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.

Spring Fest – Sunday, May 7

Sunday, May 7, 9am-noon
Starts with a free hot breakfast for your family & a casual “coffeeshop” spot for parents.

Never attended one of our programs or events? Pre-register here and shorten your time at check in! Have you attended a program or event in the past? No need to pre-register! Simply come to the Check In Desk between 8:45 and 9am to check in your child(ren).

This free event for ages 3 – 6th grade includes:

  • A professional magic show
  • Music led by the youth group teens
  • Carnival games
  • Crafts
  • Prizes
  • 0-3 year old childcare

How does KidsQuest celebrate the Spring? By packing all the fun of Day Camp into one morning! Spring Fest is a free annual event where kids ages 3 – 6th grade can come and have a fun, safe, and friend-filled morning. Highlights from last year include a building-wide scavenger hunt for “lost sheep,” face painting, and a message and skit given by our own Youth Pastor, Nate Kugel, and the Youth Group teens. This year, there is a professional Christian magician coming to teach kids a Bible lesson using practical illusions, as well as carnival games and crafts!

Bloomingdale Church strives to be a safe and welcoming place for your family. Each child must be checked in and out by an authorized adult. Volunteers must have attended Bloomingdale Church for at least 6 months and must be a NextGen Approved Volunteer.

Check out some highlights from Spring Fest 2016:

  


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.


Nursery Kids Take Home Bible App

By Daniel Riem on February 22, 2017

Our Nursery volunteers like your kids. They will hold your baby or stack blocks with your crawler. They will play trains, prepare a snack, and make up silly stories for your toddler. They will do all this because they like your kids, and they love Jesus.

We hope we can assist you as you help your child learn about Jesus. That’s why we are using the Bible App Storybook Curriculum:

  • The Bible Story App curriculum is designed to be used at home, as well as in the Nursery.
  • We focus on one Bible Story each month.
  • In the Nursery Toddler Room, children will be read the story using the Bible App for Kids Storybook during the three services. During the Sunday education hour between services, a Nursery volunteer will choose a learning element from the Adventure Book.

We like this resource because it has multifaceted at-home activities and the materials are free:

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Community Groups

By Nate Kugel on February 21, 2017

In a Community Group, 8-12 people meet regularly to help one another know Jesus by being an intentional community of worship, prayer, learning, caring, and outreach.

Groups meet at host homes in Bloomingdale, Carol Stream, and Addison, always include food, and is a time to pursue healthy relationships and spiritual growth.

Community Groups are scheduled on the off weeks of Alpha Gather. Whereas Alpha Gather is an opportunity to connect with a room full of people, the community group will give you a chance to go deeper with a tight-knit group.

Hosts: Kirk & Amy Jo S.
Details: Adults only; pets present.
Location: Addison
When: 6:30-8pm // March 1, March 15

Hosts: Chris & Allison Steinke
Details: Pets present.
Location: Carol Stream
When: 7-8:30pm, every Wednesday

Hosts: Nate & Anna Kugel
Details: Children and infants welcome & present.
Location: Gray House (#256 on campus).
When: 6:30-8pm // March 1, March 15

// Sign-up for Addison or Bloomingdale Community Group //