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


Day Camp 2017 – Tuesday

By Stuart G on June 14, 2017

Welcome to Day Camp 2017!  Let’s join 2nd grader Lucy on her first day at Friendship National Park:

Lucy was greeted with the smiling faces of counselors, teachers, and fellow hikers. Upon entering her classroom, the “Beaver Lodge,” she began to learn her Bible verse for the week: to love God with her whole being and to love her neighbor as herself (Mark 12:30-31). She soon joined all of her fellow hikers at “King’s Mountain” where she sang songs like “The Jesus Chant” and “Good Good Father.”  Lucy learned how God is the best friend she could ever have, and how she could be a good friend by showing love to others! After hiking back down King’s Mountain, she was not only able to hear stories of God’s love with hikers in her grade, but also played games like “zombie cow tag.” After a refreshing snack time, she joined her fellow hikers in decorating tie-dyed t-shirts, and returned to the Beaver Lodge where she did more fun activities with her friends. She can’t wait to come back tomorrow and visit “Tadpole and Caterpillar Marsh”!

Take Home
Your child received a take home that they can complete and bring back for points.  Just in case it did not make it home, click to open Tuesday’s Take Home

Tuesday’s Program


DuPage OnMission – Westmont

Jesus referenced acts of kindness this way, “I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me!” In other words, serving and being present with all people is essentially serving Jesus personally.

That’s our goal this summer in Westmont, Illinois at Peace of Christ Church. We will be doing practical things like assisting in updating their gathering building, as well as helping the food program with People’s Resource Center of Westmont. Finally, we will be trained in how to recognize needs for incoming refugees with the World Relief Organization and tentatively provide for any needs available the week we are present.

You can help!
Please pray for good weather and clear minds assisting in our goal of being present with all the people we meet. Pray for each student and leader by name: Ismael C, Jeremy P, Daniel V, Sebastian O, Graham P, Nate K, Grant P, Noah B, Luke O, Josh M, Chelsea C, Heather M, Sydney W, Giana S, Adaani S, and Anna K.


Party with the PAK

By Chelsea C on June 8, 2017

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


Youth Events – Summer 2017

Going into 7th-12th grade in 2017-18?  

SUMMER 2017

COFFEEHOUSE
A safe and welcoming youth community center every Friday Night
7th & 8th grade: 6:30-9:30pm (must be picked up by 10pm)
9th-12th grade: 6:30-11pm (must be picked up by 11:30pm)
Open every Friday except Jun 16, Jul 14, Aug 4. (Backyard Bash – Jun 16, Party in the Park – Aug 4)

SUNDAY MORNING YOUTH GROUP
Breakfast snacks & “Bible in 90 Days” Series – creative discussion based on compelling Bible verses
Sundays, 9:30ish-10:45am

BRIDGE GROUPS

  • 7-8th Grade – Wednesdays, 6:30-8:30pm @ Jarrod & Chelsea’s (258 Brown House, lower level) on Jun 7, 21; Jul 5, 19; Aug 2
  • 9-10th Grade – Mondays, 6:30-8:30pm @ Ana T’s (120-B Brewster Ct, B’dale) on Jun 5, 19; Jul 17, 31
  • 11-12th Grade – Sundays, 7-8:30pm @ Nate & Anna’s (256 Gray House, upper level) on May 28; Jun 11, 25; July 9, 23; Aug 6

Hang out with friends, play some backyard games, and get into the theme nights. It’s a low-key summer thing. (Grade based on 2017-18 school year.)

SERVING & COMMUNITY EVENTS

DAY CAMP
June 12-16
Serve K-5th grade kids through dancing, singing, assisting in a class, and helping them know Jesus. Sign up: bloomingdalechurch.org/daycamp

BACKYARD BASH
Fri Jun 16, 6:30-9:30pm – Daniel & Amy Riem’s (145 S Circle Ave, B’dale)
Enjoy a summer night, yummy food, and backyard games and bonfire.

WATER DAY & STREET HOCKEY 
Wed Jul 26, 1-4pm – Stephens’ home (5N525 Euclid Ave, Glen Ellyn)
A relaxing game day of street hockey, swimming, water games and s’mores.

PARTY IN THE PARK
Fri Aug 4
A free party at Sunnyside Park (across street from church) including food, music, sports tourneys, and “Gagaball.” Come at 4:15pm if you can help set up.

FEED MY STARVING CHILDREN & OUTDOOR MOVIE NIGHT
Sat Aug 12, 4-10pm
Help pack meals for people who need our help. Meet at the church at 4pm. After FMSC, stay for an outdoor movie night on the church campus. Pickup at 10pm.

SUMMER – FOR THE FAM

SUMMER SUNDAY NIGHT COOKOUTS
Jun 4, Jul 2, Aug 6, 5:30-8:30pm
Lawn games (bocce, bags, volleyball). Campfire. You bring a side and/or something to put on the grill and we’ll grill it. Drinks and lawn games provided. All are welcome.

FRIENDSHIP PARTIES
Wednesdays 6:30-8pm – Jul 12, 19, 26
Families eat a home-cooked meal together. Kids enjoy their own supervised party, while adults enjoy real-life conversations to non-threatening questions

PAK PARTIES
Wednesdays 6:30-8pm – May 17, 31, Jun 28, Jul 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
A free party for your entire family at Sunnyside Park (across street from church) including food, music, sports tourneys, and “Gagaball.”

For complete list of kids and family events, go to bloomingdalechurch.org/kids