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by Stephanie Caro

GRAD COFFEE HOUSE: Get a band, grab the couches, light the candles and hit “brew!” Give your grads a cool (and safe) place to be on grad night. Have college ministry adults help chaperone.

GRAD GARDEN: Each year’s grad class plants a tree, bush, or flowering plant. After a few years, it will become a favorite place for Grad photos.

LIFE’S LITTLE INSTRUCTION BOOK FOR HIGH SCHOOL: Have grads work on a “Life’s Little Instruction Book for High School Survival” and print a copy for each incoming high school freshman.

GRAD DEVOTIONAL BOOK: Have members of your church or youth group write devotions for a “30 Days of Devotions from Home” booklet to help grads over “the first month at college” hump. There are so many great online programs that can print these in quality format.

PAST GRADS REUNION: Have recent past grads present a lesson for your current grads entitled “You May Have Graduated from the Group but Not from God.” Have them share ways to avoid common post youth group spiritual pitfalls.

A GRAD FOREST: Using artificial silk or Christmas trees, let each grad decorate their own tree with pictures and mementoes. On Grad Sunday, line a “walk of grad fame” in your church with the decorated trees.

Stephanie Caro  is a Lead Consultant for Youth Ministry Architects, and Director of our new Small Church Ministry Architects division. Stephanie has written several books, including Thriving Youth Ministry in Smaller Churches and 99 Thoughts for the Smaller Church Youth Worker. Check out her blogs for Simply Youth Ministry Network & Group Publishing: http://smallchurchyouthministry.com/ & http://smallgroupsministry.com

Stephanie Caro
Lead Consultant
YOUTH MINISTRY ARCHITECTS
CHILDREN’S MINISTRY ARCHITECTS
SMALL CHURCH MINISTRY ARCHITECTS, Director
Building Sustainable Ministries….One Church at a Time
Direct (727) 215-4067            Voice/Fax (877) 462-5718
stephanie.caro@ymarchitects.com  http://ymarchitects.com
Twitter: @stephaniecaro          Facebook: Stephanie Caro

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