BCYouth264 Newsletter

November | December

The festivities are coming!

We've been enjoying the crisp fall weather and the new beginnings and routines of the changing season. As the days shorten and the holidays approach, we are preparing our hearts for gratitude and generosity. As always, we want to share what's been going on and what's still to come in the BCYouth264 community (see schedule below).


Highlights: Looking Back

In early September, the Bible Binge Club concluded meeting and celebrated our completion of the challenge to read through the entire Bible over the summer. We were so encouraged by how many students took part and finished strong! We resumed our weekly meeting for Sunday Squad where we’ve been tracking along with the sermon series from the book of Matthew – “Jesus Then & Now” – and learning about how Jesus is relevant to us today. We also launched our new Student Leadership Team – a group of students who lean into their God-given strengths to make decisions impacting Youth Ministry – including planning special events (like DNow & the Fall Hoedown), and preparing the Youth Advent Series for Sunday Squad.

To show our appreciation for the ways that they protect and serve our community, and also to show that we have not forgotten the events that took place on September 11, 2001, our teens also put together and delivered care baskets for our local police and fire departments. The teens loved getting a tour of the police department and having a chance to ask the officers questions.  Also, at the end of September, Bloomingdale Church hosted F.A.N. Day – a community outreach event for our friends, acquaintances, and neighbors. We enjoyed barbecue – courtesy of “Holy Smokes” – painted faces, played games, watched the football game, and our teens hosted a dunk tank (which was definitely a hit)! 


In October, we’ve been able to lean into our partnership with Marquardt Middle School – by going into the school to facilitate leadership and team building activities, and to serve alongside their “Serving Society.” We’ve also been able to open our doors for their after-school intramural program. We love the chance to strengthen these community relationships! October has also marked the end of the fall season for many of our student athletes, so our adult volunteer team has taken every opportunity to attend their games and to support them. Another key highlight of the month was that our students had the chance to carve pumpkins at Youth Group, and to enter a friendly costume contest at Coffeehouse. So far, fall has been a blast!

As we look ahead, we're excited to continue learning, growing, and serving together as the BCYouth264 community.

Looking Ahead

Program Info, Service Opportunities, & Special Events

WEEKLY OPPORTUNITIES

-Coffeehouse – Fridays 7:30-11pm – a great place for high school students to meet other teens, experience fun and explore faith (hangout, open gym, games, & special events) – 8th graders are welcome January 2023

-Serve – Sundays 9-10am or 10-10:30am – teens have the opportunity to serve in the nursery or children's ministry

-Attend – Sundays 10:30am – teens have the opportunity to attend the worship service together

-Sunday Squad – Sundays 9-10am – spaces for teens in grades 7-8 and 9-12 to learn from Scripture and discuss how God's truths connect with their lives (we've been tracking along with the sermon series, but we're looking forward to our student-led Advent series)

-Youth Group – Sundays 6:30-8:30pm – a place for students to build relationships, worship together through music, discuss and explore relevant topics, and be consistently cared for by invested adults (6:30-7:30 – group game time and worship, 7:30-8:30 – distinct discussion and small group for grades 7-8 and 9-12)

OTHER DATES

Oct 28: Coffeehouse Costume Party

Nov 4-6: DNow – includes CLAY Worship Night 11/5

Nov 12: Fall Hoedown (4-7pm) – at 4N550 Anthony Ct., Wayne, IL, 60184

Nov 13: No Leader Meeting*

Nov 18: Coffeehouse Thanksgiving

Nov 18-20: Coffee Sales Pick Up (times TBA)

Nov 25: No Coffeehouse

Nov 27: OnMission Informational Meeting (9-9:30am) Youth Quad

Dec 11: Leader Appreciation (12-1pm)

Dec 16: Coffeehouse Christmas Party

Dec 18: YG Christmas Party

Dec 23-Jan 1: Christmas Break

Jan 6: Coffeehouse Resumes – 8th Graders Welcome!

Jan 8: Sunday Squad Kick Off

Jan 8: Youth Group Resumes

Jan 13: Final Payment for Winter Camp Due

Jan 15: OnMission Early Bird Registration Deadline

Jan 20-22: Winter Camp ("Arctic Blast")

Parents & Volunteers

If you'd like to help with any of the events mentioned above, or if you have any questions, please reach out to the Youth Staff at youth@bloomingdalechurch.org


We're here for you, and we're better together!

Wellness Protocol

-Following the example of the local schools, mask wearing is now an individual/parental decision.

-We seek to be a safe and welcoming place, which means that our standard for all volunteers and participants is to be mindful and respectful of others. We value and care for each other.

-(We will continue to review and adjust our policy in the future as needed.)

264 Glen Ellyn Rd. Bloomingdale, IL 60108

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