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.
Edge Night at a Glance
This Edge Night will focus in on what life was like for the early Church and the life of the early Christians. After Jesus rose from the dead, there were 40 days before His Ascension where Jesus was with the disciples. Ten days later they experienced Pentecost, but what was next? The
Acts of the Apostles and the Letters from St. Paul give us good insight. In the days following the Passion, one might think that that would be an end.
However, at Pentecost, with an outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the world, the Church was born. This Edge Night will focus on what happened in the early Church: the believers were bold and shared their faith; the apostles preached with boldness; communities of faith were formed; people lived as Jesus taught and commanded. Because of this, extraordinary numbers were added and the Church began to grow and thrive.
Get the Edge Night started with a lot of energy – the youth should have a feeling that your parish is alive! After introductions, the youth will be challenged to answer the question: What next? The Proclaim will help the youth to understand what the early Church was like. Take some time to discuss and challenge the youth in small group to live as those early Christians. The night will conclude with a time of Adoration – be sure to keep the beginning of the Edge Night tight as to allow time for Adoration. There will a short small group activity as to allow more time for Adoration. However, if you are not able to do Adoration, see the Adaptation section of the night.