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Returning Again

Resurrection of the Body and Life Everlasting

Edge Night Outline

Goal of this Night

The goal of this Edge Night is to help the middle school youth learn about life after death and the reuniting of the body and soul at the end of time.

About this night

The last line of the Creed is one that interests most of us. We want to know what happens when we die and what heaven is like. The middle school youth will be no different. What is to come is a mystery. Scripture does not give us a clear and concise picture of life after death. However, Scripture does tell us that the faithful will be with God in heaven and that this full communion with God is far beyond any joyful experience here on earth. Scripture also tells us that when Christ returns “…we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is (I John 3:2). St. Paul writes, “For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we shall be changed…this mortal nature must put on immortality” (1 Corinthians 15:52-53). We come to better understand this with the accounts of Jesus’ appearance after His resurrection. People did not recognize Him at first because of His glorified body. When we die, our souls will be separated from our bodies. The body decays while the soul goes to God. On the “last day” when Jesus returns again, the body will be resurrected and the soul and body will be reunited. We will no longer be in our lowly, fallen bodies, but our glorified bodies. Jesus made this possible when He rose from the dead on the third day.

This Edge Night begins with a game of toilet paper dodgeball where one person can “resurrect” his teammates and bring them back into the game. This game leads to a teaching on the Resurrection of the Body where the youth will understand that it is Christ that makes it possible to for us to be resurrected from the dead. A question and answer time will follow for the youth to have all of their questions answered regarding life after death. Finally, the Core will wrap up the semester by inviting the youth to stand for their faith.

Before The Night 

Invite a priest, deacon or a theologian well versed in this subject to attend the Edge Night for the question and answer session. Give plenty of warning about the topic so there is plenty of time to prepare. Also, give the speaker the time frame for the Q&A session so he/she knows how long each answer should be.

Note: If your pastor is joining you in the middle of the Edge Night, please inform him that you are playing toilet paper dodgeball so that he does not get upset when he walks in and sees the room covered in toilet paper.

Environment

Make the environment fun, but keep most of the room open for the opening icebreaker. The night focuses on “life everlasting.” You could also put “thought” bubbles around the room with questions that might come up during the night: “Where is heaven?” “What happens when I die?” “Will I have the same body forever?”

Supplies List

Rolls of toilet paper

Pens/pencils

Index cards

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