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The Holy Spirit

Edge Night Outline

Goal of this Night

The goal of this Edge Night is to help the middle school youth understand and encounter the power of the Holy Spirit. The youth will learn that earthly power and strength is fleeting, but the power of the Holy Spirit is eternal.

About this night

The theme of the Edge Night is the third person of the Holy Trinity: the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit provides the power and strength for us to live the Christian life. It is through the events of Pentecost, when the disciples of Jesus received the Holy Spirit, that the world was transformed and changed forever. According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, “Through his grace, the Holy Spirit is the first to awaken faith in us and to communicate to us the new life, which is to “know the Father and the one whom he has sent, Jesus Christ” (#684). Through the power of the Holy Spirit, we are also called to spread the Gospel in every area of lives – family, community and the world.

The theme for the night is power. The night begins with a game where the youth will have to “power up” a pyramid of battery-operated lights in order to win the game. As the night progresses, the youth will encounter the power of the Holy Spirit, specifically focusing on the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit and how those gifts are important in the Christian life. Finally, the Edge Night ends with each youth praying for an outpouring of the Holy Spirit.

Environment

The environment should make the room scream, “Power!” Have cutouts of words like “pow” and “zap” from the old Batman television show on the walls. Plug in Christmas lights, strobe lights or floodlights into different parts of the room (be sure not to blow a fuse). Have pictures of powerful things playing on a slideshow (loud speakers, tanks, weightlifter, professional wrestlers, etc). The youth should be reminded of strength and power as they walk into the room.

Supplies List

18 battery-operated push lights

At least 27 small beanbags

Candy for the winning class in the game

Candle and Matches

Matches

WD-40 spray bottle

Handout A: “Gifts of the Holy Spirit Match Game”

Handout B: ““Prayer to the Holy Spirit by St. Augustine”

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