BY: The Center for Youth Ministry Training


The class of 2020 has lost so much. Graduations are canceled, and celebrations are postponed. Summer plans for college orientations, internships, and fun are on hold.  For many of us, we can’t physically gather with our seniors to recognize them and celebrate with them right now, but that doesn’t need to hold us back. Our seniors deserve to be honored in big ways!  We polled some veteran youth workers to see what they are doing and compiled a list of the best ideas we’ve found for honoring and celebrating your senior class in the midst of these crazy times.  If you’ve got additional ideas, please share them in the comments below.

How to recognize your seniors in an upcoming online Church worship service:

Possibly include baby picture & senior picture
Include High School they graduated from
Post-graduation plans
Pictures from their time in youth ministry at youth and Church events

What has the Church meant to you?  (opportunity for them to express their appreciation!)
Who or what has most helped shape your faith formation?  How? (who = significant adults or peers; what = programs, Bible studies, events, trips that the youth participated in)
How have you grown in your faith from your Middle school years to High school to now?
How has the Church prepared you for a continued life of discipleship after graduation?

How to celebrate your seniors at your next online youth gathering:

Share a highlight or meaningful memory from your time in the youth ministry or at the Church.
How have you grown in your faith since you first entered the youth ministry?
What words of wisdom do you have to offer those younger than you?  What legacy do you want to pass on to the classes below you?
Some of the same ideas posted below for social media could be utilized here too

How to celebrate your seniors on social media:

Gift Ideas to mail or drop off to your seniors:

“Mere Christianity” by C.S. Lewis
“Let Your Life Speak” by Parker Palmer
”Crazy Love: Overwhelmed by a Relentless God” by Francis Chan
“The Cost of Discipleship” by Dietrich Bonhoeffer
“The Book of Everyday Prayer:  Liturgies for Personal Devotion” by Jeremy Steele
“Oh The Place You’ll Go” by Dr. Seuss


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