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.
Our fall class will meet in room 362 at Sherwood Oaks Christian Church from 11:00am-12:00pm this Sunday!
We'll study The N Commandments series from Andy Stanley: Jesus commanded his followers not to do a few things. But his "not" commandments were so extreme his followers were tempted not to even try. And then, Jesus rose from the dead and everything changed.
Are you a worn-out woman?
We’re digging in to Beth Moore’s new study titled “Breath” each Wednesday evening.
Meet in room 362 weekly at 6:30pm.
Feel free to contact Gretchen with any questions at .
A Summer Reading Group will continue this fall! We meet each Monday evening at The Pourhouse Cafe at 6:00pm. Anyone interested can contact Hayley at .
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Our young professionals and 20-somethings groups focus their studies on practical Bible application through Q&A and open discussion over each week’s scripture. If you’re a young professional or student and you’re looking for some new friends and Christian fellowship, we’d love to meet you! We currently have three small groups; see below for meeting times and leader contact info. Just choose which group works best for you and contact the leader for directions:
Sunday, 12:30pm: Michael ( ) and Alyssa ( )
Tuesday, 7:00pm: Sam ( )
Wednesday, 7:15pm: Joel ( )
What is a Life Group?
Life Groups are 10 to 14 people sharing life, caring for, growing, serving and studying God's word together.
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.
Service should be about demonstrating God's love for others whether believer or not.
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.
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.
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 .
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
It’s never too soon to start thinking about 2016 Missions trips! Our college age students have an opportunity to raise some money to go toward a future mission trip.
Here’s how it works:
Overview: Those who serve at a Parents’ Night Out (PNO) will receive $50 that will go directly into their own personal “missions account. All the donations received during the event will be equally divided among those who serve, and it will be deposited directly into their accounts.
Registration: The deadline for registrations will be 8 days before the day of the event. Email Cheryl at to register.
Times: The PNO lasts from 5:30pm-8:30pm. Leaders need to arrive at 4:30pm to attend a brief training. They also need to stay until approximately 8:45pm to help clean up.
PNO Dates for 2015-2016:
August 28, 2015
December 11, 2015
February 12, 2016
Job Description: The primary role of all the leaders at the PNO is to provide a fun, safe environment for the kids while guiding them from one activity to another. To achieve this goal, it is imperative that all leaders do the following:
- Interact with the kids as much as possible, encouraging them to be independent, respectful and appropriate.
- Address behaviors, praising good behavior and using age-appropriate “breaks” or withdrawals from activities for inappropriate or disrespectful behavior.
- Check the children’s name tags to be aware of allergy information.
- Never leave a child unattended.
- Never be alone with a child.
- When escorting a child to the bathroom, stand in the hall and leave the door open.
- Tidy your area before leaving.
- During check-out, only allow children to leave with the person who has a security tag with the number that matches the number on the child’s name tag.
- If you have any questions or concerns, ask someone on the Children’s Ministry staff.
If you would like to sign up to volunteer at one (or all) of the PNO's or you have any questions, please email Cheryl at
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 .
Sherwood Oaks partners with Habitat for Humanity to serve the Bloomington community. CLICK HERE for a list of volunteer opportunities.
Looking for service credits, experience, a recommendation for your future job, volunteer work with children to go on your resume? We'd love to have you join the volunteer children's program team for mom2mom.
Each Friday morning starting September 11 from 9:15-11:15am we need lots of volunteers to play with and care for kids from the ages of 2 months-5 years. It's FUN and there are also perks along the way for your work--food and encouragement!
The group meets at Sherwood Oaks Christian Church at 2700 E Rogers Rd (but don't let transportation be your problem--let us know if that is holding you back!). There is no outside prep and the dates work around the university schedule/breaks.
For more information, email To apply, contact Stephen Figert at and let him know you'd like to help with the Friday morning mom2mom children's program team.
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.