We are a community that strives to encourage women. We offer women many opportunities to grow in their faith as well as discover supportive relationships with other women. There is a wide range of ages and life experiences among the women who attend.
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.
Fri Mar 4, 6:30-9pm
Celebrating Who We Are as Women in the 21st Century: A biblical and Christian perspective presented by Dr. Jennifer McNutt, author and professor at Wheaton College
Please RSVP here, and bring a friend or two!
Tuesdays 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.
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.)
Women’s Break is every Tuesday, beginning September 15th.
Light breakfast served & childcare provided
Common Grounds – Bloomingdale Church
Common Grounds- Bloomingdale Church
Enter northeast doors at the front stairwell.
What women are saying about Women’s Break Bible Study…
“In the midst of my busiest seasons of life, I set aside Tuesday nights to learn God’s Word with women of many ages, stages and backgrounds. It has become a priority in my life and I so glad I made that choice.” Monica, full-time working mom of pre-schooler & toddler
“I love Tuesday Women’s Break because it is a wonderful time to be refreshed and enjoy some genuine friendship after long days at work, and taking care of my kids. It is a great place to get to know the women of BC as we study His Word and share life together.” Stacey, full-time working mom of kindergartner & pre-schooler
“Tuesday Women’s Break is my time to connect with other women and be refreshed and encouraged in my life as I learn from the Bible.” Deb, part-time working mom of grade-schooler & college student
“Women’s Break is the weekly opportunity to stop the craziness of everyday life and let me totally focus on God’s Word with other women” Kim, mom of high school & college students.
“Sometimes it is hard to do life alone. I love Women’s Break Bible Study as it connects me with women and His Word.” Career single woman
“Bible Study has brought me continued growth in the application of God’s Word. I need it. The women have showed me so much love and joy in their lives.” Recent empty nester
I hope you can join us and give yourself a morning or evening break in your week. Still not sure, how about trying it for a couple of weeks and then decide? Marina Riemenschneider, Bible study teacher