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The House That Christ Built

The Church – Established by Christ

Edge Night Outline

Goal of this Night

The goal of this Edge Night is to help the youth understand the Catholic Church is built upon the firm foundation of Jesus Christ and guided by the Holy Spirit to lead the faithful to salvation.

About this night

Welcome to the semester on the Church. Throughout this semester, the themes will help the middle school youth better understand various aspects of Catholicism. As a Core Team, take some time to reflect and pray about how this semester will unfold for you and the middle school youth. Have a Catechism of the Catholic Church available.

The Gospels reveal that Christ came to establish His church here on earth. In Matthew 4:17, Christ says, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” During His public ministry, Christ instituted the sacraments, called the twelve apostles, taught the faithful, cared for those in need, and gave His very life for the salvation of all. Christ then commissioned the twelve to go and make disciples of all nations, giving them authority to teach, govern and sanctify.  The Catholic Church is built upon the firm foundation of Christ’s life, teachings, miracles and sacrifice and He tells us, “the gates of the netherworld shall not prevail against it.” As the Psalmist writes, “Unless the Lord builds the house, its builders labor in vain” (Psalm 127:1).

Tonight we are talking about foundations. We are discussing that the foundation of the Catholic Church is firmly built upon Jesus Christ and we want to set a solid foundation for the upcoming semester. The youth will get a chance to build a house of cards and see how difficult it is when the foundation is shaky. The Proclaim will further illustrate the need to build our faith on the solid rock of the Church and why we need the Church. Finally, the youth will have an opportunity to see how God uses them to bring light to the world.

Parental Notice

Tonight’s discussion focused on the establishment of the Church. The beginning of the church is very much like the building of a house; the Father made a blueprint long ago of what His house (the Church) would be. Construction began with Jesus’ public ministry, where Christ gathered together his family/community and set up the structure of the house. This is complete with Christ’s total selfsacrifice at the cross. Throughout the semester, we will be journeying with the middle school youth to find out about the Church, and what we believe. We hope this sparks your child’s faith and gives him/her the freedom to ask questions and dive deeper into his/ her faith. We hope to provide a safe environment for questions and to express doubts and concerns. As the primary catechists of your child, it is important for God to be a part of the everyday conversations in your household. He must be a part of the infrastructure of your home. Take time through opportunities like car rides and meals to converse with your youth. Conversations help your youth to understand how important faith is to you and helps them to grow in knowledge of the Church. A solid foundation in Christ at home will allow catechesis at the Church a proper foundation to build upon. Questions for the ride home (or throughout the week):

1. Ask your child to share their collage with you and ask him/her the importance that our faith was started/built by Jesus Christ.

2. Your youth also has a personal challenge or commitment for the upcoming week/month. What commitment can you make as a family to grow together in faith and understanding of the Catholic Church?

Environment

In Matthew 7:24, Jesus tells us to be like the wise man and build our house on rock, not like the fool that builds on sand. Create an environment of various houses and foundations: Barbie house on a bed of sand, logs or Legos built on straw, model houses on a firm foundation, sand castle, house of cards (or any variation). The focus will be on both the foundation and the building.

Supplies List

• Decks of cards

• Magazines

• Scissors

• Glue

• Construction paper

• Votive candles (one per youth)

• Lighter

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