Sundays 8:30,11am: Children’s Church – Age 3 – 4th grade

Nursery Bible story App Curriculum 
In the Nursery, we use a simple curriculum from the Bible App for Kids.  The September story is “A Voice In the Night” – Samuel.  Check out these resource links for your toddler (or elementary-age kid too):