The goal of this Edge Night is to show that prayer is not a one-time decision, just for special occasions, or only when we are in trouble. Prayer is a way of life that takes time and dedication, and it is not always easy or glamorous.
Edge Night At A Glance
Having prayer be a real part of our life is a daily decision we make, much like being a good student or being a good athlete. It takes a lot of work that is not always glamorous. We are called by St. Paul in his letter to the Thessalonians to “pray without ceasing,” but what does this really mean in our lives? First, we actually need to pray daily. Second, we need to let that prayer flow through the rest of our day – how we go about our play and work and how we interact with others, especially our families and friends.
The night will begin with Catholic calisthenics. It is easy for junior high students to relate to sports being a part of their daily lives, so this will be where we begin the illustration. The Proclaim continues the “training” theme and includes a “panel of experts” including a musician, a scientist, and an athlete who talk about how their specific field requires a daily commitment. The second part of the Proclaim will build upon this. In the small groups, the idea of prayer as communication will be focused upon, before we close with a prayer and a blessing by the Core Team for the middle school youth to be people of prayer.