If you’ve not yet held your final club for the school year, the
end is in sight. It’s become somewhat of a Young Life tradition to end each year with “Senior
Club,” giving the graduating seniors a chance to lead club and share about
This could be your highest attendance club of this semester. If the seniors take ownership of it, they will get people
Even if seniors have “checked out” of YL this is a club
they will come back for… if personally invited. Not just a mass text, or an Instagram announcement, but a
face to face invite or phone call. I’ve watched many kids come to a Senior Club that have never been to YL before. It’s an easy invite because it’s the last club of the year and the seniors are speaking. Work hard to get first timers there! Who knows, they might even sign up for camp. It’s happened many times!
This is a great club to invite current 8th graders, and give them a taste of what’s to come in the fall when they become freshmen. Get parents and middle school teachers help in promoting that this club is open to 8th graders. If there is Wyldlife in your area, connect with the Wyldlife leaders and get their help in bringing their middle school friends.
Also, offer prizes for the high schoolers who brings the most 8th graders. We always give away ‘Lunch With A Leader’ and bring kids lunch from their favorite restaurant to school.
If scheduled late enough in May, often college students are back home and would love to come back and visit club.
If not carefully monitored, this club could run too long.
Consider starting 15-30 minutes earlier than usual. You could also do a cookout, grill hotdogs, and start at 6:37 instead of 7:37. Check the sports schedule and make sure to not conflict with a big home game.
Will the seniors run music, games, skits? If so, help them prepare. They can do classic YL skits, make fun of leaders, pick their favorite classic songs to sing, and make videos to show at club. It’s also fun to play a ‘Guess that Senior’ game using baby pics.
Allow enough time for every senior that wants
to share to have a turn. Coach the seniors ahead of time on WHAT to share. If they
know Christ, ask them to speak clearly of what He has done in their life. If
they’ve been to camp or plugged into Campaigners, ask them to share of those
experiences. Their words will carry much weight with the underclassmen.
Although it is fun as leaders to hear kids tell us how great we are, encourage
them to use this time to tell how great Jesus is instead.
Coach the seniors ahead of time on HOW LONG to share. If you
have 15 seniors that each talk for 4 minutes, that will take an hour. Consider
warning them ahead of time that after a certain predetermined length of time
you will raise a sign in the back letting them know to wrap it up. Set the
seniors up for success.
Think outside the box about ways to make this evening
special. Will you have a time when the leaders pray for the seniors? Will you give the seniors any gifts, notes, etc…Will you have a special surprise 24-ft long Gutter Ice Cream
Sundae waiting for the kids out back when the night ends? If so, ask some
parents to help prepare it so its ready and still frozen when everyone runs
outside. Also, prepare to get sticky. Ice Cream fights are inevitable.
What other ideas have you seen work well? Comment below or email me here.