Sacraments of Initiation
Edge Night Outline
Goal of this Night
The goal of this night is for the middle school youth to have a greater understanding of the Sacraments of Initiation and how they work together to form the foundation of the Christian life. While each Sacrament will be briefly discussed, the emphasis of the night is on the graces received in each Sacrament, how they affect our lives, and why they are so important.
About this night
Using an “Admission” theme, this Edge Night will explore the Sacraments of Initiation. The night will begin with a few carnival-like games. After a teaching on the three Sacrament of Initiation — Baptism, Eucharist, and Confirmation — the youth will have an opportunity to share about the graces they receive from the Sacraments in their lives. The night will end with a time of prayer before the tabernacle.
Before The Night
Create an admission ticket for the youth for this night and hand them out at the previous night; tell them to bring their ticket with them to this Edge Night. It will be their ticket into the night! (Be sure to have some extra on hand at the Edge Night in case the youth forget their ticket; you don’t want them to think they can’t come if they don’t have one.)
Have raffle tickets separated out and ready to give to each youth. Prepare all the games and materials ahead of time (see Gather for more detail) Get carnival-like prizes: bubbles, chalk, huge inflatable hammer, candy, etc.
The Edge Night for this week focused on the Sacraments of Initiation: Baptism, Eucharist, and Confirmation. The night highlighted each Sacrament and how they strengthen us and carry us through our life, so that we are always growing in holiness. Here are a few possible discussion questions for the ride home:
- What are the Sacraments of Initiation?
- What is something new that you learned about these Sacraments?
- How do all the Sacraments of Initiation work together?
- Why is it so important to participate in these Sacraments?
In the main room, create a carnival theme. Have games, stands, barn animals (fake, of course); if possible, have carnival-type food: hot dogs, hamburgers, cotton candy, snow cones, etc. The Core Members should dress as if they were working the carnival. Also, see Media Suggestions for a Ferris wheel video to have playing while the youth play the carnival games.
• Admission tickets
• Raffle Tickets
• Basketball hoops
• Toy Fish (approx. 8)
• Fish bowls (approx. 24)
• Music — see Media Suggestions
• Mini pool
• Ring toss
• Various sized bottles
• Large Bucket
• Rubber Ducks (approx. 20)
• Prizes (candy, bubbles, etc.)
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