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A safe and welcoming place for 7th-12th grade students to develop friendships, be mentored, and discover faith.

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A safe and welcoming youth community center every Friday Night
7th & 8th grade: 6:30-9:30pm (picked up by 10pm)
9th-12th grade: 6:30-11pm (picked up by 11:30pm)

Do you want a place where you can hang out with your friends and meet kids from different schools? Are you into playing sports or playing board games? Do you just want a place to hang out on Friday night after a long week? If that sounds good, come to Friday Night Coffeehouse – a place where you will always be welcome,  can hang out with friends and make some new friends too.

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Hang out, student-led worship and teaching
7th-12th grade
Sundays, 9:30ish-10:45am

What would it look like to attend a group in which is lead by students?  Listen to the teen band playing contemporary worship songs, the interactive Bible discussions, the active learning exercises.  Join us at Sunday Morning Youth Group, Sundays at 9:45 in the youth quad.

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Students hanging out in family homes with the adult teen leaders, building friendships and discussing the Bible
7th-12th grade, age specific groups
Offered fall, spring, and summer

Need a chance to unwind and hang out with friends? Small groups are a loose hangout where we discuss the practical applications of the Bible together. Small Groups are  8-10 weeks in the spring and fall. Bridge Groups meet during the summer as a fun social group that helps teens make a natural transition.

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Youth Alpha is a non-confrontational party to ask anything about life and faith
7th-12th grade
Fridays, 6:30-9:30pm

It’s a Friday night teen party. It’s free food. It’s new people to meet that don’t judge. It’s a chill space to to talk about life, faith, & God. It’s 7-12th grade. It’s Youth Alpha @264coffeehouse

THE MENTORING PROJECT

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Inspiring men and women to become relational mentors to local youth
One-year commitment, meet at least twice a month

“I like the mentoring program because I have someone I can go to and talk to about anything.” (Jay, mentee).  Details and sign up at mentor.bloomingdalechurch.org.

A semi-monthly serving project for our community alongside our peers, family or mentor

Supervised practical training for the onMission lifestyle
Second-semester 8th-12th grade students
Fall or Spring semester

Students who want to make the youth group even better for their peers sign up for a semester commitment of being a Student Intern. Under the leadership of one of the Youth Staff, attend bi-weekly meetings to plan and delegate tasks. Receive personal coaching in the faith journey.

Giving students the needed change of pace in order to connect with Christ. Retreats and trips assist students know what following Christ looks like
7th-12th grade
Winter Camp (February), TeamUp Retreat (August), DiscipleNow (November), onMission/Life (summer)

Sometimes it takes just getting away for a student to remove the distractions to notice God working in their lives. We offer quarterly retreats and onMission trips to give students the opportunity to take this time to serve God and get to know peers.

We believe that a teenager’s parent/guardian is the most important influence in their life and so want to do our best to encourage them.

Joseph L’s Story

Joseph shares his faith story at Bloomingdale Church. He lives in Medinah, IL.

Arianna D’s Story

Arianna shares her faith story before getting baptized. She lives in Bloomingdale, IL.

Jeremy P’s Story

Jeremy lives in Bloomingdale, IL.

Megan S’ Story

Megan shares her faith story at Bloomingdale Church. She lives in Glen Ellyn, IL.

Angela F’s Story

Angela shares her faith story at Bloomingdale Church. She lives in Glendale Heights, IL.

Sara G’s Story

Sara shares her faith story at Bloomingdale Church. She lives in Glen Ellyn, IL.


 

Renee > Mission Trip > Story > 7-7+8-12

Renee shares her experiences with us about her mission trip to Family Empowerment Center Chicago in Rogers Park neighborhood. Renee relates the best part of the trip were the kids. Another moving experience was the lunch for the homeless men, where one man’s gratitude was immense. Renee says that our job is to minister to others.

Note: you may have to click on the “read more” button below to reveal the audio link.

Collette > Mission Trip > Story > 7-7+8-12

Collette share her experiences with us about her mission trip in Chicago.   …  Note: you may have to click on the “read more” button below to reveal the audio link.    ….    Collette shares that while handing out water bottles on a hot day, and sharing the gospel as they did so, the people looked SCARY , but it turned out just fine.  One homeless woman, who had been homeless for  3 years ended up praying for THEM after they had rayed for her!!

Ari > Mission Trip > Story > 7-7+8-12

Ari shares with us her experiences on her mission trip to the Empowerment Center in Rogers Park.   …   Note: You may have to click on the “read more” button below to reveal the audio link .    ….    Ari tells us of a situation when they were handing out water bottles on a hot day, and sharing the gospel as they did so, a homeless woman ended up praying for THEM . Ari learned that you not only serve, but you are served in return!!