You Call This Good?
The Passion of Christ
Life Night Outline
Goal of this Night
The goal of this Life Night is to draw the teens into a deeper understanding of the Passion of Jesus Christ. This Life Night will also address why teens experience suffering and how it relates to Christ’s Passion. Finally, this Life Night will help the teens understand the importance of obedience to the Father and His will for their lives.
About this night
This is the first of a three part series on the heart of Christianity: the Passion, death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ. Each of these nights will look different than a typical Life Night. This night begins with a light-hearted look at what we consider “good” and “bad” and how quickly we can change our minds about those labels. The teaching looks at the events of Good Friday and why they are truly good. The majority of the Life Night is spent walking and praying the 14 Stations of the Cross. The end of the night will give the teens an opportunity to join their cross with the cross of Christ.
This Life Night is about the suffering of Christ on the cross, known as His Passion. Far more than a movie, the cross is the place where Christ won forgiveness for our sins. Because we have a God who has suffered, we can trust Him in times of suffering. Your teen had the opportunity to pray the Stations of the Cross and unite their own sufferings with the suffering of Christ. This, hopefully, was a very powerful night for many teens. Take the time to talk and process the Life Night with your teen. Here are a few questions to get the conversation started:
- What stood out to you in the Life Night? Why?
- Why do you think that Jesus had to suffer and die?
- What impact does Christ’s Passion have in your life?
- What is the purpose of suffering? How can we unite our family with Christ?
The environment for this night should be very simple. The main room will be set for the gather activity with tape down the center of the room. One side should be labeled “good” and the other side should be labeled “bad.” In addition to the labels, fill each side with stereotypical “good” and “bad” things (i.e. puppies and candy vs. bullies and rotten food).
In addition to the main room, there needs to be space around the parish grounds (or in the sanctuary) for the Stations of the Cross. This will be the majority of the Life Night. Ideally, the stations should end in the sanctuary for closing reflection and prayer. Make sure to reserve the needed spaces well in advance.
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