College and Young Adult

Welcome to Bloomington! We love our college students and young adults and think they are a great addition to the Sherwood Oaks family. Whether you are a freshman away from home for the first time, a recent graduate ready to start a career, or a young adult already in the workforce, Bloomington is a great place to live, study and work.

Check out the following three areas we have for college and young adults.


God, Homosexuality, Scripture, and the Church

We are hosting a discussion for those interested in a conversation on the Church, the Christian faith and homosexuality.

Join us Sunday, March 29 at Sherwood Oaks for lunch after the third service and listen/participate in the conversation with us.

Please RSVP here: and use the comment section to submit your questions regarding this topic.

CS Lewis Reading Group

The C.S. Lewis Reading Group is not currently meeting. Stay tuned via our monthly e-letter for our next book discussion.

Got questions? Click .

Life Groups

What is a Life Group?

Life Groups are 10 to 14 people sharing life, caring for, growing, serving and studying God's word together.

Core Values:

Build Relationships

Relationships are important to Life Groups as Jesus demonstrated it as a priority in his life. Jesus spent a tremendous amount of time getting to know his disciples and followers in the common places of life.

Serve Others

Service should be about demonstrating God's love for others whether believer or not.

Grow Spiritually

Spiritual growth is important to Life Groups as it is a direct result of obeying Jesus' first, greatest commandment to us: to love the Lord our God with all our heart soul and mind.

Join a Life Group

Are you ready to join a group where friends become family through Bible study, fellowship, community service, prayer and experiencing life together?

Please fill out this form below to help us get you connected with the group that best fits your life stage. Or feel free to email   for more info or help on the next step.

Life Groups Interest Form

Lead a Life Group

Life Groups need strong leadership to help guide and grow this ministry. We set up training and support tools to help you develop as a leader. The Life Groups Core Team is also in place to provide support, coaching and advice to help you create a successful environment for your new Life Group.

Are you interested in taking the next step in leading a Life Group? Email   or call Steve Dyer 908.656.4076 for more info.

Young Professionals and 20 Somethings Group

If you're looking to meet, study, and serve with other young professionals or 20-somethings come and join us! We meet each Tuesday night and are currently studying I and II Peter.

For directions and times contact Joel at .


Life Coaching Network

Ths is a one on one conversation for college students looking for a listening ear and advice from an individual who is further down the road of life.  We do our best to connect gifts and experiences of our Coaches to the unique challenges and the paths each student is traveling. 

If you’re a student interested in meeting up with a life coach, click here.

If you’re an individual interested in coaching college students, click here.

Got questions? Click  .

Adopt a Student

We are a network of families and college students who have been paired up to share life together.  Our host families love the energy college students bring into their homes, while the students love experiencing family life as a break from campus life.  Families simply invite students into normal life events whether that is a meal, a ball game or anything else.  This network has brought much joy to both the families and students who have participated.

If you’re a student interested in joining a family, click here.

If you’re a family interested in hosting students, click here.

Got questions? Click  .

Serving and Experience

Experience Sherwood Oaks CYA/CSF 2015 Mission Teams

If you would like to donate money to an individuals account, please click here.

Below you'll find information on both trips. At the end of this page are links to either receive trip updates or to register.

Honduras – May 11-18, 2015

We will return to Tegucigalpa and join the work of Felipe and Valerie Colby and the staff of His Eyes Missions.  The mission is multifaceted with a medical clinic that offers medical, dental, optometry, and counseling in a very poor neighborhood on the outskirts of the city.  His Eyes also has 4 different satellite churches in rural areas where teams help with food and clothing distributions, and some agricultural work in coffee and avocado ‘fincas.’  A children’s program and local church by the mission center are also part of the mission team experience.

The team will stay at the mission house located on the compound by the clinic.  Bunk beds, showers, kitchen, and large meeting space is where the team will eat and sleep.  Day trips offer the team members opportunity to see the city and countryside.  Debrief sessions every evening help to process the experience and get to know each other well.  God has used the Honduras experience in many students lives to mold their hearts to share His compassion for the under resourced.

