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.
DiscipleNow is a weekend retreat for 7-12th grade students to hear special speakers, spend extra time with peers, and reflect on their “relationship with God” status. DNow’17 highlights include guest speakers from Peace of Christ Church (Westmont, IL), receiving a Youth Group beanie, spending two nights with their peers at a host home, discussing the Bible, worshipping with other local youth groups at “Crash”, and serving our church community
Fri-Sun, Nov 3-5
Click Here to sign-up for this unique weekend
The $40 cost for the weekend covers food, activities, and giveaways.
I was having a conversation with a student before Coffeehouse about why he likes to come every week. He began to tell me how he likes to hang out with his friends and it’s good for him, because he is kind of religious but not really religious. I asked what he meant by that. He went on to explain how he wears a cross necklace and believes in God, but he doesn’t want it to take over his life. He still wants to do what he wants and not have to try to convert everybody. I gently pressed further, “What are you scared to give up? What do you think would change?”
That’s true. When you decide to follow Jesus and be all in, it changes everything.
We have a lot of students that show up each week who hold this opinion: I go to church, because it’s a good, religious thing to do. It makes me feel good about myself. But I don’t want to be super religious, I just want to live my life the way I want.
I don’t consider myself a “super religious” person, but I do have a relationship with Christ. He is my everything and it affects all that I say and do. There is a difference, because “super religious” carries this connotation of rule following, Bible bashing, in your face “I’m better than you” spirituality. On the other hand, a relationship with Christ gives the impression that it is real, personal, growing, changing and is two-sided. It’s all about how we view faith. Is it simply a set of rules to follow to get into heaven? Or is it about becoming more like Christ and sharing that with others?
Coffeehouse is a place where students can have fun and find community, and its also a place to hear about Jesus each week. As leaders, we have the chance to demonstrate what it means to be in relationship with Christ week in and week out to our students. This is reflected in the way we talk, the way we respond and the way we care. The goal is not to make a bunch of super religious teenagers, but to teach and show them what it means to live in relationship with God. My hope and prayer is that students will see that completely giving their life to Christ is worth it.
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
“We accomplished so much this week and learned a lot that I will be able to take with me for the rest of my life.” (Jeremy P. — 2017 Lake Park High School Graduate)
While Jeremy pointed out the high level of activity, this week was evidently meaning full for each one of our students, the community members of Peace of Christ Church, welcomed us warmly and served us too. From housing our team and providing dinner for us every night, each day a member of the community would come lead our group in a discussion based on the 7 practices at the core of their church.
“I’m thankful for the Westmont community and I am sad that we’re leaving because we’ve made relationships with a lot of the people we met this week.” (Heather M.– 2017 Lake Park High School Graduate)