On Your Mark, Get Set, Pray!

How Do I Start Prayer?

Edge Night Outline

Goal of this Night

The goal for the night is for the youth to understand the importance of starting to pray and truly entering into a personal relationship with Christ. The middle school youth will be given practical tips on how to start praying and also come to understand why Catholics make the sign of the cross every time they begin their prayers.  Youth will be encouraged to put aside any fear or laziness that might be holding them back from beginning, or continuing, their relationship with Christ.

About this night

The theme of this Edge Night is a race–the idea that in order to win a race or to make it to the end, you have to start. The main Scripture for the night is from St. Paul’s letter to the Corinthians about running the race so as to win (1 Corinthians 9:24-25).

The Edge Night will begin with a series of relay races and then transition into the main teaching for the night. During the Break, there will be a time of small group discussion and an opportunity for the youth to make a commitment to start praying regularly. The night will end with a time of prayer as a large group,

Make sure to printout the “Starting to Pray” cards (Handout on page 28) so that there is one for every youth.

Parental Notice

Today your youth learned about the importance of starting to pray. Your child was challenged to make a commitment to start praying regularly with simple prayer commitments. Also, he or she was given the suggestion to have a prayer partner to help him or her stay committed to praying and to pray for them. Here are some questions to ask your youth about the Edge Night.

  • How are you going to start praying regularly? What commitment did you make to prayer?
  • Who are you going to ask to be your prayer partner? Why did you pick that person?
  • What is your biggest struggle when it comes to starting to pray?


The theme for this night is that of a race. Decorate the room to look like a racetrack for runners. Use white tape to create racetrack lines, put up colorful race triangle flags, hang racing jerseys, and make a starting line that is close to the front of the room. Have the youth minister and the Core Team dress up like they are going to run in a race; have them wear appropriate running clothes, tennis shoes, and race numbers on their shirts.

Supplies List

  • “Starting to Pray” cards (Handout page 28)
  • Pens
  • Race flags
  • White tape
  • Racing jerseys

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