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.
Teens are finding what they are looking for at Bloomingdale Church’s Coffeehouse. Although the games, music, snacks, and the coffee are popular, they are not what brings students back every Friday night. Claire L (13, Glenbard East HS in Lombard) told us, “It’s like a family.”
Life is confusing, scary and lonely. Whether you are homeschooled or attending a large public school, junior high and high school are a particularly challenging time in development. No matter how solitary of a life you create for yourself, you have a natural need to fit in somewhere. Mark F (16, Glenbard North HS in Carol Stream) told us, “These people are going to care for you, care about you. They’re going to genuinely want to know what’s going on in your life and they’re going to pray for you. I don’t think there’s anything else like that.”
Why is Coffeehouse different? Because it was developed as a safe and welcoming community center—properly supervised by fun adults who care.
Grant P (16, Roselle) told us, “It’s pretty much like home, I can’t imagine life without it.”
All teens are encouraged to bring friends. No one is expected to be comfortable walking in alone, but we guarantee no one will be alone for long. Check us out.
*Quotes are from ACTUAL REAL LIVE TEENS from Bloomingdale Church. No teens were harmed or harassed in the writing of this story.
Our NextGen’s volunteers encourage students by being present when interacting with them. In a world where so many distractions are constantly vying for our attention, people feel cared for and listened to when we make an effort to keep off of our phones and look for opportunities to enter into meaningful conversations. This is exactly what our volunteers strive to do.
A few weeks ago at Friday Night Coffeehouse, Jose H, a first-time Coffeehouse visitor stopped in and Danny Muñoz was able to introduce him to Matt M. They found out that they share the same passion and favorite sport: basketball. A bunch of us ended up shooting some hoops for awhile and it was a blast. Everything that happened that night started with Matt being open, available, and actively reaching out to Jose.
We want all students to have the opportunity to be seen, heard, and cared for. It’s what Jesus would have us do, and that is our aim for others.
Interested in volunteering and finding a place to serve?
Small groups will look different this spring for our teens. We will hold one high school group (meeting at Nate and Anna’s upper grey house) and one junior high group (meeting at Chelsea and Jarrod’s lower brown house) on the church campus.
Our goal is to provide a natural place for our students to hang out with each other in a smaller group for games and group prayer. We hope to meet a need for individual spiritual attention that our students have been seeking.
Mar 4 – May 13 (excludes Easter Sunday)
A simple, common question of teens (and really every age group) is “WHY?” Some may believe that only kids ask “why” in an attempt to learn about the world around them, but truthfully no matter how old you are, that question always remains. WHY? Why… everything!?
At Youth Group on Sundays (SMYG), teens are encouraged to ask this same question of each other and the Bible. The extreme claims that the Bible makes about our existence causes a lot of “why” questions. We spend a half-hour each week (following a half-hour of songs and reflection time led by our students) dedicated to answering life’s “why’s” using the Bible as our guidebook to life.
Last week students wrote down some of their biggest, most pressing questions about life and the Christian faith and we are taking the next semester to answer as many as we can get to.
Do you know a teen who’s good at asking questions? Send them our way! Everyone is welcome.
Sunday Morning Youth Group – 9:45-10:45am – Youth Quad Room