Earlier in May we honored the class of 2017. It’s an annual event we do in our services where we bring our high school seniors on stage and recognize them for graduating. While it’s a regular thing we do (along with churches all across the country), each year is as unique as the members of each graduating class.
For the past few years we have asked our grads to fill out a brief questionnaire so we can make the recognition a bit more personal. Not all of our congregation knows every graduate by name so it’s an opportunity to highlight what our grads have achieved and what they have planned.
The last question for them to respond to was this: What is Your Best School Memory?
A couple of their answers show just why we love small groups.
I anticipated that our grads might point to homecoming or prom or an athletic or academic accomplishment. Some did. In fact, one of our grads was Homecoming Queen this year. Two of our grads finished #3 and #4 in their graduating class. Others enjoyed some athletic success.
But what two of our grads put down as their best memory had to do with their experience in small groups.
Here are the grads own words:
“I loved being kidnapped . . . by my small group leaders. It was always fun being surprised and spending the day with my small group.”
“My favorite memory is having our annual small group Christmas party/sleepover.”
Just another reason why we love small groups.
To the small group leaders out there: You are making an impact. You have influence. Sometimes we just have to wait until they graduate (or later) to see it or hear it.
To the small group leaders out there: Thank You!