To Pentecost and Beyond
The Early Church
Edge Night Outline
Goal of this Night
The goal of this Edge Night is help the youth understand what life was like for the early Church – especially in the years that followed Jesus’ Ascension. The youth will also be challenged to live out their faith boldly.
About this night
This Edge Night will focus in on what life was like for the early Church and the life of the early Christians. After Jesus rose from the dead, there were 40 days before His Ascension where Jesus was with the disciples. Ten days later they experienced Pentecost, but what was next? The Acts of the Apostles and the Letters from St. Paul give us good insight. In the days following the Passion, one might think that that would be an end. However, at Pentecost, with an outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the world, the Church was born. This Edge Night will focus on what happened in the early Church: the believers were bold and shared their faith; the apostles preached with boldness; communities of faith were formed; people lived as Jesus taught and commanded. Because of this, extraordinary numbers were added and the Church began to grow and thrive.
Get the Edge Night started with a lot of energy – the youth should have a feeling that your parish is alive! After introductions, the youth will be challenged to answer the question: What next? The Proclaim will help the youth to understand what the early Church was like. Take some time to discuss and challenge the youth in small group to live as those early Christians. The night will conclude with a time of Adoration – be sure to keep the beginning of the Edge Night tight as to allow time for Adoration. There will a short small group activity as to allow more time for Adoration. However, if you are not able to do Adoration, see the Adaptation section of the night.
Be sure to ask a priest or deacon to be present for Adoration. Also, ask your musician to help provide worship music for the Edge Night.
Now what? Your child was challenged to think of what happened after Pentecost. On the day of Pentecost, the disciples were gathered in the “upper room” and fearful. As the Holy Spirit came upon them, however, their faith was ignited and the Church was born. The apostles went out, preaching and teaching as they had seen Jesus do and as Scripture tells us, many believers were added to the faith. We shared with the youth tonight how important it is for us to learn our faith so that we can both live it and share it. We also are called to live in community so that we can support one another and call each other to holiness.
Here are some questions to help start a conversation with your youth about what he/she learned during Edge:
- What do you think life was like for early Christians?
- Why was it important that the apostles and disciples were “sent out”?
- How is our parish like one of the early communities that you talked about tonight?
- How can we as a family help to share our Catholic faith?
Create an “upper room” feel at the front of the room. Use wooden chairs and a rustic looking wooden table. Have the chairs pushed away from the table and maybe even one turned on its back to show it has fallen over after someone left. If you have the capability, create one wall with a wooden door. The key is – to make it look as if everyone has left in a hurry. They haven’t left in a hurry to leave town, but to spread the Gospel.
• Poster board
• Handout: “Lord, Help Me”
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