*Offer breakfast beforehand when kids and grandparents can eat together. At the tables have fun questions that kids can ask grandparents like "tell me about what third grade was like when you were little" or "what did you like to do in your spare time growing up?"
*Design the music segment of your worship service with grandparents in mind. Use some older music as well as newer stuff. Kids will enjoy showing their music off and grandparents will appreciate that you hold their likes in high regard.
*Implement grandparents into your Bible story time: use grandpas to act out Bible characters as you read. Give them silly costumes, etc. Kids love watching their granparents become silly and playful.
*Offer family photos. Have a photographer on hand to take photos of families. Send them home or mail as a follow-up. Grandparents love the opportunity to have a photo with just them and their grandkids.
*Ask a grandparent to share his/her testimony in the service.
*Provide take-home gifts for grandparents like books on grandparenting, etc. There are some great ones out there now. Give them a form to fill out that would be a description of their faith journey. If they wanted, they could fill it out at home and present it to their grandchild. We need to remind families the importance of sharing their story. Give grandparents the tools to do this. This could become a treasured keepsake.
Have you ever done anything in your ministry for grandparents day? Share away!