Goal for the Life Night
God's Plan for His People
Life Night Outline - January 8, 2012
The goal of this night is to introduce the semester on Social Justice and the social dimension of God’s love for his children by exploring the social dimension of the Beatitudes.
Life Night at a Glance
This Life Night is the first night of the Social Justice semester. Before talking about specific issues of social justice, the teens must first know what God desires for his children. This night will explore the ideas of happiness, community and the role of the Beatitudes in the Christian life. The night beings with a challenge to get to know others in the youth group without talking to one another and then a game. The teaching for this night will focus on God’s desire for our happiness and our need for community. The Break will explore the social dimensions of the Beatitudes and how they fit into the teens’ lives as a guide to true happiness. The Send will give the teens an opportunity to be prayed over by the Core team for an outpouring of grace for a specific Beatitude.
Matthew 5:1-6, John 17:1-3, 18:37-38, Romans 12:4-5
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This night will set the tone and energy for the rest of the semester, so the environment should do the same! This semester, and this night in particular, is all about community. We will make Room 4 feel as crowded as possible. All activities (including our meal) will be contained within Room 4. We will have cut out silhouettes of people from black butcher paper and hang them around the room. In between the silhouettes and hanging from the ceiling will be pictures of the teens and other people from your parish. The room should feel very crowded. To add to the effect, we will have audio of people/crowd noise and video clips of large groups of people playing simultaneously.
Pizza, Tossed Salad w/Dressing, Vanilla and Chocolate Ice Cream
Media Kit, Name Tags,
Welcome & Introductions
The youth minister gathers the group together and welcomes everyone to the Life Night. Because this is the first night in a new semester, the Core members should introduce themselves as well. After the youth minister welcomes all the teens and introduces the Core, he should share the semester theme and give the teens an opportunity to meet each other. Instruct the teens that they have five minutes to meet as many new people as
they can. The catch is that they cannot talk to each other. Challenge them find out at least one thing about each new person.
Breaking Bread & Fellowship