In this semester, we are presenting an overview of the books of Scripture, how they were written and how to read it. The middle school youth will have the opportunity to become familiar with the Bible and be exposed to several ways of praying Scripture. We strongly recommend that you have the youth bring a Bible each week or find a ministry at your parish that may be willing to purchase a Bible for each youth. Our hope is that by the end of this semester, your middle school youth will feel more comfortable with reading the Scriptures frequently.
- A Faithful Queen: An Edge Night on Esther
The goal of this Edge Night is to bring to life the story of Esther, one of the more prominent female characters of the Old Testament. This night will highlight the virtues of Esther and how we are all called to imitate those virtues in our own faith.
- Who’s Your King?: An Edge Night On David
The goal of this Edge Night is to provide the middle school youth with a clear understanding of the story of King David. They will see how their heart is similar to a kingdom in which God is called to be king. They will also learn about two of the biggest obstacles we face in the Christian life: fear and sin.
- The Buddy System: An Edge Night on Ruth
The goal of this Edge Night is to introduce the middle school youth to the biblical character of Ruth who was one of the significant women in salvation history and ancestress of David and most importantly, Jesus. The night will focus on Ruth’s obedience to God, specifically through faithful and selfless friendship.
- AN UNLIKELY LEADER: An Edge Night on Moses
The goal of this Edge Night is to identify the importance of Moses in salvation history. From learning about the life of Moses, the youth will identify that God is all-powerful and can do great things. It does require we trust in Him, like Moses and the Israelites did. Their forty years in the desert teaches us that the path may not always be easy, but it will be worth it in the end.
- A MOST BELOVED SON: An Edge Night on Joseph
The goal of this Edge Night is to introduce Joseph to the middle school youth as an example of trust and hope in God. The youth will explore what it really means to trust and how that trust can aid in other aspects of our faith, such as forgiveness. They will be encouraged to examine their own relationship with God and assess how willing they are to trust in His loving care.
- OUR HOPE AND OUR PROMISE: An Edge Night on Abraham
The goal of this Edge Night is to provide the middle school youth with a clear understanding of who Abraham was, what God asked of him, how it pertains to Christ’s sacrifice on the cross, and what it means for them as individuals.
- FORTITUDE IN THE STORM: An Edge Night on Noah
The goal of this night is to unpack the story of Noah and the great flood from Genesis in a way that encourages the youth to strive to practice the moral virtue of fortitude in their own lives. The youth will gain a different perspective on the story of Noah by seeing him as a model of fortitude and a foreshadowing of Jesus’ saving fortitude and obedience, even to death on a cross. Noah and Jesus both face difficult challenges in their lives, and the young people will learn how the story of Noah can give them hope and encouragement to weather any storm in their lives.
- WE ARE FAMILY: An Edge Night on Adam and Eve
The goal of this night is for the youth to learn that God loves us so much that He created us to not only be His children, but to actually be like Him. The lives of Adam and Eve teach us how much we are loved and how we separate ourselves from God when we do not trust Him. We also learn that God is a loving Father who never abandons us.
- Stories of Old: Parables
The goal of this Edge Night is to help the youth learn and know the purpose of the parables that Jesus used throughout His public ministry.
- Jesus Christ is Coming to Town: The Incarnation
The goal of this Edge Night is to help the middle school youth understand the four reasons God became man: to show us the love of the Father, to give us a model of holiness, to unite our human nature with the divine nature and for redemption.
- The Bestselling Book of All Time: Bible Timeline
The goal of this Edge Night is to help the middle school youth understand how the Bible was put together and that the Word of God is as living and active today as it was in the days of the biblical writers over 2,000 years ago who were inspired by the Holy Spirit.
- #Word of the Lord: Scripture in Your Everyday Life
The goal of this Edge Night is to introduce the middle school youth to the Word that can and should be a part of their everyday life. By the end of the session, the youth will have a better understanding of how Scripture relates to their lives and they will be equipped with tools that will help them to incorporate the Word into the issues they encounter every day.
- Crosswords: Lectio Divina
The goal of this Edge Night is for the middle school youth to understand what Lectio Divina is and how it can make Scripture come to life in their lives.
- To Pentecost and Beyond: The Early Church
The goal of this Edge Night is help the youth understand what life was like for the early Church – especially in the years that followed Jesus’ Ascension. The youth will also be challenged to live out their faith boldly.
- It Takes Two: Scripture and Tradition
The goal of this Edge Night to help the youth understand that Sacred Tradition and Sacred Scripture go together to reveal the great mystery of God.
- The Garden: Genesis 1 & 2 - Creation Narrative
Connect the middle school youth with the story of creation and the love of God. The middle school youth will also learn that man is the pinnacle of God’s creation.
- Can I Get an Amen?: Gospels and the Life of Christ
The middle school youth will become familiar with the life of Christ as it is written in the four Gospels.
- A Promise is a Promise: Covenants and Salvation History
The middle school youth will identify the covenants in the Old Testament that God made with His people (Noah, Abraham, Moses and David) and what it means to be a part of His family.
- Secret Admirer: Revelation of God
The middle school youth will understand that we can know God because He has revealed Himself to us. God’s revelation was fully given in Jesus and passed on to us through Sacred Scripture and Sacred Tradition.
- Old Made New: Introduction to the New Testament
The middle school youth will be introduced to the New Testament as a fulfillment of the Old Testament. The youth will identify the books and writings in the New Testament as well.
- Temptation: The Old Testament - Fall of Man/ Original Sin
The youth will understand that sin entered the world because of the disobedience of Adam and Eve, but from the very beginning God had a plan of salvation to restore our relationship.
- Leviti-What?: Introduction to the Old Testament
The middle school youth will learn about the 46 books of the Old Testament, the different types of writing in the Old Testament and the story of Salvation.
- FAQ: The Holy Bible
The middle school youth will learn about how the Bible was written and our approach when reading Scripture. The youth will also explore how the Bible can be read in different ways: literal, allegorical, moral and anagogical.
- Loving God in our Families: Ephesians 6:1-4
The middle school youth will consider how they experience the love of God in their families, and how following the example of Christ can enhance their family relationships.
- Loving God in our Schools: Sirach 6:7-17
The middle school youth will consider how they experience the love of God in their friendships, and how following the example of Christ can enhance relationships with friends.
- Moral Decision Making: Exodus 20:1-17
The middle school youth will learn how the Ten Commandments can guide their decisions. They also will draft their own “Ten Commandments for Middle School Youth Today.”
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