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An Edge Social Night

Edge Night Outline

Goal of this Night

The goal of this social is for the middle school youth to grow in community and get to know one another. It is also a great way to invite new youth and evangelize.

About this night

This is a super fun Edge Night that will require a lot of organization to run smoothly. The night begins with prayer and a brief introduction. Then the youth will break into teams and participate in a series of messy games. The youth minister or a designated Core Member should take the lead during the messy games and make sure that everything is explained well. Have the other Core Members facilitate the games and always be one step ahead in preparing for the next activity.

Before The Night

Send out some notice and tell all middle school youth to come dressed in clothes they do not mind getting messy and that are sports appropriate. All youth should wear a dark colored shirt (no white t-shirts). Have extra shirts just in case youth forget to bring an old one or brings a white shirt instead. Also, tell the youth to invite at least one friend who may not normally attend Edge, as this is a great way to do some evangelization and outreach.

Before the youth arrive make sure to have the environment set up and all the supplies for each game ready to go.

Environment

These activities should be done outside. Set up tarps on a flat surface and hose them down, add some dish soap to make them slippery. Put cones around the area so others know that it is off limits. Set up plastic bins to hold all the supplies for each game; this ensures that nothing is misplaced and the Core Members will be able to find it easily, and this also makes for smoother transitions between games. If you have an outdoor sound system, use it throughout the night. Also, it may be helpful to have a megaphone or air horn to signal the stop of one game and the start of another and to get the attention of the youth.

Supplies List

  • Ketchup (If you break into groups of ten, you will need two large ketchup bottles per group)
  • Fruit Loops (one box per 25 youth)
  • Peanut Butter (if there is an allergy you can substitute fluff or anything sticky, four large jars per 20 youth)
  • Dish washing soap (four bottles)
  • Large tarp (possibly two)
  • One snack pack pudding per youth
  • One spoon per youth (plastic)
  • Hose
  • Outdoor music
  • Megaphone
  • Five large buckets
  • Towels
  • Team awards

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