A safe and welcoming place for 7th-12th grade students to develop friendships, be mentored, and discover faith.
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)
Do you want a place where you can hang out with your friends and meet kids from different schools? Are you into playing sports or playing board games? Do you just want a place to hang out on Friday night after a long week? If that sounds good, come to Friday Night Coffeehouse – a place where you will always be welcome, can hang out with friends and make some new friends too.
Hang out, student-led worship and teaching
What would it look like to attend a group in which is lead by students? Listen to the teen band playing contemporary worship songs, the interactive Bible discussions, the active learning exercises. Join us at Sunday Morning Youth Group, Sundays at 9:45 in the youth quad.
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
Need a chance to unwind and hang out with friends? Small groups are a loose hangout where we discuss the practical applications of the Bible together. Small Groups are 8-10 weeks in the spring and fall. Bridge Groups meet during the summer as a fun social group that helps teens make a natural transition.
Youth Alpha is a non-confrontational party to ask anything about life and faith
It’s a Friday night teen party. It’s free food. It’s new people to meet that don’t judge. It’s a chill space to to talk about life, faith, & God. It’s 7-12th grade. It’s Youth Alpha @264coffeehouse
THE MENTORING PROJECT
Inspiring men and women to become relational mentors to local youth
One-year commitment, meet at least twice a month
“I like the mentoring program because I have someone I can go to and talk to about anything.” (Jay, mentee). Details and sign up at mentor.bloomingdalechurch.org.
A semi-monthly serving project for our community alongside our peers, family or mentor
Supervised practical training for the onMission lifestyle
Second-semester 8th-12th grade students
Fall or Spring semester
Students who want to make the youth group even better for their peers sign up for a semester commitment of being a Student Intern. Under the leadership of one of the Youth Staff, attend bi-weekly meetings to plan and delegate tasks. Receive personal coaching in the faith journey.
Giving students the needed change of pace in order to connect with Christ. Retreats and trips assist students know what following Christ looks like
Winter Camp (February), TeamUp Retreat (August), DiscipleNow (November), onMission/Life (summer)
Sometimes it takes just getting away for a student to remove the distractions to notice God working in their lives. We offer quarterly retreats and onMission trips to give students the opportunity to take this time to serve God and get to know peers.
We believe that a teenager’s parent/guardian is the most important influence in their life and so want to do our best to encourage them.
STUDENT INTERNSHIP FALL SEMESTER
Sep 17 – Applications due
Fill out Intern Application at www.intern.storiesof.us
Every other week team meetings for 9-12th grade students with youth staff for event planning and leadership training – Quarterly Development Day Mon Oct 9 (Columbus Day)
PARENT’S OF YOUTH MEETING
Sept 8 (6:30-7:30pm) & Sept 10 (9:30-10:45am)
Invite a fellow parent to join you in the Youth Quad Room
Meet fellow parents, get the inside scoop on Youth Group, and learn how to prepare for our next summer trip.
SEE YOU AT THE POLE
Wed Sep 27, 7-7:45am (pending school hours)
Invite a school friend to join you at your school’s flag pole to pray
Annual nationwide campaign for Christian teens to pray for your school, town, and country.
September 30 – 4:30-8:30pm
Sign up at www.storiesof.us/offsite
Pizza, football, pumpkin carving, and a large bonfire. Ray & Luanne W.’s – 36W669 Foxborough Rd, St. Charles
DISCIPLENOW RETREAT/CRASH WORSHIP NIGHT
November 3-5–Fri 6:30pm – Sun Noon.
Sign up by Oct 30 at www.storiesof.us/offsite.
Weekend in-house retreat focusing on our personal relationship with God and each other; culminating on Saturday worship night with local C&MA Youth Groups.
Sundays 6:30-8pm — September 10-October 29.
Students hanging out in youth leader & family homes discussing the Psalms
7-8th Guys: Jon Volland’s House – 849 Winterwood, Roselle
7-8th Girls: Emma Tate’s House – 1199 Westward Tr., Carol Stream
9-10th: Jeremy Hynes’ House – 267 Winston Lane, Bloomingdale
11-12th: Clare Stephen’s House – 2N525 Euclid Ave, Glen Ellyn
FRIDAY NIGHT COFFEEHOUSE
Every Friday (except Nov 24, Dec 22, Dec 29)
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
SUNDAY MORNING YOUTH GROUP
A weekly space to come together to grow in our understanding of God’s Word and how it must be transforming our lives, including interactive worship experiences and student-led teaching
Sept 8 – SMYG Kickoff; Sept 3 & Nov 26 – All-church Baptism; Nov 5 – Join DiscipleNow Retreat
Youth Alpha is a unique time for Friday Night Coffeehouse. There is a party each week with food, games, laughter, and music. Alpha is also a place where students may freely explore questions of life and faith in a non-judgmental way.
- 60-75 in attendance each week
- Bubbleball battles
- Free Youth Alpha t-shirt for all who attend
- Meaningful table discussions
- 16 new guests since March 10
- Students exploring faith in Jesus
As we enter week 5 of 10, here is a cool story that embodies what Friday Night Coffeehouse and Youth Alpha are all about.
Omar Z, a sophomore from Glenbard East HS in Lombard, visited us for the first time on March 10 and has not missed a Friday yet. When I asked him why he attends, his answer was, “I feel like I belong here. People talk to me and have been really open with me. They also have answered my questions about faith. Volunteers have had conversations with me and I can tell they care. Other students had talks with me too, even though I was a stranger to them. I used to be depressed and hurt, but ever since I gave my life to Jesus, I have seen how His people can be loving and kind – like He is.”
We hope to have more stories of students like Omar. Stories of students transformed not only by our living God but by the love and fellowship offered by the church community.
Join us for Youth Alpha @ Coffeehouse on Friday nights from 6:30-11:00p (High School) and 6:30-9:30p (JR High).
Who is Youth Alpha for?
Short answer: Everyone.
As a Youth Ministry, we have identified three target audiences of people who come to Youth Alpha. 1) Students who only attend Coffeehouse. 2) Friends of students who are not connected to the Youth Group. 3) Students who are active attenders of Bloomingdale Church.
The bottom line: All students, regardless of background, are welcome to participate. We hope that students will come, bring their friends, be connected to the youth group, and engage with the topics of Youth Alpha.
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.
Jesus reminds his followers that he “did not come to be served, but to serve and give his life as a ransom for many.” (Mark 10:45)
Part of what it means to be a follower of Jesus Christ is to serve others out of a conviction to be like Jesus that is rooted in Christ’s love for us. Our students will have an opportunity to serve in Santiago de Los Caballeros, Dominican Republic this July.
We will be aiding the National Alliance Church in building a national youth center for camps, conferences, retreats and other national Alliance Youth events. We will also be partnering with Envision Dominican Republic (DR), an Alliance organization devoted to making Jesus known to others through filling practical needs and working alongside local churches in their communities.
One of the unique aspects of our trip will be going into the city in groups, each with a translator, two members of the Envision DR team, and a member of the local church. These partners will be working with us in order to meet the locals, hear their stories and help us share ours. In this way, we will be immersing ourselves in the culture and offer us the chance to have meaningful conversations about faith and life.
See the following link for information about Envision DR: http://www.weareenvision.com/dominican-republic
Students will also be posting about their experiences in DR by blogging at: http://storiesof.us/programs/onmissiontrip/