Edge Nights occur every week. At St. Priscilla, Edge Nights are every Thursday when school is in session.
The Edge year is divided into two semesters: fall and spring. The fall and spring semester each have a catechetical theme or focus. The semester topic may be based on the diocesan requirement for middle school catechesis or may be chosen from the many topics covered in our Edge resources.
Issues that affect middle school youth are also dealt with at The Edge. Concerns such as gossip, family, divorce, peer pressure, apathy, stress, temptation, abortion, chastity, euthanasia, the death penalty, racism, materialism, self-image, drugs and alcohol and death are just some of the possible issues that can and should be addressed. Each of these Issue Edge Nights present the youth with the Church's teachings on the issues they face everyday.
The Edge also has social activities that are designed to create a greater sense of community among our middle school youth. Activities such as a game night, swimming party/barbecue, movie night, cosmic bowling, ice/roller skating, volleyball are just some of the social activities middle school youth enjoy.
In a typical month's period of time, a parish would typically have 4-5 Edge Nights: 2-3 catechetical/educational nights, 1 issue night, and possibly 1 social night. During the summer, The Edge does not meet every week, but gets together periodically for spiritual and social activities. Doing community service projects and combining it with social activities during the summer is an excellent way to keep middle school youth active.
Retreats are a vital component to middle school ministry. Retreats can be over a weekend, over one night, or just a day retreat. Regardless of the length, a retreat is an opportunity for middle school youth to get away and to focus on deepening their relationship with Jesus. Many different types of activities, sessions and liturgical prayer experiences take place on retreat. As part of Edge Support many retreat outlines are available.
Service activities and projects are an important aspect of faith development in middle school youth. Serivce projects are an excellent way for middle school youth to know that they are meeded now, not just when they are older, by the Catholic community to help build up the Body of Christ. It helps kids to see that they can make a difference. Along with the weekly experience at Edge Night, the early adolescent needs and wants the opportunity to to be able to put their Catholic faith to work through service.
The intent of this middle school ministry component is to sow the seeds of Christian service early in an individual's life. By assisting the early adolescent make a lifelong commitment to acts of charity, they become more compassionate towards others, especially the poor and marginalized. Being of assistance to others gives early adolescents the opportunity to put their faith into practice. Christian service also assists the preadolescent to feel good about him/herself. This is especially useful in light of the psychological and physical changes that are wreaking havoc with their self-esteem.
Parents are the primary catechists of their middle school youth, and The Edge needs to help support them in this role. The parent component is designed to assist parents in raising their middle school youngster. Edicuational classes and sessions on middle school psychology, personality development, physical development and issues affecting pre-adolescents can be offered while their kids are meeting at The Edge. Parents of Edge youth can also be part of Parent Life, Life Teen's parenty ministry.