We know the holidays are a busy time for you and your family, so let’s get straight to the point. Here’s everything you need to know this week!

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

ADD YOUR OWN DATES: PIZZAPALOOZA
This month, 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: THE I’M DISTINCT CHALLENGE
The I’m Distinct challenge gives students the opportunity to reflect and discover their gifts by going through a workbook. Once they discovered or their gifts are affirmed, it is our hope they will use their gifts for the purpose of loving God and others.

ADD YOUR OWN DATES: VOLUNTEER CHRISTMAS PARTY
Let’s celebrate the holidays with a little fun, food, and friends! Come hang with us. There will be games, presents, and zero meetings.

Anthem Grow Curriculum

WITH YOU: A 4-WEEK SERIES ON FRIENDSHIP
WEEK 1 BIG IDEA: Be with people when they’re grieving.

SERIES OVERVIEW:

Being a good friend is easy! As long as you make time to hang out, remember their birthday, and answer their texts, you’re eligible for the Great Friend Award . . . right? Friendship might feel easy when life is easy, but it gets more complicated when your friends are hurting or struggling. What should you do? What should you say? What should you not say? When our friends need help, there are no easy answers, but in this 4-week series, we’ll follow the lead of a few people who’ve been there. Through the stories of Job, Ruth, Naomi, Elijah, and Eli, we’ll see how God invites us to “be with” people when they’re grieving, lonely, in need, or feeling hopeless, and how God is already with them.

DOWNLOAD THIS WEEK’S SMALL GROUP GUIDE

The ministry that we get to do is often highly rewarding and very fun (at least we think so!) However, sometimes this ministry can be difficult and in those moments our responses are highly important. The good news is that in tough situations you are never alone. There are strategies in place and a whole team here to help you and the teenagers you love whenever a situation becomes dangerous or scary.

If you’re subscribed to Grow Your Ministry, now would be a good time to attach Volunteer Tip Video #4 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!

We’re always trying to better understand what it’s like to raise a teenager. So whether you have a teenager living in your household or not, here’s what we’re wondering: what do you think is the best thing about raising teenagers, today? Reply to this email and let us know!