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Steady Shelter

The Four Marks of the Church

Edge Night Outline

Goal of this Night

The goal of this Edge Night is to allow the middle school youth to grow in their knowledge of the unique characteristics of the Catholic Church, which are called the four marks of the Church. We profess our belief in the four marks every time we profess the Creed, “We believe in one, holy, catholic, and apostolic Church.” These defining characteristics form a foundation for the Catholic Church.

About this night

The topic of this night is the four marks of the Catholic Church as mentioned in the Creed: “We believe in the one, holy, catholic, and apostolic Church.” These four marks indicate the Church’s essential features and the mission that she carries out as given by Christ. The Church is one, holy, catholic, and apostolic not by her own power, but because the Church was founded by the divine person of Jesus Christ.

The theme of the night is Foundation – looking at the Four Marks and how they form the foundation for the Catholic Church. The night will begin with the game of Four Corners, which is a great way for the middle school youth to get out some energy and also meet new people. Then the night will move from this high-energy game into upbeat music; see the Media Suggestions or feel free to use any Christian music. This will transition into the Proclaim talk, which will dive into the four marks of the Church, beginning first with Christ and ending with our role as Catholics in the Church. From that point the teens will break into small groups for discussion and activities that emphasizes the main points of the talk. The night will end with an invitation to prayer and a commitment to put our lives on the foundation of the Church.

Parental Notice

Tonight we continue our look at the Catholic Church looking specifically at the Four Marks of the Church which we proclaim every week in the Creed: “We believe in the one, holy, catholic, and apostolic Church.” The theme of the night is steady shelter – the four marks form the four pillars of the Catholic Church of which we are all important members. The challenge that we made to your child tonight was not to build his/her life without the steady shelter of the Catholic Church. Here are a few discussion starters for the drive home:

1. What did you think of the night? Did you learn anything?

2. What are the four marks of the Church?

3. What does the word “catholic” mean? And how does the Church reflect this?

Environment

The environment for this night is simple; at the four corners of the room hang a poster board with a designated number, either 1, 2, 3, or 4. This will be used to play the game Four Corners. The front of the room will be the focal point for the talk; at the beginning of the night the front should be empty. During the Proclaim, the youth minister will be constructing a simple structure. You will need four 4×4 pieces of wood that are about two feet long. On each piece of wood have the words “One,” “Holy,” “Catholic,” and “Apostolic.” When the four pieces of wood are standing in a square structure, simply place a flat piece of plywood on top of the four pillars. This will form a structure that looks like a table or an altar.

Supplies List

• CD Players

• Poster Board

• 4 pieces 4×4 wooden planks

• A piece of ply wood

• Notebook paper

• Pens/pencils

• Note cards

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