Graduates - Faithfully Walking
(Just add Jesus!)
Below are ideas for the local, regional, and general level to help “walk faithfully” next to those who are graduating in a time of transition. The church community needs to creatively find ways to offer both ways to celebrate, grieve, and walk faithfully next to our graduates and their families.
Let’s be honest, the church is not always the best at supporting our young people. In this time where our energy has shifted, my prayers are that the gifts of our graduates are significantly engaged in their life and faith journey during this step and the next. Our graduates deserve more than our “thoughts” or just a “moment” they require inclusive communion.
Based on conversations with graduates, families, and those who work with these ages, our goals are to help faith communities by not doing what everyone else is doing but doing what the church needs to do.
Enabling our graduates to make a faithful and lasting mark.
Engaging in faithful rites of passage and rituals in updated ways.
Creating connections for life’s difficult transitions.
Everything we have put together is to help the local church and smaller faith communities (like divinity house, seminaries, camp groups, etc.) have multiple ways to live into being the church that can strengthen and grow established and new relationships.
At all moments, we first must encourage you to be safe. If YOU Give Gifts - GIVE SAFELY: Gloves, masks, disinfectant, hand washing, and physical distancing. If you are virtually connecting, follow the guidelines. Safety is what helps us create safe and sacred spaces.
Suggestions and Resources - "Walk WITH"
The most important thing you can do for any graduate is spend quality time listening and being with them. “Walk” with them in this life and in their faith journey. Every person, community, and family needs something different - but we all need to know Jesus through our relationships with each other.
Emotional Support Resources
NBA "SoulCare" - Lamentations and Celebrations of Graduates
Letter to Moms by Ginger Brandt
Faith Ideas for Graduates (Footprint PDF)
Graduation Milestone Moments by Milestone Ministries
Reinventing graduation: 3 ways to honor milestones in the midst of pandemic by Fuller Youth Institute
Virtual Worship Service Liturgies
Graduation Season Reflection/Prayer during COVID-19 by Ola Harrison
Love Letters to Camp (Walking with Our Camp Grads)
We know that every region and area is having to respond in different ways to keep those who love camp safe this summer. The Young Adult Commission invites those who are graduating, leaders, campers, and staff to take some time and write your “love letter to camp.” We want to be able to give each person a way to express, cry, smile, and celebrate all that has brought them closer to God through knowing great people, and finding sacred and holy spaces.
For many camp is big deal, and Ministries Across Generations Youth and Young Adult leader, Randy Kuss, has been working closely with our outdoor ministry groups. Continued updates can be found on the Association for Outdoor Ministry Facebook Page.
Gifts from the General Level to the Regional and Local Levels
Social Media Sharing
Whether you “live into” our theme for 2020 or not, we want to help create slideshows, share images, archive, and make sure that the faithful responses of helping our seniors in this time and the stories are saved, shared, and part of both the present and the future. Please e-mail images or hashtag #ministriesacrossgen, #ccdoc, and #dhmissions. You may also want to make sure to share with the Disciples of Christ Historical Society.
Events (In Process)
Virtual Worship and Baccalaureate Tools
Podcast from Disciples Men
Summer Virtual “Camp” Sing-a-longs and Talent Shows
General Assembly Recognition