SOBER AND ALERT
An Edge Issue Night On Drugs and Alcohol
Edge Night Outline
Goal of this Night
The goal of this Edge Night is to make the middle school youth aware of the dangers of drugs and alcohol and also our Christian responsibility as a middle school youth to resist the temptation to drink or do drugs.
About this night
We often hear that the pressures that youth face today seem more difficult than they were in recent decades. Some psychologists and sociologists agree that there has been an age compression, meaning that what a sophomore or junior in high school faced and had to deal with is now what many middle school youth are facing. This includes the use of drugs and alcohol. Youth see many references and uses of drugs and alcohol in television shows, movies, music videos, video games, and the music they listen to. This night will discuss the dangers of drugs and alcohol, but also discuss with the youth the spiritual reasons we are called to be sober. This is a topic that the youth may think they know everything about because they hear about it in school. It is important to keep the focus of the night not just on the dangers of drugs and alcohol, but our Christian responsibility to be obedient to the laws of our land and the importance of staying sober so we can witness to others.
The Edge Night begins with a fun icebreaker that will certainly get the youth dizzy. The youth will compete in a “dizzy bat relay” and discuss what it felt like to be dizzy and try to accomplish a task. The Proclaim will break open that we are called to “sober and alert” so that we can serve the Lord. During small groups, the youth will further examine the issue of alcohol by reading a blog written by Mark Hart. Be ready to answer some tough questions. The night will conclude with the youth making a commitment to stay “sober and alert” and to develop a deeper relationship with Jesus.
Tonight was discussed the issue of alcohol and/or drugs during our Edge session. Today’s youth are lured into drinking and drugs through the current culture that expresses the idea that if it feels right, do it. Middle school youth desire to be grown up and feel drinking/drugs will provide them the feelings of being grown up and mature. Some youth will drink because they are trying to escape from their emotions and problems they are facing. Whatever the reason, statistics show that youth who begin drinking in middle school have a greater risk of becoming an alcoholic by the time they are 18 years old. Alcohol and drugs also damage their brains and physical development during this time of changes and growth. Although the Bible does not say that drinking is a sin, tonight we examined Scripture verses about the dangers of underage drinking and the importance of staying sober and alert. Talk with your child about his/her feelings about drinking. Also share with your child your families guidelines/rule and expectations when it comes to alcohol and drugs. Here are some questions for the ride home:
- What did you learn tonight about underage drinking and drug use?
- How can we as a family support you to resist temptations to drink or use drugs?
- Have you ever felt your problems were so bad that you wanted to drink or use drugs?
Create an environment where everything seems upside down. Hang posters upside down, turn some chairs on their backs, and possibly start the Edge Night from another part of the room than the youth are used to in order to create a feeling of being off balance. You could even have the Core Team wear tie-dyed funky shirts to add to the dizziness.
• Baseball bats
• Poster board
• Handout A: “Thinking About Drinking?”
• Nice journal or notebook
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