Awana Club

High-energy game time, music, incentives, and values learning
Age 2 – 6th grade
Wednesdays, 6:45-8pm (Sep 6 – Apr 2018)

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Looking for a safe and welcoming club for kids?

Kids enjoy fun with friends, playing organized gym games, singing, learning values, and earning awards. Dedicated volunteers invest in each child.

Kids participate in age-specific groups:

Practical support for your entire family

We offer adults practical video-and-conversation courses during Awana, beginning with a free meal that you can enjoy as a family*. The Alpha Course is a place to explore faith, ask questions, and share your point of view. Financial Peace U offers helpful teaching to gain financial freedom.  The Pre/Marriage Course is a date night for couples to invest in their relationship. Divorce Care offers support for those struggling with divorce or separation.

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Registration

Click to register your child (payment option included).  Registration is also always available onsite at Awana Club.

Supplies can picked up at:

Supplies Fee: $25

Generous people from Bloomingdale Church have enabled us to charge only $25 per child, which represents the physical materials (shirt, book, bag, awards) your child will receive. We budget for general program costs and supplement physical materials costs. We do not charge a general club registration fee.

We never want cost to prevent your child’s involvement:

Checking In & Checking Out at Awana Club

Bloomingdale Church does everything possible to prioritize the safety of kids, while making your check-in and check-out as efficient as possible.

Checking-In
Children can be checked-in between 6:15-6:45pm.  Puggles and Cubbies may enter their classroom starting at 6:25pm.  Sparks, T&T, and PAK can participate in a supervised open gym starting at 6:25pm.  Club officially begins at 6:45pm.

For your child’s safety, we require an adult to check their children in at the KidsQuest desk.
1) Child will receive name tag (with security code).
2) Adult will receive matching security code (to be used at check-out).

Checking-Out
Puggles (Nursery) and Cubbies (Children’s Theater) can be checked-out starting at 7:50pm.  Sparks (gym), T&T (Kids Quad), and PAK (Youth Quad) are to be checked-out at 8pm.

For your child’s safety, an adult with the child’s matching security label must pick up as follows:
1) Adult leader collects matching security label.  (Security label photo sent via smart phone accepted too)
2) Child exits with adult.

If security label is misplaced or a different designated adult is picking up, please stop by the KidsQuest check-in desk to receive security label:
1) Display your driver’s license/ID.
2) Adult’s name must appear as parent, emergency contact, or designated adult at check-in.

Questions?

If you have any questions, please call the church office at 630.894.0090 or email kids@bloomingdalechurch.org.


Hungry Hungry Humans?

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).


Welcome Chelsea (& Jarrod) – Middle School Director at Bloomingdale Church

By Daniel Riem on November 14, 2016

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?
Passionate.

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

Have You Met Helen, a KidsQuest Volunteer?

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.


Fun for All at KidsQuest Spring Fest

By Victoria Paul on May 3, 2016

On April 10, kids and families had a blast at Spring Fest 2016! It was all of the fun of a week at Bloomingdale Church’s Day Camp packed into one morning.

Families were invited to a free hot breakfast served in the Common Grounds to start the morning. Many parents stayed and mingled after their kids went to their events. The kids loved the carnival games and filled goodie bags with candy and prizes! They also enjoyed the crafts and a building-wide scavenger hunt, where they found all of the “lost sheep.” Kids and teens alike had a great time getting their faces painted at the carnival and making birdhouses in the craft room. With adult guidance, the Youth Group taught the children all about Jesus, the Good Shepherd, and the ways He cares for us, His “sheep.”

If you had fun at Spring Fest, you’ll love our annual Day Camp.  Join us for more music, games, fishing, and friends. We hope to see you there! Sign up to volunteer or to register your child online at bloomingdalechurch.org/daycamp.

Thank you to all of the devoted KidsQuest volunteers who make events like Spring Fest possible! Check out the Bloomingdale Church KidsQuest Facebook Page for more photos!

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