Senior Adults and Kids

I’m consistently struck by the tenderness I see teenagers hold for senior adults, and vice versa. There’s something about the “grandparent” vibe that strikes a cord in kids.

A few weeks ago I was speaking on “Sticky Faith” in Pella, Iowa at the Vermeer Leadership Alliance and met a senior adult named Carol. She told me that she’s made it her job to write every kid from her church who goes to college. Some of her notes are hand-written; others are typed. She tells them they don’t need to write back, but a few of them do. When she sees them in person later on, they consistently thank her for letting them know she cares about them. These kids know they are not forgotten.

I was impressed when I thought she wrote each kid ONCE at the start of the fall. Turns out she writes them EVERY WEEK. Yes, EVERY WEEK.

That’s the sort of intergenerational connection we’re seeing leads to Sticky Faith. How else are senior adults caring for kids in your churches?

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