Goal of this Edge Night
The goal of this Edge Night is to help the middle school youth understand the Ascension and how each of them is called to carry out Jesus’ mission on earth.
Edge Night at a Glance
The Ascension of Jesus takes place forty days after His Resurrection. The Ascension is when Jesus ascends into Heaven to be seated at the right hand of His Father. He gives His disciples the final command to “Go make disciples of all nations” (Matthew 28:19) and then returns to the Father. This completes the Paschal Mystery and it also allows the Holy Spirit to descend upon the Apostles ten days later at Pentecost.
This night will have a theme: “rising up.” The Gather will encourage teamwork as groups compete to see how high they can construct a tower out of uncooked spaghetti noodles and marshmallows. After the Gather, the Proclaim will dive into the teaching on the Ascension and
focus on how Jesus prepared His apostles to “rise up” and spread His mission. During the Break, small groups will have time to discuss the main point from the Proclaim and begin to see how the Ascension applies to the lives of the middle school youth. The small groups will also have time for an individual reflection as well as creating a skit on one event of the Ascension. The night will conclude with a meditation and prayer that will encourage the middle school youth to “rise up” as disciples of Christ.