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.

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):

 


What is Alpha Gather?

By Nate Kugel on September 15, 2017

Alpha Gather is a group of about 30 people who gather once every other week for food, friendship, and growth through teaching, song, and prayer.

Alpha Gather is a group of people who gather, grow in their faith and friendships, and then go into service to the church and community.

FAQ

Is Alpha Gather for me?

  • Yes! All are welcome.
  • Newcomers who are looking to meet people.
  • People who have been around for a while but want to build deeper connections.
  • Alpha or Alpha 2.0 graduates who are looking for their next step.
  • Anyone looking to take the next step in exploring their faith.
  • Awana-clubber’s parents who are looking for something to do while their kids are having fun at Awana.

What is Alpha Gather like?

It’s laid-back like Alpha, but it’s also intentional about enabling you to continue in your faith journey.

What happens on a typical night at Alpha Gather?

  • Share food.
  • Sing a song or do creative activity to worship Jesus.
  • Read portions of the Bible, hear a short talk about following Jesus, or hear a faith story from a group member.
  • Pray and be prayed for.

What happens on the Wednesdays when Alpha Gather is off?

We’re glad you asked! If you’d like, you’ll have the opportunity to join a Community Group that meets on the off weeks. 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.

When does Alpha Gather meet?

Alpha Gather meets twice monthly on Wednesday nights from 6:30-8pm.

It meets for 3 terms a year. Each term consists of 2 meetings per month for 3 months and during the 4th month of the term, the group will “go” and participate in hands-on service.

1st term: September, October, and November meetings; December Service.
2nd term: January, February, and March meetings; April Service.
3rd term: Monthly Summer Cookouts.

How do I sign-up?

Sign-up for Alpha Gather using this form.


“And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. And awe came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles.” (Acts 2:42-43 ESV)


Adult Ed Classes – Fall 2017 Offerings

Adult Ed Fall 2017 Offerings
Sundays, 9:45-10:45am

Let the Nations be Glad! – Brown Parsonage Upper Level; light breakfast provided
Understanding God’s heartbeat to rescue the nations, and the role our church and Christian & Missionary Alliance play in God’s mission.
Stuart G leads the discussion.

God’s Mercy in God’s Word – Common Grounds, East Room
We’ll discover what the Bible says about God’s mercy from Genesis to Revelation, with an emphasis on God’s Son, our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, who is mercy personified.
Dave M leads the discussion.

Core Doctrines of the C&MA – Common Grounds, West Room
Jesus Christ is our Savior, Sanctifier, Healer, Coming King, the church, and missions.
Vinod M leads the discussion.

Jesus was a Jew – Sanctuary
A discussion of Jesus’ rich Jewish heritage and how the feasts of Israel point to Him as the Messiah.
Vince D leads the discussion.

Financial Peace University – Coffeehouse
Receive teaching and coaching from Ken & Valerie K in class. Attendees are asked to watch weekly video before attending each class. Course materials have a one-time membership fee; it gives you access to FPU online resources and you can attend future FPU classes as often as you like.
Register: bloomingdalechurch.org/fpu

Sign up here.