Marked by God

The Sacrament of Baptism

Edge Night Outline

Goal of this Night

The goal of this Edge Night is to allow the middle school youth to grow in their understanding of the Sacrament of Baptism. They will understand that through this sacrament, they are “marked by God” with an indelible mark and will also understand that this sacrament is the foundation for all the other sacraments.

About this night

The Sacrament of Baptism is one of those sacraments that we hear a lot about, but often we forget about the true importance of the sacrament. There are a lot of signs and symbols used during the Sacrament of Baptism that point to the deeper realities that we are washed clean of our original sin, we become a new creation, we become adopted children of God, we become members of the Church, and we receive an indelible mark on our souls that claims us for God. It is through this sacrament that we first receive sanctifying grace to live our lives as Christ has called us.

The night will begin with a game called Jenga. The game will illustrate the firm foundation of Baptism for the other sacraments. For the Proclaim, there are a couple of options. If you are able to have an actual Baptism during the Edge Night, then the majority of the night will be the Baptism with the priest or deacon instructing as necessary. If not, then a full teaching and witness is recommended. Small group time will include some questions as well as an opportunity to create a song, rap, or poem. The conclusion of the night will be a renewal of Baptismal promises.

Before The Night
Collect and scan baby photos of your Core Members for the Environment. Be sure to put them into a digital photo display program or PowerPoint with their names on the photos so that the middle school youth may know whose picture belongs to which Core Member.

Baptism: This portion of the night will take some preparation beforehand to secure a couple that is willing to have their child baptized during an Edge night. It may take some work, but it is well worth it. If you are able to do this during the night, consider having this part of the night (or the whole night) take place in the Church or chapel, whichever setting would work best for your group.

Be sure to have the priest and/or deacon include the middle school youth when appropriate during the Baptism. Ask the priest/deacon to explain what is happening during the Baptism, especially the various signs and symbols used. This will help to keep the youths’ attention during the Baptism.

Parental Notice

Tonight we discussed the first of the Sacraments of Initiation: Baptism. Your child learned tonight about the major symbols we use with Baptism: water (to wash away Original Sin), oil (to anoint us to spread the Gospel), candle (to be the light of Christ to the world) and the white garment (a symbol that we are made a new creation at our baptism and have become sons and daughters of God). Tonight was an opportunity to instruct the youth what went on during their baptism. (If a real baptism took place, be sure to write about that here.) Your child also learned that at his/her Baptism, he/she received an indelible mark that cannot be taken away – we are forever claimed as a son/daughter of God.

Parent Challenge – Consider bringing out the photos of when your child was baptized. Explain to him/her what went on that day. If you have the child’s candle and/or white garment, share that as well. Discuss with your child why it was important that he/she be baptized. Even better, bring out some photos of when you were baptized and show them to your child.

Environment

Baby pictures from Core members on screen as the youth enter the room. Also include the symbols of Baptism on or around the stage areas so that the youth can clearly see them. If possible, sue the color white as much as possible. Encourage your Core Team to wear a white shirt also.

Supplies List

• Scanned baby photos of

Core Members

• Items for Baptism: water, oil, white garment, candle

• Handout A: “Baptismal Promises”

• Holy water & containers (see adaptation ideas)

• Three aluminum pans

• Sand

• Gravel

• Three Jenga sets

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