The cost of the Honduras project if $1350 including airfare, housing, food, transportation, and exit taxes.  Each traveler needs a current passport.  We recommend $100 cash for souvenirs and snacks.

Cambodia – May 11-23, 2015 (these dates could shift a day or two)

This is an educational and awareness trip hosted by Rapha House ministries in Phnom Penh, Siem Reap and Battambang.  Rapha House rescues victims of human trafficking to safe houses where they transition to free and productive lives.  The team will travel to these centers to interact with the clients and to learn about the rescue and transition process.  The team will also prepare devotionals/crafts with the girls in the safe houses, doing something fun with the kids at kids club (balloons and/or gum for 500 to 600 children) and devotionals with the staff in both safe houses. On Sundays we will participate and help lead children’s church.

The group will tour a few cultural sites like Toul Sleng and/or Killing Fields, Tuk-Tuk Tour and/or Bamboo Train, Angkor Wat and/or night market.

The cost for the Rapha House / Cambodia project is $2650 including all airfare, food, lodging, transportation and exit taxes.  A valid US Passport is necessary.  Visas are purchased in Cambodia.  Some vaccines may be necessary.

Are you interested?

If you would like to receive updates, but are not yet ready to register, please click here.

If you are ready to register for one of the trips, please click here.

Serve - Interfaith Winter Homeless Shelter

Sherwood Oaks will be partnering with several churches in the community to serve at the Interfaith Winter Homeless Shelter and has committed to filling volunteer positions the 2nd Thursday of each month, November 2014 thru March 2015. That’s just 5 Thursdays that we need volunteers.

The shelter will be at the First Christian Church on the corner of Kirkwood & Washington. There are 5 shifts that need to be filled:

  • Set-Up: 7:30pm-8:30pm This will be setting up the 50 mats & chairs, placing a pillow & blanket on each bed, and setting up the snacks.
  • 1st Shift: 8:15pm-midnight This will require checking in the guests, putting their belongings away in safe storage, showing them to their bed, snacks & lights out.
  • 2nd Shift: 11:45pm-3:30am This shift is pretty quiet, unless someone can’t sleep & they want to talk.
  • 3rd Shift: 3:15am-7:00am This shift will be quiet unless someone has to get up early to leave for work. Others could start to wake up.
  • Clean-Up: 7:00am-8:00am This will be taking sheets & blankets off & bagging up to go to laundry. Any dirty dishes will need to be put in the dishwasher. Sending guests on their way.

Volunteers need to be at least 18 years old. 

Sign up here.

Serve Hoosier Hills Food Bank

Hoosier Hills Food Bank – They are very short on volunteers this summer and in addition have added a new program so volunteers are in high demand there.  Contact Katy Haddad at .

Serve Habitat for Humanity

Sherwood Oaks partners with Habitat for Humanity to serve the Bloomington community. CLICK HERE for a list of volunteer opportunities.

Serve as a Childcare Volunteer - Newborn - PreK

Sunday Morning during Worship Services - times vary

Tuesday Morning - 9:00am-11:00am

Wednesday Evening - 6:30pm-7:30pm

Friday Morning - 9:15am-11:15am


Contact Kelly at   with questions or for more information.

Serve in Children's Ministry - Kindergarten - 4th Grade

(Nursery through 4th grade)

Whether it’s holding babies, or chasing kids around, great service opportunities await.  For more information on volunteering in the Childrens ministry click here.

To view more serving opportunities click here.

Serve in Student Ministry - Jr. High and High School

Student Ministry (Jr. High and High School)

If you are looking to lead, and invest in the lives of the next generation look no further than The Middle (6th-8th grade) and Catalyst (9th-12th grade) ministries. Submit your interest at the following link and John or Tyler will follow through with you on being part of the amazing Kingdom work going on with our teens in this community.

To volunteer, please click here.


Got questions? Click .


To learn more about our College and Young Adult Ministry, explore the dropdown boxes above. Contact or for more information.

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