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Yeah, I dropped out…

Stephanie Caro —  April 26, 2012 — Leave a comment

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  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 out for the little things. It was so much better, declaring my 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 cake  for each grad. Deliver it to their door early on Grad day with a note: “To start your big day off right.”

3) GRADUATION CHRISTMAS ORNAMENT: Jump start each grad’s personal Christmas ornament collection by having your group make “2006 Grad” 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 year’s parents. Topics could include party ideas, available decorations, ways to support their grad, tips for getting past “empty nest” syndrome, etc.

More to come, my friends.  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.

Stephanie

 

 

 

 

 

Stephanie Caro

Stephanie Caro

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Stephanie Caro has been involved in ministry to youth and youth workers in the local church since…well, a long time – 30+ years. Her humorous, straightforward style keeps her busy presenting and coaching at conferences, training events, camps, mission trips, retreats, churches, etc. Her latest books are, “Thriving Youth Ministry in Smaller Churches” and “99 Thoughts for the Smaller Church Youth Worker,” published by Group/Simply Youth Ministry. Stephanie is a contributing author to several youth ministry resources in addition to her regular column “Smaller Church Youth Ministry” in Group Magazine. Stephanie is Senior Consultant for Mark DeVries’ Ministry Architects and the director for their Small Church Ministry Architects division. She and her hubby, Steve, live in Houston, TX. All 7 kids are grown and out – praise God!

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