Hey everyone! Happy August! Can you believe a new school year is almost here? You’re probably busy trying to enjoy the last few moments of summer, so we’ll keep this brief so you can get back to the beach.

Here are a few things coming up in our ministry . . .

ADD YOUR OWN DATES: MINI GOLF MAYHEM
This fall, we are planning a wacky miniature golf event for the whole family! Don’t miss out!

ADD YOUR OWN DATES: VOLUNTEER KICK-OFF
Our big volunteer Kick-Off is coming up quickly and we need you there! We’ll be hanging out, eating good food, and casting vision for the new school year. Don’t miss it! RSVP by the end of this week.

BRAVE: A 5-WEEK SERIES ON DAVID AND ESTHER
WEEK 1 BIG IDEA:  GOD KNOWS WHO I AM

SERIES OVERVIEW:

This month, we are talking about being brave! Bravery takes many shapes and forms. Kids are faced with challenges every day that require some level of bravery, such has having to step out of their comfort zones, sticking up for someone or something they believe in, or simply being comfortable with and confident of who they are. The Bible stories about David and Esther in this series may seem larger than life at first. How do I relate to someone who was able to take down a giant with a sling? How can I actually do anything when I don’t have any power or authority – both David and Esther were royals! But upon closer inspection, kids will come to realize that David and Esther had God’s help –a lot of it –along the way. Through these stories, kids can discover small ways they can exhibit bravery, because God knows who they are and God can use their gifts. They will also find that a form of bravery is to show others mercy. Their bravery will be put the test with challenges, but God can help overcome those difficulties, and they can rest assured that God has a plan for their lives!

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This week, be curious about the kids you lead. Ask questions. Don’t assume you know their intentions. When you ask for clarity, their answers may give you insight into where they are mentally, emotionally and spiritually, and will give you new opportunities to lean into some areas where they may need additional support from you. 

If you’re subscribed to Grow Your Ministry, now would be a good time to link to Volunteer Tip Video #7 from your Volunteer section.

 

At least once this month, choose a volunteer to celebrate. Add their picture and a few sentences about what makes them awesome!

What are you going to miss most about the summertime? Reply to this email and let us know!