Small Group Leader Update for Aug 23, 2017

DAD JOKE OF THE WEEK

"Why do chicken coops only have two doors? Because if they had four, they would be chicken sedans!"

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WEDNESDAY PREP

This week is the first round of establishing small groups! Hooray!
Once you've contained your excitement we have two links for your to view.

Link #1 - David Coutts explaining small group formation
This is a 5-minute video starring David. He's telling you how small groups will begin to form this week and what your role is in the process.

Link #2 - Small Group Sheets for this week
This is a PDF will small group questions for the week. We have pages for MS Girls, MS Boys, HS Girls, and HS Boys.

HERE IS THE FLOW FOR WEDNESDAY:

5:45 - Leader Meeting

  • We have free pizza and water for you in the Platte Room.
  • The leader meeting dismisses between 6:05-6:10.

6:15 - Huddle #1

  • Middle School Details
    • Each grade/gender is assigned a "Medium Group" space
    • There will be a point person for each grade/gender to explain the process for getting into small groups.
    • Students will pick a friend they want to be in small group with. Then that pair huddles with another pair. And then that group of four huddles with another group of four. The 8 students find a leader and that's the group!
    • We know the numbers won't always match perfectly to 8 in each group, but that's the goal.
    • After the groups are huddled with a leader, they can go to assigned small group meeting spaces around the building.
    • Each student completes a paper info sheet and turns it in to the small group leader.
    • Each leader will fill out a roster of the students who were in their group and provide any further notes/info for David.
  • High School Details
    • Go to The Den for Large Group
    • Sit in the appropriate section (by grade) with the students

7:05 - Transition Time

  • Middle School students are to go to the bathroom and then wait in the hallway for doors to open for Large Group
  • High School students will be dismissed from Large Group by grade/gender to go to medium/small group meeting spaces.

7:15 - Huddle #2

  • Middle School Details
    • Large Group in The Den
    • Sit in the appropriate section (by grade) with the students
  • High School Details
    • Some grades/genders will only have one small group. You're good to go in your meeting space.
    • Other grades/genders will have multiple groups. For these scenarios, there will be a point person to lead the process for splitting the groups and then going to small group meeting spaces.
    • Each student completes a paper info sheet and turns it in to the small group leader.
    • Each leader will fill out a roster of the students who were in their group and provide any further notes/info for David.

8:00 - End of Night

  • Turn in your small group info sheets to David with the LEADER SHEET ON TOP and the student sheets underneath.
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OTHER UPDATES

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 13 - MIDDLE SCHOOL NIGHT OUT
All Middle School students and small group leaders will go to Room 100 in the church building for a movie night! This is a great night of fun and a sweet opportunity for students to invite their friends.

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 20 - HIGH SCHOOL NIGHT OUT
All High School students and small group leaders will go to Room 100 in the church building for a movie night! This is a great night of fun and a sweet opportunity for students to invite their friends.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 22 - ONE-DAY TRAINING EXTRAVAGANZA
Orange (a leading force in Family Ministry) is hosting a 1-day event at Southeast! We would love for you to be there and will pay your way. Childcare is an option as well. Reply to this message if you'd like more info.

IT IS NOT TOO LATE TO INVITE A FRIEND TO SERVE 
There are many good natured people out there who would love the opportunity to serve, they are just waiting to be asked. If you know someone who would be a good small group leader, reach out to them. You can also let us know name/info and we'd be happy to reach out to them as well.

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YOU ARE A FANTASTICALLYSWEET PERSON!

We appreciate your partnership with Student Ministry. YOU are doing life-changing work.

Reply to this message if you need anything, cool?

Blessings and fist-bumps,

Ben

Small Group Leader Update for Aug. 16, 2017

DAD JOKE OF THE WEEK

Whenever the cashier at the grocery store asks my dad if he would like the milk in a bag he replies, "No, just leave it in the carton!"

WEDNESDAY PREP

This week we're having a NOOLARTY! That's just a made-up word for New School Year Party, hooray! We're going to have a celebration to bring in the new year. Here's the plan:

5:45 - DOORS OPEN

  • Students will begin arriving and it would be sweet if you're able to arrive around this time as well.
  • We will be serving FREE FOOD:
    Chick-Fil-A sandwiches, cotton candy, and snow cones. 
  • Activities planned include:
    Inflatables, 9-square, corn hole, Spikeball, conversations, and whatever else we come up with :)

7:10 - HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS TO DEN

  • High School Small Group Leaders: Join us in The Den for this time.
  • Middle School students and MS Small Group Leaders will stay outside to hang out and enjoy the activities.

