Once Upon A Time
Scripture Semester Introduction, God's Story & Our Story
Life Night Outline
Goal of this Night
The goal of this night is to introduce the semester on Scripture. This Life Night will help the teens understand that they, even now, are characters in the story of salvation. The teens will also learn about the power of the Word and its central place in the Catholic faith.
About this night
This Life Night begins a new semester on Scripture. It is important to take time to gather as a Core team to reflect and pray about how this semester will unfold for the teens in the community. To help prepare, watch the semester introduction found on Life Teen Video Support 9 and read through the Core Catechesis section of this book found on pages 5-6.
This Life Night begins by taking the teens back to their childhood storybooks. As the teens enter, they will be given a snack and an opportunity to socialize. After a brief time of introduction and a get-to-know-you game, the teens will compete in a competition where they will guess the names of children’s stories or nursery rhymes through either live charades or a taped skit. The competition will lead into a teaching on God’s revelation in Scripture and practical ways Scripture can become part of their daily lives. The Break will give the teens an opportunity to write their story or testimony down as a way to see how their story fits into God’s story. The night will end with a time or prayer and veneration of the Word.
This week begins a new semester on Scripture. We will be discussing how God is revealed to us through Sacred Scripture and how we have a part in His story of salvation. Here are a few follow up questions for you and your teen this week:
- What is your favorite Scripture verse?
- How have you seen God moving in your life? Where does your story fit into God’s story?
- Do you believe that God is truly present in Scripture?
- How can we as a family better incorporate Scripture into our home?
Story Time! The environment for this night are childhood storybooks and nursery rhymes. Out of large cardboard boxes or poster board, re-create storybook covers like “Three Little Pigs,” “Little Red Riding-Hood,” “Humpty-Dumpty,” “Goldie Locks and the Three Bears,” etc. Hang the book covers on the walls or for an added effect, from the ceiling with fishing wire. In the front of the room have a large blanket and rocking chair as well as a bookshelf full of children’s books.
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