BASKETBALL & BIBLE STUDY

Every Monday night, guys hang out for a short Bible study and then play basketball (pick up, full court) in our gymnasium. Attendees are many ages, but must be graduated from high school and come at 7pm to play ball. (Enter the lower level southwest door from the west parking area at the sign “Gym/Coffeehouse”.)

MONDAY NIGHT MEN

On Mondays at 7:30 pm, about twenty men meet each week in the 264Coffeehouse. They study the Bible in a discussion format and have a prayer time together. (Enter the lower level southwest door from the west parking area at the sign “Gym/Coffeehouse”.)

HELPING THE COMMUNITY

In addition to Monday nights, the men use their practical skills to help others. For example, they have worked together to build a house on the church campus, and a new cabin for a wilderness youth camp in Canada. They also regularly assist in home projects for our single parents and seniors.

FRIDAY MORNING MEN

This group that meets during the day on the 1st and 3rd Friday mornings (9am to noon) in the Common Grounds . The group is for men who are retired, underemployed or just free on Friday mornings to participate. The focus of this group is doing practical acts of service together.


Mentoring: Doing What Needs to Get Done

By Daniel Riem on February 12, 2016

Mentoring is “doing what needs to get done.”   That’s what mentor Bill W says.

About five years ago Bloomingdale Church launched a mentoring initiative, inspired by The Mentoring Project.  We have learned and been challenged:

  • Adolescents who are placed in an active mentoring relationship reap huge benefits.
  • There remains a healthy interest among adults in our church to train as mentors.  (We have already trained more than 75 people.)
  • Successfully placing mentors with mentees is currently our most challenging road-block.

Because mentoring is “what needs to be done”, we have set the following program adjustments into motion:

  • Revitalizing our “Introduction to Mentoring” training:  We are placing quarterly training dates on the calendar, and actively inviting people from our church and community to “come find out how to be a mentor.”
  • Adolescent matching at Bloomingdale Church:  We are reconsidering how to more successfully match adult mentors and teen mentees from our church.
  • Supporting community-based mentoring initiatives:  We are building partnerships with local community-based programs (e.g. local schools) to provide them with trained mentors to help fulfill their waiting lists.
  • Serving while mentoring: We are fostering a “mentoring culture” within our church programs in which adults who volunteer alongside adolescents view themselves as a mentor (e.g. an adult Awana Leader serving alongside a teen Leader-In-Training).

Go to mentor.bloomingdalechurch.org to find out more about The Mentoring Project, including expressing interest in being a mentor or being mentored.


Women and Men’s Bible Study Groups

00EventPromo_WomenTuesdays at Morning Break (9am) and Evening Break (7pm) an energetic group of women connect for friendship, support and practical lessons from the Bible. Each week, over ninety women gather in the Common Grounds Room at Bloomingdale Church, led by Marina Riemenschneider, former public school teacher and veteran instructor of children and adult groups.

This fall, the women are studying the New Testament book of James, a short and sweet book of five chapters packed with practical insights for women. The Morning Break and Evening Break gatherings are open groups that are welcoming newcomers continually. If you want to study the Bible in a caring, friendly environment, please come. (Enter via the front north double doors.)   There is child care available in the Morning Break group.

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Monday Night Men’s groups meet every Monday night. A men basketball and study group led by Brent Steinke meets in the gymnasium at 7pm every Monday. The 7:30pm group meets in the Coffeehouse. This fall, the 7:30pm group will be viewing a short video segment from Andy Stanley’ entitled “Follow.” A group discussion led by Pastor David follows.   For both groups enter the lower level south doors at the sign marked (Gym & Coffeehouse.)


Monday Night Men begins Sept 14

Bible Study & Prayer
7:30pm in the 264 Coffeehouse. (Enter the lower level gym coffeehouse door where there is a big “264” sign.) Pastor David leaders this group for men 18 years and up.

Basketball & Bible Study
7pm in the gym. Group is led by Brent Steinke for men (18 years and older.)  Includes a short Bible study and then play a pick up game of basketball.