Thou Shalt Do!
The Ten Commandments
Edge Night Outline
Goal of this Night
The goal of this Edge Night is to help the youth understand God’s purpose and design in giving us the Ten Commandments – not simply as a set of rules, but as a way one should live his/her life.
About this night
The Ten Commandments are the most recognizable form of laws throughout the world. For centuries, these have been seen as laws or rules one should abide by in order to be obedient to God. Some, however, struggle that perhaps the Ten Commandments are outdated or no longer apply to our current life/situation. The new YOUCAT tells us: “No, the Ten Commandments are by no means the product of a particular time. They express man’s fundamental obligation toward God and neighbor, which are always and everywhere valid [2070-2072]” (351). The Ten Commandments are also not to be lived simply out of an obligation, but serve as a way to know and love God more deeply. The Ten Commandments established a covenantal relationship with His people. As a note, in the Catechism of the Catholic Church and in the YOUCAT, the sections on the Ten Commandments are rather extensive. We have placed where to find the Commandments in the reference section for the Edge Night – take time to read through at least one to two paragraphs on each Commandment. This will help you to understand the depth of each and our call to live them more faithfully.
This Edge Night will start with a fun game called, “Do This, Do That” to illustrate how we sometimes perceive the Ten Commandments are just a bunch of rules. This will be processed and followed up by an “interactive” talk that helps the youth to understand the reason God gave us the Ten Commandments and how we can live them out. During small group, the youth discuss the Ten Commandments and come up with a creative rap to share what they have learned. The night will close with a prayer service and the youth taking time to pray through how to live out the Ten Commandments.
You will need to create posters for the Closing Prayer ahead of time. On each poster, write one of the Ten Commandments large enough for the youth to see from where they are sitting. You will also need either Sticky Notes® or small squares of papers of similar size and tape. Have about five per youth.
During tonight’s Edge session, we discussed the Ten Commandments – not simply as a set of “do’s” and “don’ts” but as a way we can understand how to love God more. The Ten Commandments have been around for centuries and are still a part many societies today. Why? Because these laws were not just written on tablets, but God has also written them on our hearts. As St. Augustine said, “Our hearts are restless until they rest in you O Lord.” The first three commandments remind us that our hearts are restless and only find peace when we keep God first in our lives, attend Mass every week, and honor and respect His name. The rest of the commandments teach us that we are restless and if we try to find peace in other things (coveting other people’s goods or relationships) or lying, killing, or stealing. We find our peace when we follow God’s law.
Here are some questions to help start a conversation with your youth about what he/she learned during Edge:
- What did you learn about the Ten Commandments?
- Why are the Ten Commandments so important to us?
- Which of the Ten Commandments seem the hardest to understand/follow? The easiest?
You’ve always wanted to create an Edge Commandments, right? Here is your chance. Using large poster board or butcher paper, create your Edge Commandments for this night. Hang the posters around the room and consider handing out a set of the Edge Commandments to the youth as they walk in the door. Examples of what could be in your Edge Commandments: Thou shall not talk during prayer. Thou shall not tap your pen/pencil while someone is talking. Honor your Core Members. You shall love your youth minister. Have fun!
• Ten Commandment Posters
• Poster board
• Sticky Notes
• Handout: “Commandments and Love”
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