Happy Almost-Valentine’s Day! If you’re dreading what this holiday means for students, take a deep breath. We’re in this with you! Here’s what we’ve got coming up as we start talking about love and dating.

Here’s a few things coming up in our ministry . . .

ADD YOUR OWN DATES: RETREAT
This month, we’re planning a weekend retreat designed to help students connect with God and with their small group. Get the details on our website!

ADD YOUR OWN DATES: VOLUNTEER MEETING(S)
As we get back into the rhythm after the holidays, it’s almost time to learn and grow together at our next meeting of the year! We hope to see you there as we learn about [add your own topic(s)] together.

ADD YOUR OWN DATES: MISSION EXPERIENCE
This summer, we’re taking teenagers on a mission experience! If you’d like to join us, make sure you’re registered before the deadline.

MEANT TO BE: A 4-WEEK SERIES ON WISDOM
WEEK 1 BIG IDEA: STAYING CLOSE TO JESUS MAKES EVERY RELATIONSHIP BETTER

“We’re meant to be.” It’s how all of our favorite movies, songs, and books talk about love—as if the secret to an amazing relationship is a little bit of destiny, a whole bunch of feelings, and a tiny dash of magic. So it makes sense, when we observe the not-so-perfect, real-life relationships modeled by our friends, parents, and favorite celebrities, that we might start to wonder, “Wait—is that how relationships are meant to be?” In this 4-week series, you’ll give students a better lens for evaluating their current and future dating relationships as you help them see that the secret to a relationship that’s “meant to be” is to stay close to Jesus, date with purpose, know who you’re looking for, and keep sex in the right context.

DOWNLOAD THIS WEEK’S SMALL GROUP GUIDE

When a teenager gets vulnerable about their struggles or questions, it can be pretty scary! (For them and for you.) Being vulnerable takes guts. So next time a teenager says something that shocks you, try saying this in response: “Thank you so much for sharing that.”

If you’re subscribed to Grow Your Ministry, now would be a good time to attach 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’s your favorite way to spend time with God? Reply to this email and let us know! We’d love to hear from you.