Bridging the Gap Between Youth and Senior Citizens

NYNW

National Youth Workers Convention

San Diego     October 1 – 4 2010    &    Nashville     November 19 – 22 2010

Preventigation

Convenors: Mindy Smith

Mindy suggested starting a Community Youth Center.  Movie night twice a month.

  • How to get Middle School and High School involved. Seniors have time and love.

  • Parents are too busy.

Senior citizens key is prayer – seniors can pray for students and workers.

When do you start connecting seniors and kids? Any age group.

IDEA- Adopt a child in prayer.  Photos of teens on card and general problems of teen – then let senior pick them up. Encouraging them to make contact. One year commitment. Some were unchurched youth.

Light one candle – Senior tutoring kids – make a connection with students, like retired engineer, etc.

Specify one day of the week for tutoring during school year.

How does it impact?  Fears seem to be released when seniors praying and connecting with students.

IDEA – 1 to 2 times a month have senior citizens give testimonies to youth. Listening to their stories, youth were engaged and became connected to bridge the gap.  Keep 5 minute limit, can’t preach to them, tell them what Jesus means to them.

Giving senior citizens opportunity to share their stories.

To help with fear of connecting – have seniors give dinner for teen. Seniors serve teens and then talk.

Can have dinner with youth serving elders too.

Students visit shut-ins

Bible study on aging. Then give them disabilities to make meal and let students feel what it was like to have trouble seeing, etc. Let seniors and students play games together, let them discuss questions about aging.

IDEA – Youth serve Seniors in household chores or spending time together. How do you get the time to do this.

Two to three times a year, go to Assisted Living Facility and have service with elderly during regular Youth Service time, so it’s not taking extra time.  Once they do it, they seem to be excited. Senior Pastor asking people to support it.

Recent graduates – older people would fix dinner for students and spend time sharing with college students who don’t have much money for things.

Do you have super vision?  Yes, always supervision.

How to adjust for time? Give them options, like rake leaves or go to elderly home. Use established schedule instead of starting new program.  Still doing program and ministry even if sparsely attended.

Game night – seniors teach youth, then switch..youth teach seniors.  This would help bridge gap, like language.

Is there a need for students and seniors to connect?  Yes, seniors are bill payers and will help more with youth spending if familiar with what youth are doing.

No expectations of results, because God will make hearts as He sees fit. God will change the internal.

How do you get the time to do this?

Two to three times a year, go to Assisted Living Facility and have service with elderly during regular Youth Service time, so it’s not taking extra time.  Once they do it, they seem to be excited. Senior Pastor asking people to support it. Recent graduates – older people would fix dinner for students and spend time sharing with college students who don’t have much money for things.

Do you have super vision?  Yes, always supervision.

How to adjust for time? Give them options, like rake leaves or go to elderly home. Use established schedule instead of starting new program.  Still doing program and ministry even if sparsely attended.

Game night – seniors teach youth, then switch..youth teach seniors.  This would help bridge gap, like language.

Is there a need for students and seniors to connect?  Yes, seniors are bill payers and will help more with youth spending if familiar with what youth are doing.

No expectations of results, because God will make hearts as He sees fit. God will change the internal.

Youth Group Grandfather/Grandmother.

Problem- Needed older people to help with retreats but some adults do not want to help.

Ask kids which adults they would like to help and tell adults kids asked about them.

Mindy wants to start a community center and bring church and community together. Center won’t be Bible studies, per se, but leave it as a safe place.

Center it around relationships.

http://www.nywc.com/openspace/session/bridging-the-gap-between-youth-and-senior-citizens/

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