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Milestone 6: Launching with Purpose Graduation Celebration

May 19 @ 8:00 am - 12:30 pm

What is most important for your child after graduation? Are they ready to make an impact for the Kingdom of God? This milestone equips you, as parents, to know how to prepare your students for the world after High School – a world where they strive to live an ABLE life. A life where they Abide in Christ in order to Build relationships and Live out the Gospel with Everything they have!

  • Key Concepts: Apologetics, Dating/Marriage, God’s Plan for Me, Person of Influence, Life Skills, My Creed
  • Focus: 11th – 12th grade
  • Milestone Celebration: Launching with Purpose Dinner/Recognition

Parent Training

As primary disciple-makers we all need a little help launching our students into their next phase of life. That is why we host Launching with Purpose Parenting Workshop each April. We cover details regarding our milestone celebrations, practical tips on navigating this season, along with providing you with a vision for the Young Adult Ministry here at Carmel. Plus, you will learn about ways to celebrate this milestone as you participate with the community of parents that are on the same path as you.

How do we celebrate the Launching with Purpose Milestone at Carmel?

The graduation season filled with many mixed emotions. You have done your best to raise your child to be a follower of Jesus who loves the Lord with all their heart, soul, mind, and strength. While you have made it this far, it is still hard to watch that young man or woman walk out the door into a new stage of life. Our prayer is as they go, they will walk out their faith as they live an ABLE life. To help you make the Launching with Purpose Milestone a special moment in the life of your family we invite you to participate in the following:

  • Location: Meet room SC303.
  • Time: 9:30am or 11:00am
  • Gather as a family to honor your graduate and intentionally speak blessing as you launch them into the next phase of life. Dinner will take place in the Worship Center at Carmel and will include a catered meal and program. The entire family is encouraged to be a part of this special time.
  • In addition to dinner, we would like for each parent to write a letter of blessing to your graduate. Your blessing will mean so much to your student. We have included information that will help you do this on the following pages. You will have an opportunity to read this letter to your senior (privately) during our time together that night. We hope this will be the highlight of the night for you and your graduate. Each graduate will receive a gift from the Student Ministry during the evening. We also encourage you to ask friends and family to write letters of encouragement to give to your graduate during the evening as well.
  • Pastor Alex and I will be recognizing and praying blessing over the graduates at the end of all three services. Graduates and their DC leaders will celebrate during the 9:30am DC time together as well.

It has been a privilege to watch your students grow and mature; we are going to miss them deeply. They are an incredible group of students! I look forward to celebrating the Milestone of High School Graduation together!

  • Register your Graduate for the Milestone Dinner and Graduate Recognition (please select ONLY your Graduate – you will be able to add family members as guests later in the form). If your family is unable to attend the Milestone Dinner but will be a part of the Graduate Recognition on Sunday, May 19, use the same link below.
  • We need a baby/toddler and a senior picture for each graduating senior. These pictures will be utilized for various pieces of media to celebrate the Milestone. Please have them ready to submit when you register.
  • Refer to the following information for details, including registration, submitting photos, costs and times.
  • If you have any questions, please contact Megan Griggs at 704.847.8575 or


*Please select ONLY your GRADUATE’s name when registering*

*you will be able to add family members as guests later in the registration


What are the dates?

  • Sunday April 28 – Parent Training in room SC303 (9:30am or 11:00am)
  • Friday, May 17 – Launching with Purpose Milestone Dinner (6pm-8pm)
  • Sunday, May 19 – Graduate Recognition will happen in all three worship services.

What to do by April 1st (absolute deadline):

  • Register online and submit a baby/toddler picture and a senior picture. Please have them ready to submit when registering.

How do I submit my pictures?

  • Please upload your photos when registering. Please have your digital picture ready to email when registering. You can take your physical photos to CVS, Walgreens, COSTCO, etc., if you need to have them scanned. Taking photos of photos is not recommended.
  • Please rename the image files as follows and as you would like for their names to appear:
    • Last Name, First Name – Baby
    • Last Name, First Name – Senior
    • Preferred format is Portrait (vertical)
  • Submit the photos to the link that appears after completing the registration form or HERE.
  • Pictures received after April 1st will not be included in the graduate publications or video.

Cost for the Dinner

  • Free – Graduate
  • $15 per family member

What will the blessing time look like?

  • You will have about 20 minutes.
  • You will be free to choose your location for the blessing on our campus. Consider choosing a place that is meaningful in the life of your student.
  • Please let your family know ahead of time if you would like for them to be a part of the blessing. We encourage you to include all family for at least a portion of this time.

Parent Resources

Below you will find some resources to help parents process this milestone and disciple your student. Please feel free to connect with us if you have any questions or need additional resources.


May 19
8:00 am - 12:30 pm
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