7:40 - MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS TO DEN

  • Middle School Small Group Leaders: Join us in The Den for this time.
  • High School students and HS Small Group Leaders will be outside to hang out and enjoy the activities.

8:00 - END OF NIGHT

FINAL THOUGHTS FOR THE PARTY:

  1. Email David if you would like to sign-up to help out with serving food or assisting inflatables.
  2. Prepare yourself to have a fun night of interaction and conversation. Do what you do and look to reconnect with students and meet new students as well.

OTHER UPDATES

NEXT WEEK: WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 23, 2017
This is the first "regular" night of City Youth Group

  • Join us at 5:45 for the Leader Meeting in the Platte Room
  • We will have a tutorial in next week's email detailing how we will be dividing students into small groups.

IT IS NOT TOO LATE TO INVITE A FRIEND TO SERVE 
There are many good natured people out there who would love the opportunity to serve, they are just waiting to be asked. If you know someone who would be a good small group leader, reach out to them. You can also let us know name/info and we'd be happy to reach out to them as well.

YOU ARE A SUPERDUPER PERSON!

We appreciate your partnership with Student Ministry. YOU are doing life-changing work.

Reply to this message if you need anything, cool?

Blessings and fist-bumps,

Ben

Small Group Leader Update for May 24

A DOG GAVE BIRTH TO PUPPIES ON THE SIDE OF THE ROAD

and she was cited for littering.

INFO FOR WEDNESDAY

This is the final week of the school year, THANK YOU for serving as a small group leader. We will continue having youth group in The Den throughout the summer and you are invited to be there. We'll meet from 7-8 beginning June 7th.

During small group time, we'll have an ice cream social available for your group to enjoy. In large group, we'll have a time of open mic for students to share. It's fun when we get to experience this together.

We're looking forward to seeing you on Wednesday.

YOUR SMALL GROUP PREP IS RIGHT HERE, ONE CLICK AWAY

UPCOMING EVENTS

APPLICATION FOR SUMMER CAMP
Would you like to be a volunteer for Summer Camp? We would LOVE it!
 Begin by completing this brief application.

  • Middle School Summer Camp - June 26-30, 2017 in Estes Park
  • High School Summer Camp - July 10-16 in Los Angeles

8TH GRADE PROMOTION EVENT
8th grade Small Group Leaders,

You're invited to join us at Boondocks on June 1 from 6p-9p for a time to celebrate the 8th grade students and their transition to high school. Please RSVP to let us know if you're able to attend.

YOUTH GROUP SCHEDULE

  • May 24
    This is the final night of "regular" Youth Group for the school year. We appreciate your commitment through this date :)
  • May 31
    No Youth Group
  • June 7
    Summer! Our Summer Youth Group will meet on Wednesdays from 7-8. We won't have small group time on Wednesdays during the Summer. You can take the summer off or you can show up as much as you'd like.

FAMILY GRILL OUT AT BEN'S HOUSE
Your whole family is invited to a grill out at Ben's house in the evening on Friday, June 23. Mark the calendar and we'll have more details to come.

YOU ARE A BLESSING

And, HEY!!!
We want to feature YOU! For real, what you do is the key to our ministry and we want to share your story. We know it sounds a bit awkward but your story is worth sharing! Please CLICK THIS LINK to fill out a brief form and tell us a bit of your story. Be bold! Thanks!

We appreciate your partnership with Student Ministry. We cannot do this without you. Please let us know if there is anything we can do to support you.

Blessings and fist-bumps,

Ben

Small Group Leader Update for May 17, 2017

WHAT IS THE OPPOSITE OF A COLD FRONT?

A warm back.

INFO FOR WEDNESDAY

We have two weeks before the close of the school year, this is one of them so let's finish strong!

For these next two weeks, Micah 6:8 will be our focus. This is a FANTASTIC verse to have on our minds as we head into the summer. Johanna Spille will share how justice and mercy go hand in hand.

We're looking forward to seeing you on Wednesday.

YOUR SMALL GROUP PREP IS RIGHT HERE, ONE CLICK AWAY

UPCOMING EVENTS

APPLICATION FOR SUMMER CAMP
Would you like to be a volunteer for Summer Camp? We would LOVE it!
 Begin by completing this brief application.

  • Middle School Summer Camp - June 26-30, 2017 in Estes Park
  • High School Summer Camp - July 10-16 in Los Angeles

8TH GRADE PROMOTION EVENT
8th grade Small Group Leaders,

You're invited to join us at Boondocks on June 1 from 6p-9p for a time to celebrate the 8th grade students and their transition to high school. Please RSVP to let us know if you're able to attend.

