The goal of this Edge Night is to explore the prayer of praise and to help the youth see the importance of directing our lives to praising God through our heart and our actions.
Edge Night at a Glance
This night will be an invitation to “dive into the deep” through the prayer of praise. Praise is a way of praying that acknowledges God is God and we are God’s children. Praise is our appropriate response to God’s gracious blessings in our lives. Praise is unlike any other form of prayer because there are no written words to follow; praise gives each person the freedom to love God in the way they desire. Praise is just one of the many beautiful forms of prayer that the Church gives us. It is a powerful form of prayer that allows us to completely focus on the Lord’s goodness. Praise is the only appropriate response to the blessings that God has given us. The prayer of praise is simply a beautiful exchange between the Almighty God and His children. During this night, not only will we dive into the topic of praise, but we will also have an opportunity to actually praise together as a community!
This night will be set up with a swimming pool theme, and it will begin with some classic pool games such as “Marco Polo” and “Sharks and Minnows.” The whole group will be involved in the games. From the icebreakers, the night will transition into the Proclaim teaching on the prayer of praise. During small groups, the youth will have a discussion about praise and then brainstorm as many characteristics about God that they can think. Following small groups, the large group will gather again for the Send portion of the night. Not only will the youth learn about praise, but this is also the time that they will be given to actually praise in a community. This time of praise and worship will be led with music and will allow each person to express their love of God in their individual ways.