Goal of the Edge Night
The goal of this Edge Night is to make the middle school youth aware of the dangers of drugs and alcohol and also our Christian responsibility as a middle school youth to resist the temptation to drink or do drugs.
Edge Night at a Glance
We often hear that the pressures that youth face today seem more difficult than they were in recent decades. Some psychologists and sociologists agree that there has been an age compression, meaning that what a sophomore or junior in high school faced and had to deal with is now what many middle school youth are facing. This includes the use of drugs and alcohol. Youth see many references and uses of drugs and alcohol in television shows, movies, music videos, video games, and the music they listen to. This night will discuss the dangers of drugs and alcohol, but also discuss with the youth the spiritual reasons we are called to be sober. This is a topic that the youth may think they know everything about because they hear about it in school. It is important to keep the focus of the night not just on the dangers of drugs and alcohol, but our Christian responsibility to be obedient to the laws of our land and the importance of staying sober so we can witness to others.
The Edge Night begins with a fun icebreaker that will certainly get the youth dizzy. The youth will compete in a “dizzy bat relay” and discuss what it felt like to be dizzy and try to accomplish a task. The Proclaim will break open that we are called to “sober and alert” so that we can serve the Lord. During small groups, the youth will further examine the issue of alcohol by reading a blog written by Mark Hart. Be ready to answer some tough questions. The night will conclude with the youth making a commitment to stay “sober and alert” and to develop a deeper relationship with Jesus.