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Rise Up

The Ascension

Edge Night Outline

Goal of this Night

The goal of this Edge Night is to help the middle school youth understand the Ascension and how each of them is called to carry out Jesus’ mission on earth.

About this night

The Ascension of Jesus takes place forty days after His Resurrection. The Ascension is when Jesus ascends into Heaven to be seated at the right hand of His Father. He gives His disciples the final command to “Go make disciples of all nations” (Matthew 28:19) and then returns to the Father. This completes the Paschal Mystery and it also allows the Holy Spirit to descend upon the Apostles ten days later at Pentecost.

This night will have a theme: “rising up.” The Gather will encourage teamwork as groups compete to see how high they can construct a tower out of uncooked spaghetti noodles and marshmallows. After the Gather, the Proclaim will dive into the teaching on the Ascension and focus on how Jesus prepared His apostles to “rise up” and spread His mission. During the Break, small groups will have time to discuss the main point from the Proclaim and begin to see how the Ascension applies to the lives of the middle school youth. The small groups will also have time for an individual reflection as well as creating a skit on one event of the Ascension. The night will conclude with a meditation and prayer that will encourage the middle school youth to “rise up” as disciples of Christ.

Parental Notice

This night is all about the Ascension of Jesus. This is the end of Jesus’ earthly ministry when He returns to be with His Father in heaven. But before Jesus departs from this earth, He prepares His disciples and leaves them with the final instructions to make disciples of all nations, baptizing them and teaching them (Matthew 28:19-20). This is our same mission today — to carry on the saving mission of Jesus. Here are some questions to discuss with your child:

  • How long was Christ on earth before he ascended to heaven?
  • What did he do in his final days?
  • How can we apply Jesus’ final instructions to his Apostles to our family?

Environment

With the theme “Rise Up,” the environment should reflect heaven or above the clouds. In order to create this you can put clouds around the room in the form of drawings or cotton. You can place clouds on the stage or front of the room to make it appear you are above the youth. You may also take boxes and make them look like the tops of buildings creating the allusion that you are rising above them.

Supplies List

• Poster board to make clouds for the environment

• Music player and speakers during the meditation

• Paper

• Pen

• Uncooked spaghetti noodles

• Mini marshmallows

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