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


Summer PAK Parties

Summer is a great time to go outside and do crazy activities with friends. PAK Parties are for incoming 5th and 6th graders to get together and have some epic fun and build friendships. There will be snacks and games every week. Oh, and it’s FREE! We encourage students to wear clothes they don’t mind getting wet/dirty or bring a change of clothes/towel due to the fun in store for them.

Wednesdays, 6:30-8pm – PAK Room  [May 17, 31; Jun 28; Jul 12, 26; Aug 9]

Interested in helping in a small way? We’re looking for people who would enjoy providing snacks once for the students. Please contact Chelsea at chelseac@bloomingdalechurch.org.


Jr. High House Groups

By Chelsea C on May 11, 2017

On Sunday nights, our house is filled with laughter! Junior High students come and play a variety of games, talk, and pray together. On the first week, we had two girls and four guys. Then two new girls showed up the following week, and they brought another friend. Our group has quickly grown. Friendships and community have been developing between them.

If you’re in 7th/8th grade and bored at home on a Sunday night, come and join us for a couple hours of fun! Sundays 6:30-8:30pm – Jarrod & Chelsea’s (brown house, lower level)


KidsQuest Summer & Fall Events 2017

A safe and welcoming place for your family. We hope you can join us.

SUMMER – KIDS & FAMILIES

DAY CAMP
June 13-16 (Tuesday-Friday), 9:30am-12:45pm.  Sign up: bloomingdalechurch.org/daycamp
Kids (completed K-6) enjoy dramas, games, live music, crafts, fishing, and new friends

CHILDREN’S CHURCH & NURSERY
Sat 5:30pm: Nursery – Age 0-3 & Children’s Church – Age 4 – 4th grade
Sun 8:30 & 11am: Nursery – Age 0-3 & Children’s Church Age 3 – 4th grade (two classes: 3 years old-Kindergarten, 1st-4th grade)

FAMILY OPEN GYM

Sundays 9:45-10:45, June-July
Conversations and coffee with other adults while your kiddos get out their energy.  (At least one guardian must be present)

SUMMER SUNDAY NIGHT COOKOUTS
Jun 4, Jul 2, Au. 6, 5:30-8:30pm
Lawn games (bocce, bags, volleyball).  Campfire. You bring a side and/or something to put on the grill and we’ll grill it. Drinks and lawn games provided. All are welcome.

FRIENDSHIP PARTIES
Wednesdays 6:30-8pm – July 12,19, 26
Families eat a home-cooked meal together. Kids enjoy their own supervised party, while adults enjoy real-life conversations to non-threatening questions

PAK PARTIES
Wednesdays 6:30-8pm – May 17, 31, Jun 28, July 12, 26, Aug 9 (Meet in PAK room)
Going into 5th/6th grade this fall? Come hang out and have some ridiculous fun with friends.

PARTY IN THE PARK
Fri Aug 4, 5:30-7:30pm
A free party for your entire family at Sunnyside Park (across street from church) including food, music, water balloons, and sports “Gagaball.”

SUMMER – YOUTH

JR HIGH BRIDGE GROUPS
Wednesdays 6:30-8pm – Jun 7, 21, July 5, 19, Aug 16
 (Meet at Chelsea & Jarrod’s – Brown house on campus, lower level)
Going into 7th/8th grade this fall?  We’re hanging out and being friends together.

FRIDAY NIGHT COFFEEHOUSE
Fridays, 6:30-9:30pm
A safe and welcoming youth community center every Friday Night  for students going into 7-12th grade

For complete list of 7th-12th grade youth events, go to bloomingdalechurch.org/youth

FALL

FALL KICK OFF PARTY
Aug 20, 9:45am
Fall Sunday School is back, so let’s celebrate with music, games, crafts and prizes

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

SUNDAY SCHOOL
Learn about the Bible through a rotation of activities including story time, art projects, watching a movie with popcorn, cooking, playing games, and doing a science experiment.
Every Sunday 9:45am, beginning Aug 20

AWANA KIDS CLUB
High-energy game time, large group, and learning about the Bible
Register: bloomingdalechurch.org/awana
Come to “A Taste of Awana” on Sep 6

CROSSROADS KIDS CLUB
A free club, for children at DuJardin Elementary School, with snack, games, Bible lesson, and small group. 
Register: bloomingdalechurch.org/kidsclub

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

NURSERY
A safe and welcoming place for 0 to 3 year olds
Saturdays, 5:30pm & Sundays, 8:30 & 11:00am
Sundays, 9:45 – Every Sunday 9:45 beginning Aug 13


Teens Share – Don’t Be Alone

By Amy Jo Steinbruecker on May 4, 2017

Teens are finding what they are looking for at Bloomingdale Church’s Coffeehouse. Although the games, music, snacks, and the coffee are popular, they are not what brings students back every Friday night. Claire L (13, Glenbard East HS in Lombard) told us, “It’s like a family.”

Life is confusing, scary and lonely. Whether you are homeschooled or attending a large public school, junior high and high school are a particularly challenging time in development. No matter how solitary of a life you create for yourself, you have a natural need to fit in somewhere. Mark F (16, Glenbard North HS in Carol Stream) told us, “These people are going to care for you, care about you. They’re going to genuinely want to know what’s going on in your life and they’re going to pray for you. I don’t think there’s anything else like that.”

Why is Coffeehouse different? Because it was developed as a safe and welcoming community center—properly supervised by fun adults who care.

Grant P (16, Roselle) told us, “It’s pretty much like home, I can’t imagine life without it.”

All teens are encouraged to bring friends. No one is expected to be comfortable walking in alone, but we guarantee no one will be alone for long. Check us out.

*Quotes are from ACTUAL REAL LIVE TEENS from Bloomingdale Church. No teens were harmed or harassed in the writing of this story.