The middle school youth will grow in community and get to know other youth in the group by working together in strategic competition. Socials are typically a good way to gain interest from new youth, break down cliques and/or gain momentum to start a new semester or youth ministry year.
Edge Night at a Glance
This night will allow the middle school youth to let loose through a traditional large group game: Capture the Flag. The basic rules of Capture the Flag are explained in this lesson, but you may choose to add twists or variations to the game. You may also want to consider having multiple rounds with varying rules (or the same rules). Usually having at least two games is ideal (or three to create a tiebreaker opportunity). For Capture the Flag, it is best to line up teams that seem evenly competitive in terms of athletic abilities, strategic abilities,and variety of ages.
The night begins with a traditional Gather and a video explaining the rules (they may also be read). There is an optional Proclaim about community and living out authentic Joy to begin the night. The middle school youth will have 45 minutes to an hour to play Capture the Flag, followed by snack and fellowship.