YOUTH GROUP SCHEDULE

  • May 24
    This is the final night of "regular" Youth Group for the school year. We appreciate your commitment through this date :)
  • May 31
    No Youth Group
  • June 7
    Summer! Our Summer Youth Group will meet on Wednesdays from 7-8. We won't have small group time on Wednesdays during the Summer. You can take the summer off or you can show up as much as you'd like.

YOU ARE A BLESSING

And, HEY!!!
We want to feature YOU! For real, what you do is the key to our ministry and we want to share your story. We know it sounds a bit awkward but your story is worth sharing! Please CLICK THIS LINK to fill out a brief form and tell us a bit of your story. Be bold! Thanks!

We appreciate your partnership with Student Ministry. We cannot do this without you. Please let us know if there is anything we can do to support you.

Blessings and fist-bumps,

Ben

Small Group Leader Update for May 10, 2017

WHAT DID THE BABY CORN SAY TO THE MOMMA CORN?

Where is Pop Corn?

INFO FOR WEDNESDAY

Our Storytellers series wraps up this week and Ryan Owens will share his narrative with us. Join is in praying forRyan as we are excited for him to share!

Have you enjoyed this series? Learned anything new about your students? Anything you'd like to share? Reply to this email and let us know. Thanks!

YOUR SMALL GROUP PREP IS RIGHT HERE, ONE CLICK AWAY

UPCOMING EVENTS

APPLICATION FOR SUMMER CAMP
Would you like to be a volunteer for Summer Camp? We would LOVE it!
 Begin by completing this brief application.

  • Middle School Summer Camp - June 26-30, 2017 in Estes Park
  • High School Summer Camp - July 10-16 in Los Angeles

8TH GRADE PROMOTION EVENT
8th grade Small Group Leaders,

You're invited to join us at Boondocks on June 1 from 6p-9p for a time to celebrate the 8th grade students and their transition to high school. Please RSVP to let us know if you're able to attend.

YOUTH GROUP SCHEDULE

  • May 24
    This is the final night of "regular" Youth Group for the school year. We appreciate your commitment through this date :)
  • May 31
    No Youth Group
  • June 7
    Summer! Our Summer Youth Group will meet on Wednesdays from 7-8. We won't have small group time on Wednesdays during the Summer. You can take the summer off or you can show up as much as you'd like. 

PARENT & 5TH GRADE NIGHT NEXT WEEK!
Next week we’ve invited 5th grade students to experience a preview of youth group. We’re also inviting the parents of current youth group students. The schedule for the night will be “normal” for you, here is what will happen with the 5th graders and parents who attend:

6:15 - 5th Graders in Colorado Room, Parents in the Platte Room
7:00 - Parents and 5th graders transition to Large Group

YOU ARE A BLESSING

And, HEY!!!
We want to feature YOU! For real, what you do is the key to our ministry and we want to share your story. We know it sounds a bit awkward but your story is worth sharing! Please CLICK THIS LINK to fill out a brief form and tell us a bit of your story. Be bold! Thanks!

We appreciate your partnership with Student Ministry. We cannot do this without you. Please let us know if there is anything we can do to support you.

Blessings and fist-bumps,

Ben

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Small Group Leader Update for May 3, 2017

WHERE DO COWS GO ON THE WEEKEND?

To the moo-vies.

INFO FOR WEDNESDAY

Our Storytellers series continues this week and Samantha Reeser will share her narrative with us. Join is in praying for Samantha as we are excited for her  to share!

As we journey through this series, remember, we all have a story. Help the students reflect on their story and how God is at work in their lives.

YOUR SMALL GROUP PREP IS RIGHT HERE, ONE CLICK AWAY

UPCOMING EVENTS

APPLICATION FOR SUMMER CAMP
Would you like to be a volunteer for Summer Camp? We would LOVE it!
 Begin by completing this brief application.

  • Middle School Summer Camp - June 26-30, 2017 in Estes Park
  • High School Summer Camp - July 10-16 in Los Angeles

8TH GRADE PROMOTION EVENT
8th grade Small Group Leaders,

You're invited to join us at Boondocks on June 1 from 6p-9p for a time to celebrate the 8th grade students and their transition to high school. Please RSVP to let us know if you're able to attend.

YOUTH GROUP SCHEDULE

  • May 24
    This is the final night of "regular" Youth Group for the school year. We appreciate your commitment through this date :)
  • May 31
    No Youth Group
  • June 7
    Summer! Our Summer Youth Group will meet on Wednesdays from 7-8. We won't have small group time on Wednesdays during the Summer. You can take the summer off or you can show up as much as you'd like. 

