God Save the Queen
Government and Social Justice
Life Night Outline
Goal of this Night
The goal of this night is to explore the connection between the Church’s social justice teaching and government policy and laws. In particular, this night will explore some of the current events (such as Immigration) and how the teens can get involved on a larger scale.
About this night
This night will require very careful and non-bias preparation on behalf of the youth minister and the Core Team. It is essential to point out that the Church does not endorse any political party but rather tries to help any and every government focus on the common good of all citizens. Christ makes it abundantly clear that proper government is necessary to enhance the development of every human person. A government who takes care of its citizens can enhance the recognition of the dignity of the human person.
The Life Night begins with a take off of the classic game “Simon Says.” After the game, the teaching for the night will help the teens understand how governments should always work to promote the common good of the society. During the Break, the teens will discuss different local laws and how they affect the community. The night closes by praying for current, local government officials.
Tonight’s Life Night will explain the role of government in the community. This night will not give preference to any specific political party or government but will rather look at how Christ recognizes the need for government. The night will point back to God’s governance over humanity as the perfect example for how governments should rule over their citizens. Great emphasis will be given to the common good and how this is achieved in any society. Here are a few questions to get the conversation going.
- What does it mean to you to be a faithful citizen?
- What local laws should we know more about?
- How can we as a family better support our local officials?
Have this night set up to look like the old British monarchy. The gathering space should look like a thrown room. Have a thrown in the front of the room. Choose one teen to be either the king or queen. It is good to use a government style that your teens are less familiar with to teach the lesson for this night from a non-bias point of view. Make sure that the thrown has a large scepter and crown to establish who is “in charge” of this night. Allow the teen chosen to see the outline for the Life Night as they sit on their thrown. Allow them to communicate to the “Governors” (Core Team and youth minister) whether they are pleased with certain portions of the night or not. They can determine who is allowed to have a snack and who does not get a snack…etc. Let this teen make big decisions that affect the flow of the night. This “king” or “queen” should sit on the thrown all night. But quietly remind them to be respectful during the presenter’s proclaim talk. Choose this teen wisely.
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