Affirming your graduates works on several levels: your other youth learn a lesson on serving, your church members get a peak into your ministry and it creates unforgettable memories your grads will treasure. Why not try something new? Or you can do what’s been done since Jesus graduated: serve a big cake after church (note the sarcasm).
GRAD CARE CARDS: Put each grad’s name on their own 6×9 or 10×13 envelope. Display all the grad envelopes for 2-3 weeks on a wall with note writing supplies nearby. Have church members write notes of affirmation to put in each envelope. No peeking for the Grads till the advertised “take down” day.
GRAD SERVICE PROJECT: Serve your grads by offering them a “post graduation robe cleaning” service. Take plain white dress boxes and let your members decorate one for each grad. Wash each grad robe after use to pack away in the memory box and deliver back to the grad!
PROJECT GRAD RUNWAY: Make a fashion runway from a newsprint roll or carpets samples. Have your adult volunteers, church leaders and parents present a fashion show dressed in outfits or grad robes from their senior year. Play prom music from their past and make them work the runway for the entire youth group!
COLLEGE SURVIVAL KIT: Have your students create a “College Survival Kit” by decorating a shoebox for each grad. Fill them with items like Twizzlers, extra batteries, good ol’ #2 pencils, stamped pre-addressed notes, blank flash drives, itunes gift cards, etc.
GRAD CARS: While your grads are occupied at church, decorate their cars. Provide balloons, tin cans, streamers, and bar soap for writing messages & scriptures.
7-DAYS OF SCRIPTURE: Email each grad a daily Scripture to encourage them during the last week of high school and the first week of college. Fancy it up with pictures and wallpaper.
NEXT YEAR’S GRAD’S: Tap the parents of your juniors to help with this year’s graduation plans. They’ll want to “pay it forward” so cool stuff happens next year for their grad.
GRAD BRUNCH ON GRAD SUNDAY: Church leaders host a Sunday breakfast for grads and their families. It’s a great way to get un-churched parents through your door.
AREA GRAD NIGHT: Work with other church youth pastors to host a grad party. A church with a gym would be great, serve food, show movies, have a band, the works!