- Care Packages – when you are off to something new, who doesn’t like to get care packages. Make sure to include not only food goodies, but also prayer cards, personalized notes, etc.
- Post Cards – I know this seems old school, but who doesn’t like to get a fun piece of mail? You can send them from places you are traveling, create your own, or find crazy ones that will make them laugh.
- Social Media – find ways to stay in touch with them via the Social Media sites that they use.
- Invitation for Coffee – if you know they are around or if you are visiting where they live, invite them for coffee.
- Young Adult Retreat/Gathering – when you think most people will be around (Christmas, summer, etc.) invite them all for a retreat/gathering to get back together and check-in with one another. If people want to be there, but the timing doesn’t work, you may want to have a video chat with everyone while you are together.
- Online Prayer Circle – Create a private group on FB or another site that will allow you to continue to hold one another in prayer while you are dispersed. Using a group that people can comment of post to will invite people to post prayers, concerns, and celebrations to the group.
- Notes from people in the congregation – Graduates not only like to hear from their youth minister and the clergy person, but they may also like to hear from their confirmation mentor, Sunday school teachers, other youth they did ministry with who are still around, as well as others. Create a time when people can gather to write them notes.
- Birthday Cards – if you kept track of their birthdays, continue to send them cards even after they are gone. You can dedicate an afternoon to writing all the addresses notes and then organize them for the year to be sent out a week ahead of time. This is something a volunteer could help you with and might be happy to do so!
- Email – again, this may be old school, but it is another form of communication that can be open and that may invite conversation.
- Pray for them and send them a prayer note or card (either electronically or snail mail). Knowing someone is praying for you as you enter into the next thing in your life is powerful and can open up new conversations. Remember to include your contact information so they can find you.
This Spring, you probably celebrated the seniors who graduated from High School and are headed off to their next adventures. Their adventures may include a job, the military, community college, college, or something unknown. Regardless of where they are headed, staying in touch with them and letting them know you are still thinking about them, holding them in prayer, and looking forward to seeing them is important. Just because they graduate, does not mean that they graduate from the community. But how does one stay in touch? Here are my top 10 ways that I have found to stay in touch.
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