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 grey house on campus.  Our kids typically attend Awana Club.
  • Home Small Groups – Meet in a home and typically includes a meal, Bible study and prayer.
  • Family Backyard Barbecues
  • Sunday Night Cookouts – First Sundays of June-Aug, 5:30-8:30pm.  Meets in grassy knoll on church campus.
  • Family Open Gym – Sundays 9:45-10:45, June-July.  Conversations and coffee with other adults while your kiddos get out their energy.
MOM & ME PLAYGROUP

A morning of play, friendship, and conversation in the gym at Bloomingdale Church. All children through preschool age and their moms and/or caregivers welcome.  Coffee for adults and light snack for kids.  Free.  First and third Wednesdays 9:30-11:00am – Bloomingdale Church Gymnasium: Enter southwest “264.Coffeehouse” doors

SPACES FOR YOUNG FAMILIES

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.
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.

Programs & Events for Kids – Fall 2017

AWANA CLUB
Every Wednesday 6:45-8pm, starting Sep 13.
Come to “Taste of Awana” on Sep 6, 6:30-7:30pm (free picnic, pick-up Awana materials, discover Wed night adult offerings)
Register: bloomingdalechurch.org/awana
High-energy game time, large group, and learning about the Bible

SUNDAY SCHOOL
Every Sunday 9:45am, beginning Aug 20
 (Check-in, then enter Kids Quad)
Fall Sunday School is back, so let’s celebrate with the Day Camp band and characters, a special craft, and story.  Then join us on Sunday mornings to learn the Bible through stories, art, cooking, movies, games, and science experiments.  (Every Sunday morning through May 20, except Nov 26, Dec 24/31)

CHILDREN’S CHURCH
Saturdays, 5:30pm: ages 4 – 4th grade 
Sundays, 8:30 & 11am: ages 3 – 4th grade (age 3-K, 1st-4th grade classes)
A special space to explore faith through story and free play. Kids  are invited at the halfway point of all weekend services

NURSERY
Saturdays, 5:30pm & Sundays, 8:30, 9:45, 11am
A safe and welcoming place for 0 to 3 year olds

SUNDAY MORNING PAK
Every Sunday 9:45am, beginning Aug 20 
(PAK room)
5th & 6th grade youth group developing friendships and applying Biblical truths to life.

CROSSROADS KIDS CLUB
Tuesdays 3:30-5pm (Sep 19-Apr 24), 1st-5th grade – DuJardin Elementary School
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Register: bloomingdalechurch.org/crossroads
Children enjoy snack, games, Bible lesson, and small group at free after-school program

CHILD DEDICATION
Sun Sep 10, 9:45am  Meet Pastor Bill in South Lobby if you would like to dedicate your child on Sept 24 (8:30 or 11) or alternate date.  Child dedication is a public covenant of parents to raise their child in a Christ-honoring home.

FACEPAINTING @ VILLAGE OF BLOOMINGDALE’S HALLOWEEN PARTY
Sat Oct 28
We love serving our community, including supporting neighborhood events.  Volunteers from Bloomingdale Church will be painting many smiling faces.

FOR PARENTS & GUARDIANS >>

SUNDAY MORNING ADULT ED – YOUNG FAMILIES CLASS
Sundays 9:45-10:45am, beginning Aug 20 (Coffeehouse)
We start with food, coffee, and hanging out.  Then watch a 15 minute teaching from Francis & Lisa Chan’s “You and Me Forever” relationship series.  We conclude with table discussions based on a guide.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT “GATHER” – YOUNG FAMILIES GROUP
Wednesdays 6:45-8pm, beginning Sep 13.  Come to “Taste of” event on Sep 6.
A group community including friendship and growth through teaching, song, and prayer.  Contact natek@bloomingdalechurch.org

WEDNESDAY NIGHT COURSES
Wednesdays 6:45-8pm, beginning Sep 13.  Come to “Taste of” event on Sep 16
“Self-help” courses include Alpha, Financial Peace U, DivorceCare, and Pre/Marriage Course.

VOLUNTEERING WITH YOUR KIDS
NextGen Volunteers are safe people who have regularly attended Bloomingdale Church for at least six months, complete an annual application, pass background/reference checks, and have pastoral staff affirmation.  Click here to apply to volunteer.


