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


Why My Favorite Teacher Would Be in Children’s Church

By Daniel Riem on October 16, 2017

If I were somewhere in the age of 3 to 6 years old, I would probably love going to Children’s Church.  As the NextGen Pastor, I’ve sat amongst the children and I too have been mesmerized by teachers, like Ms Denise (pictured below).  From her wealth of experience as a special education teacher in Glendale Heights, Ms Denise knows how to manage a classroom, making all children feel safe and loved.  She always brings out a picture of Jesus, reminding children that they are loved by Him.  In her classroom, we all are learners hearing the amazing stories of the Bible.


What Are We Learning in Awana? Oct 2017

By Morgan L on October 16, 2017

What are kids, age 2-6th grade learning at Awana Club? We are learning a lot about God:

  • Puggles and Cubbies have been learning about the days of creation. What a powerful and creative God we serve!
  • Sparks have been going through the Konnect series (a resource from Life.Church) about our identity in Christ. Check out the videos we use!
  • In T&T, kids are learning that God is Truth, God is All-Powerful, God is Everywhere, and God is All-Knowing.
  • PAK students are going through the Sermon on the Mount. They recently discussed what it means to be salt and light to the world.

Good News in a Public Elementary School

By Morgan L on October 3, 2017

At Crossroads Kids Club, children at a public elementary school in Bloomingdale are learning about Jesus! This is truly an awesome blessing and privilege – we thank God for this!

We’re having fun and praising God that we get to see children receive their first Bible and hear the Good News, some for the first time.  We pray that God would open the eyes of these children and their families, that they would see Jesus – the Way, and the Truth, and the Life.

Please join us in praying that God would clear a path for us to open up another club and share His name with more students in Bloomingdale, Illinois.

Find out more about Crossroads Kids Club: bloomingdalechurch.org/crossroads

What on earth are the kids at Crossroads Kids Club doing? They are branches, connected to the Vine, Jesus Christ!


What is Alpha Gather?

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)