YOU ARE A BLESSING

And, HEY!!!
We want to feature YOU! For real, what you do is the key to our ministry and we want to share your story. We know it sounds a bit awkward but your story is worth sharing! Please CLICK THIS LINK to fill out a brief form and tell us a bit of your story. Be bold! Thanks!

We appreciate your partnership with Student Ministry. We cannot do this without you. Please let us know if there is anything we can do to support you.

Blessings and fist-bumps,

Ben

Small Group Leader Update for Apr 26, 2017

WHY CANT YOU TRUST ATOMS?

They make up everything.

INFO FOR WEDNESDAY

Our Storytellers series continues this week and Dave Nagel will share his narrative with us. Dave is a 6th Grade Boys Small Group Leader and we are excited for him to share!

As we journey through this series, remember, we all have a story. Help the students reflect on their story and how God is at work in their lives.

YOUR SMALL GROUP PREP IS RIGHT HERE, ONE CLICK AWAY

UPCOMING EVENTS

APPLICATION FOR SUMMER CAMP
Would you like to be a volunteer for Summer Camp? We would LOVE it!
 Begin by completing this brief application.

  • Middle School Summer Camp - June 26-30, 2017 in Estes Park
  • High School Summer Camp - July 10-16 in Los Angeles

YOUTH GROUP SCHEDULE

  • May 24
    This is the final night of "regular" Youth Group for the school year. We appreciate your commitment through this date :)
  • May 31
    No Youth Group
  • June 7
    Summer! Our Summer Youth Group will meet on Wednesdays from 7-8. We won't have small group time on Wednesdays during the Summer. You can take the summer off or you can show up as much as you'd like. 

YOU ARE A BLESSING

And, HEY!!!
We want to feature YOU! For real, what you do is the key to our ministry and we want to share your story. We know it sounds a bit awkward but your story is worth sharing! Please CLICK THIS LINK to fill out a brief form and tell us a bit of your story. Be bold! Thanks!

We appreciate your partnership with Student Ministry. We cannot do this without you. Please let us know if there is anything we can do to support you.

Blessings and fist-bumps,

Ben

Small Group Leader Update for Apr 19, 2017

WHAT KIND OF KEYS CAN'T OPEN LOCKS?

Monkeys (or turkeys or donkeys).

INFO FOR WEDNESDAY

We will wrap up our teaching series, Things I Wish Jesus Never Said, this week. Brad Sutton is our teacher and he will lead us through Matthew 10:34-39, Jesus' words about losing life to find it. Join us in praying this message will help every one of us in a friendship with Jesus.

YOUR SMALL GROUP PREP IS RIGHT HERE, ONE CLICK AWAY

WEDNESDAY NIGHT SCHEDULE

5:45 - Doors Open
When you arrive, head to the Platte Room. Pizza will be waiting :)
***Note: The Platte Room is a new meeting location. Same hallway, first door on the right.

5:55 - Small Group Leader Huddle begins in Platte Room

6:15 - SPLIT #1

  • Middle School to Small Groups
  • High School to The Den for Large Group

7:05 - Transition Time

7:15 - SPLIT #2

  • Middle School to The Den for Large Group
  • High School to Small Groups

8:00 - End of night

  • Take your binder home with you :)
  • BUT! Be sure to return you attendance sheet.

UPCOMING EVENTS

WORTH IT: A MIDDLE SCHOOL GIRLS EXPERIENCE
WHEN: April 22, 2017 at 9a-2:30p
WHERE: The Den

Through active participation we will learn how to apply God’s truth about us in our daily routines and activities. We’ll look at how our value affects how we view ourselves, how we take care of ourselves inside and out and how that value affects our relationship with others. We’ll have special guests, worship, friends, fun and chances to let your creativity flow.

APPLICATION FOR SUMMER CAMP
Would you like to be a volunteer for Summer Camp? We would LOVE it!
 Begin by completing this brief application.

  • Middle School Summer Camp - June 26-30, 2017 in Estes Park
  • High School Summer Camp - July 10-16 in Los Angeles

YOU ARE A BLESSING

And, HEY!!!
We want to feature YOU! For real, what you do is the key to our ministry and we want to share your story. We know it sounds a bit awkward but your story is worth sharing! Please CLICK THIS LINK to fill out a brief form and tell us a bit of your story. Be bold! Thanks!

We appreciate your partnership with Student Ministry. We cannot do this without you. Please let us know if there is anything we can do to support you.

Blessings and fist-bumps,

Ben