A safe and welcoming place for 7th-12th grade students to develop friendships, be mentored, and discover faith.

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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.

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Hang out, student-led worship and teaching
7th-12th grade
Sundays, 9:30ish-10:45am

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.

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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.

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Youth Alpha is a non-confrontational party to ask anything about life and faith
7th-12th grade
Fridays, 6:30-9:30pm

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

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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
7th-12th grade
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.


Youth 2018 Winter Dodgeball Tournament

Jan 12 at Friday Night Coffeehouse is our Winter Dodgeball Tournament’ for 7-12th Grade.

Click Here to sign-up YOUR TEAM >>

Where: 264.Coffeehouse at Bloomingdale Church
When: Friday, Jan 12 from 7-11pm

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. 


20th Anniversary Winter Banquet

By Nate Kugel on December 19, 2017

Take a journey through the best sitcoms of the last 50 years and come dine at the 20th Anniversary Winter Banquet. On February 23 or 24, you are invited to enjoy a delicious, catered dinner with entertainment provided by our Youth Group. This is a fundraiser to support our students in serving on their summer missions trip, or attendance on spiritual retreats throughout the year.

Ticket costs are $15. Tickets will be sold online and throughout February in the ‘North Lobby’ before and after the weekend services. Childcare provided.

We hope you and your friends will come claim a table to a night of good food and funky entertainment in support of our teens. Email youth@bloomingdalechurch.org with any questions you may have.
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Winter Camp 2018

Youth Group Retreat at Lake Geneva Youth Camp for group discussions, a spiritual retreat and winter activities.

This year we are joining Lombard Bible Church and traveling up to Lake Geneva Youth Camp, a beautiful Bible camp of off Lake Geneva, WI. Students can anticipate snow-tubing and broomball, as well as other indoor gym games for the daily activities. These will be supplemented with four worship sessions and opportunities for students to respond to thoughts brought up by our guest speaker.
Whether it’s the travel, the inspiring discussions, or the invigorating activities, students annually appreciate Winter Camp for it’s reflection and break from their normal weekly activities.

We will meet together at 4:30pm to leave on Friday, and return to church by 2:30pm Sunday afternoon.

January 19-21- Cost $135
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What was the DiscipleNow Youth Retreat like?

By Nate Kugel on November 18, 2017

I figure, that’s probably why students get on such high spiritual highs when they go on retreats and missions trips, because while they are there they encountered Jesus… but then they get home and their phones and video games consume them…”  – Aaron L (weekend speaker)

What would happen if we took the commands of Jesus seriously, y’all…? I mean praying like we really believed something would happen. It would change the world… change the world.
– Roxanne E (weekend speaker)

These were some of the many challenges that our students were given over the weekend of DiscipleNow. Our speakers focused on 5 core practices of the Christian faith: kingdom focused prayer, proclaiming the gospel, being with the ‘least of these’, reconciliation, and being mutually submitted to each other.  Students also played a brand new game called 9-Square (similar to the classic 4-square), served the church through cleaning projects, and worshiped with other Alliance Youth Groups at CRASH 2017. 

DiscipleNow is our annual in-house retreat where students stay at church member’s homes together, discuss faith topics, and hear from guest speakers–all while playing crazy games and having good food.

If you or your student missed out on DiscipleNow 2017, our youth group has upcoming events for them to get involved in. (i.e. Winter Camp and our weekly Friday Night Coffeehouse)

Email: youth@bloomingdalechurch.org for more information on all things 7-12th grade at Bloomingdale Church.