Edge Night Outline
Goal of this Night
The goal of this Edge Night is to introduce the middle school youth to the significance of Pentecost. We will help communicate how the Holy Spirit leads us and gives us life, and inspires us to do the work of the Church here in the world.
About this night
This Edge Night focuses on the Holy Spirit’s guidance of the Church. Present since the beginning of time with the Father and the Son, The Holy Spirit descended upon the Apostles at Pentecost and remains with us all today. Pentecost occurred ten days after the Ascension of our Lord and is considered the birthday of the Catholic Church. On that day, the disciples took up the mission of the Church to make disciples of all nations. The Holy Spirit continues to guide the Church and also guides us as disciples of Christ continuing the mission of the Church.
Tonight, the middle school youth are also on a mission. They will get a chance to compete in a particular mission and represent their small group in a larger mission. Through the Proclaim, the youth will be challenged to be disciples of Jesus and to live with a “spirit of power, love and self-control.” Small groups will focus on getting ready for the mission and the Closing Prayer will help empower them to go forth and begin their mission.
Tonight we talked about the Holy Spirit (Pentecost) and discipleship (being a follower of Jesus). The night was set up to let the youth know they are on a mission. As Catholics, we are on a mission that begins at our Baptism. Your youth was challenged tonight to recognize his/her mission and to be better prepared. The Holy Spirit was given to us to help guide our mission and give us gifts (wisdom, knowledge, understanding, courage, reverence, wonder and awe, right judgment) to help spread the Good News of Jesus Christ. It is our choice to accept this mission and to be a follower/disciple of Jesus.
Some discussion starters for the ride home:
1. Do you ever share your faith with your friends? Why or why not?
2. What is your mission as a Catholic Christian? How can the Holy Spirit help you in your mission?
3. How can we as a family help each other with our mission to follow Jesus?
Create a mission control room. Using old computer screens, keyboards, and other technical equipment, create your mission room. Hang signs that say “Mission Control” and others that tie into the night.
• Red and blue Solo cups (12 ounces or more)
• Poster board
• Seven candles
• Stands/tables for candles
• Signs for the Gifts of the Holy
• Handout A: “True
Discipleship” (page 18)
• Handout B: “Come Holy
Spirit” (page 19)
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