Around The Table

Dignity of the Family

Edge Night Outline

Goal of this Night

The goal of this Edge Night is to teach the youth about the dignity of the family so that they learn that in the community of the family we are called to love, forgive, and pray. The youth will also learn that we are all part of the larger family of God.

Before The Night:

  • Get volunteers to help with the opening dinner activity.
  • Preview and set up the video clip for the teaching.
  • Have the teen giving the witness practice it for you and other Core Members ahead of time.

About this night

Tonight we will talk about the dignity of the family. In a document from the Church called Gadium et Spes (Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World), the Church tells us this about the family: “The well-being of the individual person and of human and Christian society is closely bound up with the healthy state of conjugal and family life.” The family is the first and most basic unit of society. The family unit is where we are to come to know God and to be nurtured and thus form communities of faith. The Church teaches that the family is the “Domestic Church” and the foundation for Christian life starts within the family. Jesus came into the world through the way of the family. The Holy Family is an example to every human family to learn about love and charity. As Catholics, we are called to defend the dignity of the family.

This night starts off with a family dinner where each small group will have the opportunity to share around the table. As we move into the teaching for the night we will discuss the dignity of the family, the example the Holy Family gives us, and that each person is part of the family of God. The break will give the youth an opportunity to reflect on their family relationship. The night will close with a prayer for the family.

Parental Notice

Tonight we learned about the dignity of the family and how God gives us our family to learn about love. The Catholic Church tells us that the family is the most basic unit of society and necessary for our development as a human person and in our faith. When we receive our Baptism, it is into a family. However, there are challenges and difficulties we face in our families. Tonight we focused on 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 to talk about how we can strive to live in this love and get along better with those in our family. We also looked at the example that the Holy Family sets for us. At the end of the session we took time to pray for our families.

Questions for the ride home:

  1. What did you learn tonight about the dignity of the family?
  2. How does the Holy Family set an example for us?
  3. What are some ways that our family can spend time together and remember to pray for each other every day?

Environment

The environment for this night is the family dinner table. Have tables and chairs set up for each small group. If your meeting space does not allow for this set-up, have a dining room table and chairs at the front of the room and disperse other home décor around the room – couches, family photos, pillows, end tables, lamps, etc.

Supplies List

• Family Trivia Questions or Power Play Game

• Prizes for Trivia Game

• Movie Clip for Proclaim

• Handout A: “Letter to My Family”

• Pens

• Handout B: “Prayer for the Family”

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