If you’ve ever driven on Glen Ellyn Road on a Wednesday evening, you may have noticed a lot of activity at Bloomingdale Church. From September-April, many people from the community enjoy adult and kid programming that prioritizes supporting you and your family.
A safe and welcoming club for kids
At Awana Club, kids (age 2 – 6th grade) enjoy fun with friends, playing organized gym games, singing, learning values, and earning awards. Kids participate in age-specific groups: Puggles (age 2), Cubbies (ages 3-5), Sparks (K-1st-2nd), T&T (3rd-4th), or PAK (5th-6th). Kids are safely checked in and out. Dedicated volunteers invest in each child. Club shirt, book, bag, and awards included with $25 supplies fee.
Practical “Video-and-Conversation” courses
We offer adults practical video-and-conversation courses during Awana, beginning with a free meal that you can enjoy as a family.*
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The Alpha Course
is a place to explore faith, ask questions, and share your point of view. (Meal begins at 6:15 and concludes at 8pm)
Financial Peace U offers helpful teaching to gain financial freedom. (6:15-8pm)
The Pre-Marriage & Marriage Course is a date night for couples to invest in their relationship. (6:15-8pm)
Divorce Care offers support for those struggling with divorce or separation. (6:30-8pm)
*To accommodate families attending the family meal or parents attending a course: 1) Children can be checked-in starting at 6:10pm 2) Puggles & Cubbies (ages 0 – 5) may enter their classroom starting at 6:25pm 3) Sparks, T&T, and PAK (K-6th grade) can participate in a supervised open gym starting at 6:25pm.
4 teams. 4 laundry baskets. 8 scooters. 225 balloons. Infinite fun.
Have you ever played the classic board game “Hungry Hungry Hippos?” At the PAK January Gym Jam we played our own version of this game, except with students. Laying on scooters, they trapped those colorful balloons with laundry baskets to bring back to their team. The team with the most balloons at the end won the game. We had approximately 30 kids who came and participated and four new friends.
The PAK is a 5th & 6th grade youth group developing friendships and applying Biblical truths to life. Join us Sundays at 9:45-10:45am (Aug-May), Wednesdays 6:30-8pm (Sep-Apr), and every other Wednesday 6:30-8pm (May-Aug).
Did you make a New Year’s resolution to join an “IN” Group?
Alpha Gather is a group of about 30+ people from Bloomingdale, Addison, Glendale Heights, and surrounding towns who gather once every other week for food, friendship, and spiritual growth through Bible reading, 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.
When Gather meets
Alpha Gather meets twice monthly on Wednesday nights from 6:35-7:55pm.
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.
Small Groups meet on Gather’s off weeks.
Spring 2017 schedule:
- January 11 & 25
- February 8 & 22
- March 8 & 22
- April: service project
Where Gather meets
- #262 Glen Ellyn Rd. The Brick House on the church property.
Frequently Asked Questions
Alpha Gather – A Community to Continue after Alpha
Do you like middle school students? At Bloomingdale Church, we think 5th-8th graders are fantastic. That’s why we have groups just for them – PAK & Youth Group. It is also why we have created a new Middle School Director position.
We are excited to welcome Chelsea C as our Middle School Director. Chelsea and Jarrod are childhood friends from Orville, Ohio and newlyweds (November 5, 2016)! Both came to know Jesus as Lord as children and have chosen to serve Him at Bloomingdale Church, and someday overseas.
We asked Chelsea a few questions to get to know her.
In one word, how would your friends describe you?
What is the one meal you would eat and where would you eat it?
“Horhog” – it’s lamb, potatoes, carrots cooked in this huge pot with rocks all day. Traditional Mongolian food. Amazing! And of course I’d want to eat in the countryside of Mongolia. (Note: Chelsea lived in Mongolia for two years.)
How did you originally get involved in volunteering with children’s/youth ministry?
After I was too old to be a kid in the programs, it was natural to start continuing in the programs as a junior leader and as I got older, a full leader. Awana and Day Camp were probably the main two ministries that I started with. Being a pastor’s kid, I was always helping out anywhere and everywhere. But I’ve always had a youthful spirit so working with kids and teens was where I gravitated.
A goal you have for 2016-2017?
Learn how to cook more than the four meals I now know how to make 🙂 Actually my main goal is to transition well in marriage, moving, ministry and to grow closer to the Lord in the process.
What will you be leading at Bloomingdale Church?
I’ll be serving on the NextGen staff team. I’m looking forward to caring for 5th-8th grade students and helping oversee PAK and Jr High.
Click here for more Bloomingdale Church leadership profiles. The NextGen Staff at Bloomingdale Church is:
- Daniel (and Amy) Riemenschneider – NextGen Administrative Pastor
- Victoria Paul – Children’s Outreach Director
- Nate (and Anna) Kugel – Youth Pastor
- Chelsea (and Jarrod) C – Middle School Director
- Danny Muñoz – Youth Community Outreach Director
55 years ago, Helen started volunteering with children’s programming. She has not stopped serving since!
“I cannot imagine not working with children, teaching them to know Jesus’s love. They have an eagerness to learn and accept the truths they are taught.”
“Children’s ministry has its own struggles,” Helen said, “like times and culture changing throughout the years.” Serving while working full-time was a challenge as well but Helen has learned to adapt and ask God for help.
“There’s nothing more exciting than spending time with children. I’m currently involved in Sunday School, Crossroads at DuJardin Elementary School, and Awana. If you want a blessing, I encourage you to consider becoming involved in serving the Lord in some way: Listen to Bible verses at Awana or spend time with some amazing boys and girls at DuJardin on Tuesday afternoons. God will bless you immeasurably!”
Helen’s favorite memory from serving in KidsQuest has been watching kids grow from making gingerbread houses together in Sunday School to becoming current leaders in the church, like current Bloomingdale Church staff members Chris and Brent Steinke. “I get tears in my eyes as I watch these boys and girls grow up, especially to be baptized and serve the Lord.”
At Bloomingdale Church, KidsQuest programs are designed to be fun, safe, and a welcoming place for families. But what makes these programs run? Volunteers – adults and teens who give their time to serving kids and families. Thank you, Helen, and 200+ other volunteers!
Learn more about being a NextGen volunteer here.