Filling the Gap

Church's Concern and Our Awareness

Life Night Outline

Goal of this Night

The goal for this night is to look at how the Church seeks to care for all people.  This night will challenge the teens to be aware of the needs of their community and act for its good.

About this night

This Life Night seeks to help the teens understand their role in working for the common good of society. This Life Night begins with a fun game of zombie tag (a take off of the classic “tag” game). After the game the night will lead into a teaching that breaks open the theme of mercy in action. After the teaching the teens will break up into small groups to discuss how specific scenarios affect the dignity and common good of the larger community. The night will close with a time of prayer challenging the teens to think about how they can fill the gap in their own community.

Parental Notice

The Life Night this week continues the discussion on the topic of social justice. This week we are looking at the common good of the society and how we are called to care for those in our community. This week take some time to seek how you and your family can be involved in serving the community in a few specific ways. Here are a few discussion questions for the week to get the conversation going.

  • What needs do you see in our community?
  • How can we as a family serve those needs together?
  • How can we incorporate the Corporal Works of Mercy into our family’s service?
  • How can I pray for you this week?

Environment

*The environment for this night will show the contrast of rich and poor. Split the meeting space into thirds. On one third of the room depict images and items that are considered “rich.” Have images like large, extravagant houses, expensive jewelry, and cars. On the other side of the room depict the “poor.” Have items like trash, cardboard boxes, sleeping bags, shopping carts, and dirty clothes. Rope off each of the sections as to make them more of a display. In the middle section place a half finished bridge that will connect the “rich” side and the “poor” side.  Build the bridge out of wood, rope or other materials. Build all but the walking path of the bridge. The planks for the bridge should be left to the side of the bridge and cut into small strips to accommodate for many teens. The path will be created during the Send portion of the night.

*The images of “rich” and “poor” may be different for your particular community. Be sensitive to the images and items you depict.

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