Summer Sunday Night Cookouts

By Nate Kugel on May 27, 2017

Lawn games (bocce, bags, volleyball). Campfire. You bring a side and/or something to put on the grill and we’ll grill it. Drinks and lawn games provided. All are welcome.

First Sundays of Summer (Jun 4, Jul 2, Aug 6), 5:30-8:30pm
Bloomingdale Church lawn (between brick and gray houses)

Rainy?
Bring a dinner to share and meet in Coffeehouse

Questions?
Contact natek@bloomingdalechurch.org or stuartg@bloomingdalechurch.org

 


Young Families – Summer 2017 Events

FOR YOUR FAMILY

FAMILY BACKYARD BARBECUES

  • Sat Jun 17, 3-7pm – 230 Lynbrook Dr, B’dale
    (RSVP: Mark & Stacey R – slpshorty@gmail.com 630-740-0315)
  • Sat July 15 – 26 Main St, Lake Geneva, Wisconsin
    (RSVP: Matt & Monica H – monicaholz518@gmail.com 630-660-8862)
  • Sat July 29, 3-7pm – 954 Hill Crest Dr, Carol Stream
    (RSVP: Billy & Allison M – billyandallison@yahoo.com 630-204-0365)
  • Sat Aug 19 – 1199 Westward Trail, Carol Stream
    (RSVP: Ryan & Tina T – tinatate1@yahoo.com 630-247-4302)

Hanging out, eating, kids playing, and building friendships. Please bring a side to share. RSVP via email/text encouraged.

SUMMER SUNDAY NIGHT COOKOUTS
Jun 4, Jul 2, Aug 6, 5:30-8:30pm
Families hanging out, playing lawn games, having a campfire. Bring your own meat and a side to share.

FAMILY OPEN GYM
Sundays 9:45-10:45, June-July
Conversations and coffee with other adults while your kiddos get out their energy. (At least one guardian must be present.) A family will “host” each Sunday.

FRIENDSHIP PARTIES
Wednesdays 6:30-8pm – July 12, 19, 26
Families eat a home-cooked meal together. Kids enjoy their own supervised party, adults have real-life conversations about non-threatening questions. Consider bringing another family who is checking out church. RSVP: billc@bloomingdalechurch.org/victoriap@bloomingdalechurch.org.

PARTY IN THE PARK
Fri Aug 4, 5:30-7:30pm
Free party for your entire family at Sunnyside Park (across street from church) including food, music, sports tourneys, and “Gagaball.”

FOR YOUR KIDDOS

DAY CAMP
June 13-16 (Tuesday-Friday), 9:30am-12:45pm. Sign up: bloomingdalechurch.org/daycamp
Kids (completed K-6) enjoy dramas, games, live music, crafts, fishing, and new friends.

CHILDREN’S CHURCH & NURSERY
Sat 5:30pm: Nursery – Age 0-3 & Children’s Church – Age 4 – 4th grade
Sun 8:30 & 11am: Nursery – Age 0-3 & Children’s Church Age 3 – 4th grade

PAK PARTIES
Wednesdays 6:30-8pm – May 17, 31, Jun 28, Jul 12, 26, Aug 9 (Meet in PAK room)
Going into 5th/6th grade this fall? Come hang out and have some ridiculous fun with friends.


Playgroup – A Carol Stream Mom’s Perspective

By Daniel Riem on April 17, 2017

Abby W, a mom from Carol Stream has been bringing her two children to the Mom & Me Playgroup. She shares:

Mom & Me Playgroup has quickly become a part of the week both my kids and I look forward to. My two-year-old loves to run around the gym and playing games with friends; I love that he has a fun place to burn some energy! In the stage of life I’m in, having friends to talk about the woes of potty training and teething babies with feels like a lifeline some days. Playgroup gives me the opportunity to build relationships with people in the same stage of life as me while our kids do the same, all in a safe environment.

The Mom & Me Playgroup is a morning of play, friendship, and conversation in the gym at Bloomingdale Church on the first and third Wednesdays (9:30-11am, Sep-May). All children through preschool age and their moms and/or caregivers welcome. Free coffee for adults and light snacks for kids are provided.