Is Prayer Really That Important?
Edge Night Outline
Goal of this Night
The goal of this Edge Night is to help the youth understand that prayer is a vital part of the Christian life and that in praying without ceasing, we can constantly seek God’s will for our lives and share His love and goodness with others.
About this night
As we wrap up this semester on prayer, we have a valuable opportunity to encourage our young people and remind them of the importance of an active prayer life. In Gadium et Spes, Pope Paul VI explains, “The root reason for human dignity lies in man’s call to communion with God. From the very circumstance of his origin man is already invited to converse with God. For man would not exist were he not created by God’s love and constantly preserved by it; and he cannot live fully according to truth unless he freely acknowledges that love and devotes himself to His Creator” (19). Each of us is created for communion with God. We rely upon the nourishing and life changing love of God to guide us through life, teach us how to live, and become more fully who He has created us to be. In sharing this with our young people, we need to give them concrete and attainable ways to integrate prayer into their life every day and in every circumstance.
The session begins with a fun and challenging interactive game to get the youth thinking about the importance of communication. The teaching encourages the youth to live their whole life as a prayer. Looking at the example of Mary’s life, the youth are challenged to attune their hearts to the Lord and seek His will for their lives. The Break opens up some discussion about the ways we pray and the goals we have for continually improving our prayer life. Then each youth will have the opportunity to make a prayer plaque to bring home as a reminder of the necessity of prayer. The Send will continue a time of praise and worship and a decade of the Rosary.
Before the Edge Night
Have all the blindfolds and rope cut and ready for the opening game. Purchase small wooden plaques and paint pens or permanent markers from a craft supply store. Invite your music minister to lead praise and worship at the end of the night.
During this Edge Night we wrapped up the entire semester on prayer and talked to your child about the importance of praying.Here are some questions to help start a conversation with your youth about what he or she learned during Edge:
- What is one new thing you learned about prayer?
- What are some ways to make your life a continuous prayer?
- How can our whole family be more attuned to the heart of God each day through prayer?
The room should be set up with a reflective atmosphere. Use white sheets or other fabric to cover the walls and tables, use lanterns and Christmas lights to decorate. Consider having some of the teaching points from the other Edge Nights this semester written out on signs or banners (or rotating power point slides) to remind the students of all they have learned about praying. If you are doing the opening game in the same room as your regular meeting space, have the portion of the room you will use for the Proclaim and Send partitioned off.
- Blindfolds (1 per youth)
- 30 feet of rope (1 per small group)
- Small blank wooden plaques (1 per teen)
- Paint pens or permanent markers (a handful for each small group)
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