NextGen

NextGen is programming for 0-18 years old where kids and teens are always welcome, no matter what. We emphasize a place that’s safe, and parents appreciate that too.  

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 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
Third 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

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

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
Victoria Paul – Children’s Outreach Director
Chelsea (and Jarrod) C – Middle School Director
Nate (and Anna) Kugel – Youth Pastor
Danny Muñoz – Youth Community Outreach Director


Alpha Gather 2017

By Nate Kugel on September 15, 2017

Alpha Gather is a group of about 30 people who gather once every other week for food, friendship, and growth through teaching, 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.

FAQ

Is Alpha Gather for me?

  • Yes! All are welcome.
  • Newcomers who are looking to meet people.
  • People who have been around for a while but want to build deeper connections.
  • Alpha or Alpha 2.0 graduates who are looking for their next step.
  • Anyone looking to take the next step in exploring their faith.
  • Awana-clubber’s parents who are looking for something to do while their kids are having fun at Awana.

What is Alpha Gather like?

It’s laid-back like Alpha, but it’s also intentional about enabling you to continue in your faith journey.

What happens on a typical night at Alpha Gather?

  • Share food.
  • Sing a song or do creative activity to worship Jesus.
  • Read portions of the Bible, hear a short talk about following Jesus, or hear a faith story from a group member.
  • Pray and be prayed for.

What happens on the Wednesdays when Alpha Gather is off?

We’re glad you asked! If you’d like, you’ll have the opportunity to join a Community Group that meets on the off weeks. Whereas Alpha Gather is an opportunity to connect with a room full of people, the community group will give you a chance to go deeper with a tight-knit group.

When does Alpha Gather meet?

Alpha Gather meets twice monthly on Wednesday nights from 6:30-8pm.

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.

1st term: September, October, and November meetings; December Service.
2nd term: January, February, and March meetings; April Service.
3rd term: Monthly Summer Cookouts.

How do I sign-up?

Sign-up for Alpha Gather using this form.


“And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. And awe came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles.” (Acts 2:42-43 ESV)


Welcoming Morgan, Children’s Ministry Director

By Morgan L on August 25, 2017

Meet Morgan, her husband Mickey, and their son Adrian. Morgan began her role as the Children’s Ministry Director at Bloomingdale Church on August 21, 2017.

Morgan and Mickey grew up in Colorado and came to know Christ at an early age. Morgan was active in Sunday school, Awana, and children’s church which gave her a firm foundation in who God is and what the Bible says. She is very excited to be serving as Children’s Ministry Director and hopes to help support the amazing programs in place and encourage young minds to seek Jesus. Morgan attended Colorado Christian University and graduated with a degree in Liberal Arts/Elementary Education. For the last six years, Morgan has been teaching, in the US as well as in the United Arab Emirates. Mickey is a student at Moody Bible Institute; he enjoys ultimate frisbee, playing games, watching movies, playing and listening to music, and all things nerdy. Morgan loves crafting, grammar, cooking/baking, reading, verse mapping, and bullet journaling. They both love playing with their energetic son, Adrian.

What does the Children’s Ministry Director do? The role includes: People Care & Prayer (children/parents, guest assimilation, volunteer development), Children’s Outreach Programs & Events (Check-In, Children’s Church, Crossroads Kids Club, Awana Club, outreach events, Day Camp, Sunday School), NextGen Staff roles, and Pastoral Staff roles.

 

 


Programs & Events for Teens – Fall 2017

STUDENT INTERNSHIP FALL SEMESTER
Sep 17 – Applications due
Fill out Intern Application at www.intern.storiesof.us
Every other week team meetings for 9-12th grade students with youth staff for event planning and leadership training – Quarterly Development Day Mon Oct 9 (Columbus Day)

PARENT’S OF YOUTH MEETING
Sept 8 (6:30-7:30pm) & Sept 10 (9:30-10:45am)
Invite a fellow parent to join you in the Youth Quad Room
Meet fellow parents, get the inside scoop on Youth Group, and learn how to prepare for our next summer trip.

SEE YOU AT THE POLE
Wed Sep 27, 7-7:45am (pending school hours)
Invite a school friend to join you at your school’s flag pole to pray
Annual nationwide campaign for Christian teens to pray for your school, town, and country.

HARVEST HOEDOWN
September 30 – 4:30-8:30pm
Sign up at www.storiesof.us/offsite
Pizza, football, pumpkin carving, and a large bonfire. Ray & Luanne W.’s – 36W669 Foxborough Rd, St. Charles

DISCIPLENOW RETREAT/CRASH WORSHIP NIGHT
November 3-5–Fri 6:30pm – Sun Noon.
Sign up by Oct 30 at www.storiesof.us/offsite.
Weekend in-house retreat focusing on our personal relationship with God and each other; culminating on Saturday worship night with local C&MA Youth Groups.

