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Fruit Loops and Afros

I was recently chatting with a youth minister about our memories of Edge. One of the things that stood out vividly for me was not an astonishing well executed talk – but rather the fact that I got to throw Fruit Loops at a guys face covered in shaving cream. Likewise, she was telling me all about how she remembered a kid who would hide seedpod burrs in his afro and then throw them at random times during the Edge Night.

Now I am not saying that we should throw all the catechesis to the wind and just play games, or let every kid with burrs in his afro run wild. But, I am a huge advocate of always remembering to have fun and to enjoy the weird quirks of your youth.

I know it was more than just games that kept me going to Edge and eventually led to my conversion to Catholicism. There were things that maybe my head didn’t understand that my heart did. There was something special about this place and these people. There was something more there, and I wanted to be a part of it – even if it was just the games that drew me in at first.

The important point to remember is that you never know which part of the Edge Night will reach particular youth. You can’t rely solely on your talks brimming with your theological wit and good looks to get the youth to fall more in love with Christ. It is important that you do every part of your Edge Night well. You never know if a youth will connect through a game, a Core Members mentorship, or in small group discussion. Each part should be given equal attention because not everyone experiences a growth in faith in the same way.

What I love about Edge is that it is a well-rounded approach to middle school ministry that gives you ample opportunities to reach different youth inspired by different things. As you evaluate your year or your last Edge Night, I challenge you to rethink your methods and recognize if you put more emphasis or time into one part of the night. Ask yourself what you can do to make each part of the Edge Night equally spectacular.

Oh and as for the kids with burr filled afros…good luck.

 

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About the Author

Amanda Grubbs

Amanda Grubbs is a graduate from Franciscan University with a degree in Theology and Catechetics with a concentration in Youth Ministry. She serves as the Edge Support Coordinator for Life Teen, and is actively involved at her local parish. She is a Colorado native, happily married, and loves all things fall (which is unfortunate when living in the middle of the desert). You can email her at agrubbs@lifeteen.com or follower her on Twitter @LT_AmandaG.

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