The goal of this Edge Night is to help middle school youth grow in relationship with Christ through prayers of thanksgiving. This night will give the middle school youth an opportunity to share what they are thankful for.
Edge Night at a Glance
The topic of this night is the prayer of thanksgiving. When we give thanks to God, we remember that we have been created in His image and that He is our Creator. Through these prayers, we grow in our awareness that everything we have been given comes to us as a gift from God’s unconditional love for us. In Scripture, we are instructed to give thanks to God for everything and at all times. The way that we can give glory to God through our joys and sorrows is through our prayers of thanksgiving. Giving thanks to God also helps us to understand that God has a plan for our lives and He will never leave or forsake us.
The night will begin with a fun game of “Simon Says: Giving Thanks Edition.” Encourage everyone to participate. Have a fun prize available to give to the winner(s). The night will transition into the teaching on the prayer of thanksgiving. During small groups, the youth will discuss the main points of the Proclaim and they will fill out Lord, I Give You Thanks (Handout A on page 23). This will allow the youth to express what they are thankful for in their lives. The closing prayer will give the youth the opportunity to voice one of things for which they are thankful.