NextGen

NextGen is programming for 0-18, where kids and teens are always welcome, no matter what. We emphasize a place that’s safe, and parents appreciate that too.  The mission – to help kids, teens, and families know Jesus.

High-energy game time, large group, and learning about the Bible
Age 2 – 6th grade
Wed 6:45-8pm (September-April)

A safe and welcoming place for children, 0-3.
Available during all weekend services and Sunday education hour

A special space to explore faith through story and free play
Sat 5:30pm: Age 4 – 4th grade
Sun 8:30 & 11am: Age 3 – 4th grade

5th & 6th grade youth group developing friendships and applying Biblical truths to life
Sun 9:45-10:45am & Wed 6:45-8pm

Learn the Bible through stories, art, cooking, movies, games, and science experiments
Ages 3 – 4th grade
Sun 9:45-10:45am

Free after-school club with snack, games, Bible lesson, and small group
1st-4th grade
Tues 3:30-5pm, DuJardin Elementary School

Kicking off each summer, a free camp where kids (completed K-6th) enjoy dramas, games, live music, crafts, fishing, and friends
Second week of June, 9:30am-12:45pm

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)

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

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

Inspiring men and women to become relational mentors to local youth.

Safe people who have regularly attended Bloomingdale Church (at least six months), pass background checks, complete an annual application and attend training

NEXTGEN STAFF – nextgen@bloomingdalechurch.org

Daniel (and Amy) Riemenschneider – NextGen Administrative Pastor
Morgan L (and Mickey) – Children’s Director
Chelsea (and Jarrod) C – Middle School Director
Nate (and Anna) Kugel – Youth Pastor
Donna Freeman – Nursery Coordinator


Youth Group: Holiday Volleyball Tournament

By Nate Kugel on November 17, 2017

Dec 1 at Friday Night Coffeehouse is our annual ‘Holiday Tournament’ for 7-12th Grade.

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Where: 264.Coffeehouse at Bloomingdale Church
When: Friday, Dec 1 from 6:30-11pm

Event Schedule:
Doors open – 6:30pm
Brief special speaker & Tournament Rules – 7pm
Double-Elimination Tournament begins – 7:30pm

Note: Jr. High/High School tournament will be separate tournaments pending on number of total teams. Be aware if your team is mixed Jr. High and High School students.

Teams are to be 4-6 members.
– Got more than 6? Create a second team! (Students may NOT switch teams throughout the tournament–only one team per student.

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Students from all surrounding areas are welcome to invite students to participate.
Included by not limited to Glenbard North High School, Glenbard West High School, Glenbard East High School, Lake Park High School, Addison Trail High School, Marquardt Middle School, Westfield Middle School, Stratford Middle School, Roselle Middle School, and Jay Stream Middle School. 


A DuJardin Student is Dedicated

By Morgan L on November 17, 2017

Remy H., a student we met through Crossroads Kids Club at DuJardin Elementary School, was dedicated on October 29th. After attending Crossroads and receiving a Bible, Remy asked if he could go through the dedication process. We are so thankful that he had the desire to acknowledge God’s love for him and commit to praying for him as he continues to grow in his faith and knowledge of Jesus Christ.

When we dedicate children, we celebrate the life of the child and ask the parents and the church body to raise up the child to know God. We desire to come alongside one another to “encourage us in our faith journey,” which includes how we raise our children. Because parenting can be so challenging, we dedicate children as an admission of our own faults, praying that God will help us parent our children well.

Watch Remy’s dedication video here.


Child Predators: How to Spot Them, How to Stop Them

By Daniel Riem on November 7, 2017

Register for free Jan 27 seminar  >>

There are 60 million adult survivors of child sexual abuse in the United States today. One in four women and one in six men were sexually abused before they turned 18. Most never tell, and the problem is getting worse. Our society has become wildly sexualized, and the more sexualized the environment, the more dangerous it is for our children.

We need to do something about this. We have to stop the abuse before it happens.

A community-oriented organization – Bloomingdale Church’s mission is to be a safe and welcoming place, both in our programs and as a positive imprint in our community.

In an ongoing effort to care for and protect our children and teens, Bloomingdale Church has partnered with Truth Alliance Foundation to offer a free seminar to our community entitled: “Child Predators: How to Spot Them, How to Stop Them.” 

Saturday, January 27 – Bloomingdale Church
8:30am – Hot, fresh breakfast
9-10:30am – Seminar (childcare available)

Please Register Here >>

Why offer a seminar?
When enough people become informed, they can carry the message to the rest of their community through the PTA, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, the Park District programs, and so on. Additionally, the informed can begin to recognize the predators and take the steps necessary keep them away from our children. They can begin to identify the signs of abuse and take action to stop it.

Who is the speaker?
Tom Hampson has an extensive law enforcement background including 45+ years as an investigator, directing sexual predator investigations in 20+ countries, co-authored Illinois laws for child protection and developed a model for prosecution of sexual predators. Tom’s current focus is educating groups how to spot and keep sexual predators out of their organizations.


Awana Kids Serving the Community – Fall Food Drive

By Morgan L on November 6, 2017

Each year, we hold the Awana Food Drive to restock the food pantry we have onsite to help people in need.  It’s a practical way to help kids learn what it means to give and serve others. Jesus modeled servant leadership and we hope that this event will encourage even the youngest Awana members to consider the needs of others.

Clubbers received (Nov 1) a plastic bag to fill with non-perishable food items and return the bag to Awana the following week (Nov 8). The church Deacons Team collect the bags and restocks the food pantry with the items for people in our community.