WEEKLY EVENTS>>

SMALL GROUPS
Sundays 6:30-8pm — September 10-October 29.
Students hanging out in youth leader & family homes discussing the Psalms
7-8th Guys: Jon Volland’s House – 849 Winterwood, Roselle
7-8th Girls: Emma Tate’s House – 1199 Westward Tr., Carol Stream
9-10th: Jeremy Hynes’ House – 267 Winston Lane, Bloomingdale
11-12th: Clare Stephen’s House – 2N525 Euclid Ave, Glen Ellyn

FRIDAY NIGHT COFFEEHOUSE
Every Friday (except Nov 24, Dec 22, Dec 29)
A safe and welcoming youth community center every Friday Night
7th & 8th grade: 6:30-9:30pm (must be picked up by 10pm)
9th-12th grade: 6:30-11pm

SUNDAY MORNING YOUTH GROUP
Sundays, 9:40-10:50am
A weekly space to come together to grow in our understanding of God’s Word and how it must be transforming our lives, including interactive worship experiences and student-led teaching
Sept 8 – SMYG Kickoff; Sept 3 & Nov 26 – All-church Baptism; Nov 5 – Join DiscipleNow Retreat


Programs & Events for Kids – Fall 2017

AWANA CLUB
Every Wednesday 6:45-8pm, starting Sep 13.
Come to “Taste of Awana” on Sep 6, 6:30-7:30pm (free picnic, pick-up Awana materials, discover Wed night adult offerings)
Register: bloomingdalechurch.org/awana
High-energy game time, large group, and learning about the Bible

SUNDAY SCHOOL
Every Sunday 9:45am, beginning Aug 20
 (Check-in, then enter Kids Quad)
Fall Sunday School is back, so let’s celebrate with the Day Camp band and characters, a special craft, and story.  Then join us on Sunday mornings to learn the Bible through stories, art, cooking, movies, games, and science experiments.  (Every Sunday morning through May 20, except Nov 26, Dec 24/31)

CHILDREN’S CHURCH
Saturdays, 5:30pm: ages 4 – 4th grade 
Sundays, 8:30 & 11am: ages 3 – 4th grade (age 3-K, 1st-4th grade classes)
A special space to explore faith through story and free play. Kids  are invited at the halfway point of all weekend services

NURSERY
Saturdays, 5:30pm & Sundays, 8:30, 9:45, 11am
A safe and welcoming place for 0 to 3 year olds

SUNDAY MORNING PAK
Every Sunday 9:45am, beginning Aug 20 
(PAK room)
5th & 6th grade youth group developing friendships and applying Biblical truths to life.

CROSSROADS KIDS CLUB
Tuesdays 3:30-5pm (Sep 19-Apr 24), 1st-5th grade – DuJardin Elementary School
​​​​​​​
Register: bloomingdalechurch.org/crossroads
Children enjoy snack, games, Bible lesson, and small group at free after-school program

CHILD DEDICATION
Sun Sep 10, 9:45am  Meet Pastor Bill in South Lobby if you would like to dedicate your child on Sept 24 (8:30 or 11) or alternate date.  Child dedication is a public covenant of parents to raise their child in a Christ-honoring home.

FACEPAINTING @ VILLAGE OF BLOOMINGDALE’S HALLOWEEN PARTY
Sat Oct 28
We love serving our community, including supporting neighborhood events.  Volunteers from Bloomingdale Church will be painting many smiling faces.

FOR PARENTS & GUARDIANS >>

SUNDAY MORNING ADULT ED – YOUNG FAMILIES CLASS
Sundays 9:45-10:45am(Coffeehouse)
We start with food, coffee, and hanging out.

  • Aug 20-Sep 17: We watch a 15 minute teaching from Francis & Lisa Chan’s “You and Me Forever” relationship series.  We conclude with table discussions based on a guide, led by Mike & Gia W.  Download/read free “You & Me Forever book” or use the free app.
  • Sep 24-Dec17: We are hosting the Financial Peace University Course, led by veterans Ken & Valerie K.   Attendees are asked to watch weekly video before attending each class. Course materials have a one-time membership fee – gives you access to the FPU online resources; you can attend future FPU classes as often as you like.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT “GATHER” – YOUNG FAMILIES GROUP
Gather Group – 2nd/4th Wednesdays, 6:45-8pm (Coffeehouse)
Young Families Small Group – 1st/3rd/5th Wednesdays, 6:45-8pm

Come to “Taste of” event on Sep 6.  Group beings Sep 13
A group community including friendship and growth through teaching, song, and prayer.  Contact natek@bloomingdalechurch.org

WEDNESDAY NIGHT COURSES
Wednesdays 6:45-8pm, beginning Sep 13.  Come to “Taste of” event on Sep 6.
“Self-help” courses include Alpha, Financial Peace U, DivorceCare, and Pre/Marriage Course.

VOLUNTEERING WITH YOUR KIDS
NextGen Volunteers are safe people who have regularly attended Bloomingdale Church for at least six months, complete an annual application, pass background/reference checks, and have pastoral staff affirmation.  Click here to apply to volunteer.