OK, so I was radio silent for a bit because I got hit with a major flu and am I thankful to God! I mean, because Â it happened while I was home for 8 days and not while on the road. God cares about us so much that He even watches outÂ for the little things. It was so much better, declaring myÂ impending death while wheezing/sneezing from my own petri dish bed than in a strange hotel somewhere, under the pressure of someone having paid me to present my infectious self.
Speaking of dropping out…we’ve all got grads in our lives that didn’t so. So before my quarantine, I said I’d be posting my grad ideas. Here’s the next round:
1) GRAD PILLOW: Youth members write notes of encouragement on a pillowcase for each grad. Present the pillowcase (with pillow!) to each grad for sweet college dreams.
2) GRAD MORNING COFFEE CAKE: Using ready-made mixes, have your youth bake a coffee cakeÂ for each grad. Deliver it to their door early on Grad day with a note: â€œTo start your big day off right.â€
3) GRADUATION CHRISTMAS ORNAMENT: Jump start each gradâ€™s personal Christmas ornament collection by having your group make â€œ2006 Gradâ€ ornaments. Provide plain ornaments, paint pens, sequins, ribbons, etc., or customize each ornament with computer-generated clear labels.
4) GRAD THEATER: Put your media techies to work! Shoot secret footage of each grad or get family videos and make a short movie. Beg a local theater owner into showing the film during an off time and invite your church. Offer the theater owner free advertising in church publications or guarantee lots of snack sales.
5) GRAD PARENTS: Ask parents of past graduates to share grad ideas with this yearâ€™s parents. Topics could include party ideas, available decorations, ways to support their grad, tips for getting past â€œempty nestâ€ syndrome, etc.
More to come, my friends. Â A fellow Youth Ministry Architects consultant just published a new book for grads and so I’m going to send you the link and review as soon as I get it.