Life Night Outline
Goal of this Night
This Life Night will introduce the concept of the complementary nature of the sexes and challenge teens to see members of the opposite sex as reflections of God and as a “help” for their own gender.
About this night
This night begins the Life Night series “Life, Love, and the Pursuit of Happiness,” which has been based around Bl. John Paul II’s audiences, “Man and Woman He Created Them: A Theology of the Body.” It begins with a fun game that illustrates that men and women complement each other and are better together than they are alone. This game transitions into a video that provides a humorous look at things that do not complement men and women and this provides a foundation for the teaching of the Life Night. The Break gives teens the opportunity to break open the teaching through small group discussion and allows them to build community and trust with the other teens who will be in their small group this semester. The Send is a time of prayer that will give each gender the opportunity to pray over the other for the grace to live as holy disciples of Christ.
This week at Life Night we discussed the complementary nature of men and women. We began by playing a game that gave us a practical example of how men and women work better together than they do alone, and why men and women need each other. From there we looked at Sacred Scripture and the creation narratives in order to understand why God created men and women and how men and women are made in God’s image in likeness. We challenged the teens to understand that men and women are given great dignity as creatures made in the image and likeness of God, but this equality does not mean that men and women are the same. Each gender has important differences that complement the other. Because of these differences, each gender is made to be a “helper” for the other. The teens had an opportunity to discuss this in small groups and then closed the night by praying over members of the opposite gender.
This night had a lot of material in it that your teen may still need time to process. The idea that men and women are “equal but different” can be challenging when teens often think that being “equal” means being the “same.” Take time to discuss this distinction with your son or daughter. You can use the following questions to begin a discussion:
- What are some of the unique ways men and women reveal God? How do men and women do this differently? Why do you think that this is important?
- What was one new thing that you learned? How did this Life Night change the way you view the relationship between men and women?
The environment for this Life Night should be set up with items that complement each other (e.g. ketchup and mustard, peanut butter and jelly, socks and shoes). Have these items hanging up on walls and from the ceiling. Create two large puzzle pieces out of butcher paper and hang them on the wall in the front of the room.
For the opening game have three pads of paper and markers, or small whiteboards and markers, set up at a table in the front of the room. Have a podium off to the side for the game show host. Be creative with the game show stage; the cheesier the better. Have a whiteboard set up to keep score.
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