It was a warm night at the end of May. Anticipation was rising as the kids were about to show up. Music pumping, crafts set out, check-in ready—all that’s left is to wait.
Finally, the kids started pouring in. A kid checked in, wrote a prayer request and put it in the jar, went into the room and got water or started doing a craft. As each student entered, I got to chat with them and hear about their latest adventures. After a while, we started some ice breaker games including the Name Game, where you get to hit each other (gently) with a noodle, and Never Have I Ever. Laughter filled the air!
It was a beautiful evening, so we moved the party outside. The kids competed in groups of four to see who could get be the first person to get 10 gummy bears out of the tin full of whipped cream. It was intense, to say the least! They all looked like cute, little Gibbon monkeys when they were done with white completely covering their faces! Next up, we blew up balloons and had the kids pair up. They got to cover their balloon with shaving cream and then had to race to shave it all off without popping the balloon. Only one team had their balloon pop. The night ended with a splash – water balloon toss! After all the playing, it was time to fill hungry bellies so we had snacks. We had a cereal bar where kids combined the most unthinkable of cereals. Wednesday nights have easily become my favorite night of the week!
If you are going into 5th or 6th grade, join us next time!
Wednesdays, 6:30-8pm, Jun 28, Jul 12, 26, Aug 9 – PAK Room
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 email@example.com.
A safe and welcoming place for your family. We hope you can join us.
SUMMER – KIDS & FAMILIES
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
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, Aug 6, 5:30-8:30pm
Families hanging out, playing lawn games, having a campfire. Bring your own meat
Wednesdays 6:30-8pm – July 12,19, 26
Families eat a home-cooked meal together. Kids enjoy their own supervised party, adults have real-life conversations about non-threatening questions
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
Free party for your entire family at Sunnyside Park (across street from church)
including food, music, water balloons, games, and 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
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/teens
FALL KICK OFF PARTY
Aug 20, 9:45am
Fall Sunday School is back, so let’s celebrate with music, games, crafts and prizes
Every Sunday 9:45am, beginning Aug 20
5th & 6th grade youth group developing friendships and applying Biblical truths to life.
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
Come to “A Taste of Awana” on Sep 6
High-energy game time, large group, and learning about the Bible
CROSSROADS KIDS CLUB
A free club, for children at DuJardin Elementary School, with snack, games, Bible lesson, and small group.
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
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
Bloomingdale Church loves being involved serving our community. Our volunteers provided a workforce at the Annual Bunny Bash and Easter Egg Hunt sponsored by the Lions Club and Bloomingdale Park District.
Kids received a balloon animal made just for them, got their faces painted, played in three different bouncy houses, and enjoyed a gourmet ice cream sundae (donated by Graham’s Fine Chocolates & Ice Cream) with lots of whipped cream and sprinkles. The Easter Bunny made an appearance and took pictures with the children as well. Thank you, Bloomingdale Park District for letting us participate with you and the Lions Club in the 2017 Bunny Bash.