Hey parents! Happy August! Can you believe a new school year is already 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 THE DATE: Open House 
If you’re new to our ministry (or you just want to hang out with us for a few minutes) we’d love to see you at our Open House so we can introduce you and your teenager to our youth ministry! Get the details on our website.

ADD THE DATE: Fall Retreat 
We’re kicking off this school year with a weekend retreat designed to help your kid connect with God and with their small group. Get the details on our website!

A 4-WEEK SERIES ON FRIENDSHIP

You’ve probably had an experience or two that has taught you the power of a good friendship and the danger of a destructive one. This is never more true than during the teenage years, when teenagers are the most susceptible they’ll ever be to the influence of their peers. Teenagers, though, sometimes have difficulty seeing the way their friendships influence them. So, in this 4-week series, we’ll be discussing how to choose our friends wisely, exploring the qualities of a healthy friendship, encouraging students to build friendships with wise people, and helping them see Jesus as their best and truest friend.

Are you still not sure how Snapchat works? Has your teenager been saying words you can’t quite define? Do you want to know the scoop on that new movie your kid is begging you to see? Check out the Culture Translator Podcast from our friends at Axis Ideas. It’s designed with parents of teenagers in mind! You can even sign up for their weekly Culture Translator emails

We might be a youth ministry, but teenagers aren’t our only priority. We’d love to hear how we can better serve you and your family, too. So we’d love it if you’d complete a quick survey so we can learn from you. [Attach or link to the Annual Parent Survey.]