Happy October, team! Here’s your reminder from us to trick-or-TREAT yourself (maybe with an extra nap or your favorite snack), because you are the absolute greatest. Thanks again for serving with us this year.

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

ADD YOUR OWN DATES: PARENT & SMALL GROUP LEADER BREAKFAST
This month, we’re creating an opportunity for you to connect with your kid’s small group leader so you can better love, lead, and influence your teenager together. Don’t miss it! Get all the details on our website.

ADD YOUR OWN DATES: PIZZAPALOOZA
We are hosting the world’s best pizza party. You don’t want to miss this event. It is a pizza competition to see who can make the best pizza. There will be judges, prizes, and of course all the pizza! 

ADD YOUR OWN DATES: SMALL GROUP PARTY KITS
There is still time to host a party with your small group! Create your own party with your small group? What better combination? Pick for your small group or decide together what party kit you want to participate in. There are all different kinds of party kits for all the different kinds of students.

Anthem Grow Curriculum

I HAVE QUESTIONS: A 4-WEEK SERIES ON DOUBT & QUESTIONS
WEEK 1 BIG IDEA: When people are hurting, where is God?

SERIES OVERVIEW:

Let’s face it, life isn’t easy. In times of loss, grief, pain, or doubt, it’s normal to have questions — and it’s okay to ask them. If you’ve ever tried to make sense of your circumstances, or wished life didn’t have to hurt so much, or wondered why God won’t fix what you’re going through, you’re not alone. In this 4-week series, we’ll hear about a few people from Scripture who know exactly what it’s like. With Esther, David, Peter, Amos, and John, we’ll explore hard questions you thought you weren’t allowed to ask, like “When people are hurting, where is God? When I’m hurting, does God leave me? If God is good, why do bad things happen? And when life hurts, is God listening?

DOWNLOAD THIS WEEK’S SMALL GROUP GUIDE

You are the coolest person we know and we love that these teenagers get to hang out with someone as cool as you! Now, you may not feel trendy, smart, outgoing, athletic, or young enough for teenagers to think you’re cool, but the good news is  every single one of those things matters much less than we tend to think. You can be a crucial influence in a teenager’s life whether or not they ever call you cool.

If you’re subscribed to Grow Your Ministry, now would be a good time to attach Volunteer Tip Video #3 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!

Here’s a question: How have you found success connecting with families of teenagers in our ministry so far this year? Reply to this email and let us know.