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.  The mission – to help kids, teens, and families know Jesus.

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 Sunday 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
Second 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

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
Morgan L (and Mickey) – Children’s Director
Chelsea (and Jarrod) C – Middle School Director
Nate (and Anna) Kugel – Youth Pastor
Donna Freeman – Nursery Coordinator


Awana Kids Serving the Community – Fall Food Drive

By Morgan L on November 6, 2017

Each year, we hold the Awana Food Drive to restock the food pantry we have onsite to help people in need.  It’s a practical way to help kids learn what it means to give and serve others. Jesus modeled servant leadership and we hope that this event will encourage even the youngest Awana members to consider the needs of others.

Clubbers received (Nov 1) a plastic bag to fill with non-perishable food items and return the bag to Awana the following week (Nov 8). The church Deacons Team collect the bags and restocks the food pantry with the items for people in our community.


Youth Group: Holiday Volleyball Tournament

Dec 1 at Friday Night Coffeehouse is our annual ‘Holiday Tournament’ for 7-12th Grade.

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Where: 264.Coffeehouse at Bloomingdale Church
When: Friday, Dec 1 from 6:30-11pm

Event Schedule:
Doors open – 6:30pm
Brief special speaker & Tournament Rules – 7pm
Double-Elimination Tournament begins – 7:30pm

Note: Jr. High/High School tournament will be separate tournaments pending on number of total teams. Be aware if your team is mixed Jr. High and High School students.

Teams are to be 4-6 members.
– Got more than 6? Create a second team! (Students may NOT switch teams throughout the tournament–only one team per student.

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Students from all surrounding areas are welcome to invite students to participate.
Included by not limited to Glenbard North High School, Glenbard West High School, Glenbard East High School, Lake Park High School, Addison Trail High School, Marquardt Middle School, Westfield Middle School, Stratford Middle School, Roselle Middle School, and Jay Stream Middle School. 


Awana Bible Memorization Ideas

By Daniel Riem on October 22, 2017

A foundational aspect of Awana Club is to learn and apply God’s Word to life!

We’ve collected a list of ideas for helping children memorize the Bible:

  • Ask them to say the verses twice and ask them what the verse means
  • Ask them to read the verse to themselves 3 times before they practice with you
  • Sometimes it helps to sing the song or make up hand motions
  • Try breaking the verse into segments while memorizing
  • Write out the verse
  • Ask them to keep repeating it
  • Use 3×5 index cards and write a word or two on each card and then lay the verse out on the table word side up. Cards are flipped over to hide a word one card at a time, saying the verse one or two times each time a new card is flipped. Eventually all the cards are flipped over.