Edge Night Outline
Goal of this Night
The goal of this Edge Night is for the middle school youth to understand what Lectio Divina is and how it can make Scripture come to life in their lives.
About this night
One of the most common reasons people give for not reading the Bible is that they do not understand it or feel overwhelmed with where to start. Yet, as Catholics, we are called to read and pray through the Scriptures on a regular basis in order to grow in holiness. While this may seem like a tall task, we are blessed to have a style of reading the Bible that can help us to understand it and relate it to our lives. That style is called Lectio Divina meaning, “divine reading,” and is a four-step process that can be done individually or in a group setting to help us focus in on a particular word or phrase from a given scripture passage.
To help the middle school youth understand what Lectio Divina is, this night will begin with a Crossword puzzle that challenges them to find different verses in the Bible and pick out the missing word. This transitions into the Proclaim, which is a basic teaching on what Lectio Divina is and how it works. During the Break, the youth will have an opportunity to experience Lectio Divina with their small group. Once this is complete, they will discuss this experience and do several activities to further bring it to life. Finally the Send will give them an opportunity to offer up a prayer based off the word or phrase that stuck out to them in their experience of Lectio Divina.
During tonight’s Edge session, we discussed Lectio Divina, a way of reading Scripture that has been practiced for centuries. There are four steps to Lectio Divina: Lectio (Reading/Listening), Meditatio (Meditation), Oratio (Prayer), and Contemplatio (Contemplation). After learning about this method in tonight’s teaching, the middle school youth were able to experience Lectio Divina in their small groups using a passage from scripture. After reading the Scripture passage, they chose a word or phrase that stuck out to them, shared why it stuck out to them, and offered this word or phrase up in prayer.
Here are some questions to help start a conversation with your youth about what he/she learned during Edge:
- How does the process of Lectio Divina work?
- What Scripture passage did your small group read tonight for your Lectio Divina experience?
- What was the word or phrase that stuck out to you in the reading? Why did you choose that word or phrase?
- How can we as a family make reading Scripture more of a priority?
The environment for this night should be very simple and set a prayerful tone for the evening. Setup a large cross at the front of the room. In front of the cross, have a table with a cloth over it and an unlit candle on each side (these candles will be lit for the closing prayer). Between the candles, place the largest Bible you can find and have it opened to one of the Gospels.
• Large Cross
• Table w/ Cloth
• 2 Candles
• Large Bible for Environment
“CROSSword Puzzle” (page
• Poster Board
• Handout: “Prayers Please”
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