Blog/CYM Blog IT’S A BIRD, IT’S A PLANE …. by Amanda Grubbs It’s a flying Edge Box! (But seriously be careful some of those UPS guys can fling boxes like no one’s business). There is some high flying fun heading your way in this March Edge Support Box. This is the second bonus semester of Edge Support in which we step outside of our regular cycle of topics to bring you some pure, fun, awesomeness. This semester is all about the fruits of the Holy Spirit based off of the stories of different superheroes. Why superheroes you may ask? Well, first of all, it is simply fun. Secondly, it is an excellent way to help the youth recognize Christian themes in pop culture giving them not only a lens through which to filter the content they take in but also as a great starting point and conversation starter when they talk to their friends and family about faith. For example, “Hey, did you see the new Captain America movie? Well, we just learned about how Captain America is an example of modesty and chastity, I know crazy right!? Let me tell you how.” Five minutes later, “Sure you can come to Edge and Mass with me next week.” See it works! This possible, real life conversation brings me to my third point; the Hero semester is great to invite youth who may not usually come to Edge. The superhero theme of each night is a great icebreaker and way to draw the youth in to learn more about the faith. The fun doesn’t stop there! This box also has an incredible resource for the Year of Mercy and an entire retreat written on the Messages of Divine Mercy. And don’t miss out on this edition of Amplify Magazine featuring articles from some extraordinary youth ministers around the country, and Canada! And just when you thought it couldn’t get any better… A brand new redesigned Edge Support is coming August 2016! What is that going to look like you may ask? We will have more information coming soon along with renewals, and, even more, information at this year’s Catholic Youth Ministry Convention. Speaking of which, have you registered, yet? Remember, in order to be a part of all the exciting new things happening for Edge you need to renew your subscription which you can do online starting April 4th. Or if you are brand new, and were drawn in by your die hard, nerdy, comic book self to reading this blog, sign up for Edge Support and see what all the excitement is about! Thank you all for all that you do, and I can’t wait to see what you put together for this semester. Be sure to tag #LifeTeen in all your social media posts about Edge so we can share in the superhero fun and see all the great things you are doing for the Year of Mercy! Be assured of my prayers and please feel free to contact me with any questions, concerns, or suggestions.