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. We want to help kids, teens, and families know Jesus.

Awana Club

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

Looking for a safe and welcoming club for kids? Kids enjoy fun with friends, playing organized gym games, being known by their small group leaders, learning the Bible, and earning awards. Dedicated volunteers invest in each child. Club shirt, book, bag, and incentives included with $25 supplies fee. 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). Practical adult courses are also offered during Awana.
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Crossroads Kids Club

Free after-school club with snack, games, Bible lesson, and small group
Crossroads1st-5th grade
Erickson Elementary School – Monday 3:30-5pm
DuJardin Elementary School – Tuesday 3:30-5pm

 

Children at DuJardin Elementary School (Bloomingdale) are invited to Crossroads Kids Club on Tuesdays after school. Club highlights include a Bible story, small groups led by a KidsQuest worker, games, and snack.
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Noah’s Ark Nursery

A safe and welcoming place for children 0-3
NurseryAvailable during all weekend services and Sunday education hour
Workers welcome children to story time and free play with toys, music, crafts, books, a train table, and play gym. There is a room for infants and crawlers, and a room for toddlers.
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Children’s Church

A special place to explore faith
Children's ChurchSaturday 5:30pm: Age 4 – 4th grade
Sun 8:30 & 11am: Age 3 – 4th grade
At the halfway point of every weekend service (Sat 5:30pm, Sun 8:30 & 11am), children are invited to Children’s Church. It is a special space where children participate in a Bible story time and enjoy free play with music, drama, crafts, games, arts, and more.
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Sunday School

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

Join us as we learn God’s Word in a new way each week. Each Sunday, your class will “rotate” through storytelling, art, cooking, movies, games, and science experiments as we learn stories from the Bible.
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PAK

5th & 6th grade youth group developing friendships and applying Biblical truths to life
PAK5th-6th grade
Sunday 9:45-10:45am & Wednesday 6:45-8pm

At Sunday Morning PAK, we meet in our PAK Room (9:45-10:45am) to talk about issues we face daily as pre-teens. We look to the Bible as our guidebook. We enjoy offsite activities like “Fast Food Frenzy” and participate in an annual drama. We participate in Awana Club.
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Day Camp

Kicking off each summer, a free camp where kids enjoy dramas, games, live music, crafts, fishing, and friends
Day CampKids who are going into 1st Grade-7th Grade
Second week of June, 9:30am-12:45pm

Kids love coming for the fun-filled story times, crafts, high-energy games, and fishing. Each day starts with an exuberant large group program with drama and music presented by the teens. Kids are divided into classes by grade level. Families are invited to our Day Camp Family Night on Saturday for connecting and more fun.
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Friday Night Coffeehouse

A safe and welcoming youth community center every Friday Night
Coffeehouse7th-8th grade: 7:00-9:45pm
9th-12th grade: 7:00-11pm (picked up by 11pm)

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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Sunday Morning Youth Group

Hang out, student-led worship and teaching
Sunday Morning Youth Group7th-12th grade
Sunday 9:45-10:45am

What would it look like to attend a group in which is led by students? Listen to the teen band playing 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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Small Groups / Bridge Groups

Students hanging out in family homes with the adult teen leaders, building friendships and discussing the Bible
Youth Small Group7th-12th grade
Age specific groups
Small Groups in fall/spring, Bridge Groups in 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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The Mentoring Project

Inspiring men and women to become relational mentors to local youth
Mentoring“I like the mentoring program because I have someone I can go to and talk to about anything.” (Jay, mentee).
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NextGen Volunteers & Staff

 
VolunteerNextGen Volunteers are safe people who have regularly attended Bloomingdale Church (at least 6 months), pass reference/background checks, complete an annual application, attend training, and received pastoral staff approval.

Interested in being a NextGen volunteer?

 

NextGen Staff

  • Daniel (and Amy) Riemenschneider – NextGen/Administrative Pastor
  • Daniel Wright – Youth Director
  • Morgan (and Mickey) Lang – Children’s Ministry Director
  • Donna Freeman – Nursery Coordinator