Youth Family Guy/Gal Talk Series

lgogFBG’s Youth Ministry has a special “sex series” that occurs every three years. In today’s youth culture, sex is a topic that is crucially important to teens as they are at the ages when it can become an issue – both positive and negative. In addition to the bodily changes and conflicting emotions that come with puberty, there are ever-evolving challenges that continue to grow with every generation: internet, social media, body shaming, verbal and physical bullying, and increasing awareness of the LGBT community. While these topics come up throughout the year, the three-year rotation, in theory, allows youth to have intentional, safe and open discussions at least twice during their time in our Youth Family.

Starting Sunday, February 12, our Guy/Girl Talk Series will take place during our regular Sunday Night Live on five Sunday nights in February and March. On these nights, our schedule will be extended by 30 minutes (5:00 – 7:30 p.m.) to allow time for topics to be fully discussed and to not rush questions being answered at the close of each session.

2017 Guy/Gal Talk Series: Topics & Speakers:

• Sunday, February 12, 5:00-7:30pm Middle School and High School grades will alternate

o Self Defense – Terrance Brister, Essential Fitness of Greenville reality-based self-defense course instructor
This session strives to educate, empower and prepare teens to defend against common street attacks.

o Julie Valentine Center – Kateri Harper, community educator
The issues of interpersonal and dating violence will be discussed during this session.

• Sunday, February 19, 5:00-7:30pm Youth and youth parents will alternate

o Social Media – Rick Floyd, Greenville County School District in Information Security; retired Greenville City Police Officer extensively trained in computer forensic investigations
This session will educate about the dangers of the internet, cyber bullying and possible repercussions of sending inappropriate images over a computer or cell phone.

o LGBT Conversations

Over the past decade the debate and conversation about human sexuality, gender identity and diversity in North America has reached into every corner of our civil and religious lives. Kendra Plating will be moderating a panel discussion about sexual orientation, gender identity, and the relationship of these issues to God’s love and justice as a healthy practice in religious environments, particularly in adolescent and teenage groups.

Our church has a non-discrimination statement saying, “…First Baptist Greenville will not discriminate based on sexual orientation or gender identity.” As a ministry to this congregation, it is important we educate and support our youth in being non-discriminant and learning how best we can live in community together both in our church family and beyond. The panel will share stories of personal journeys, successes and challenges in their lives. With constructive conversation we will brainstorm ways to help our community be a welcoming place for everyone.

• Sunday, February 26, 5:00-7:30pm HIGH SCHOOL ONLY

o Guy/Girl Talk – Melisa Holmes, MD Pediatric & Adolescent Gynecologist at Greenville Health System.

As adolescence unfolds, changes in bodies and brains affect behaviors in a big way! This session is targeted to present a greater understanding of teen development, risky behaviors, and emerging sexuality along with some practical tools for promoting health and safety.

• Sunday, March 12, 5:00-7:30pm Middle School and High School Combined

o What do you want most out of life? Most of us would rank healthy relationships high on the list. You can make a pile of money, but if your relationships are broken or shallow, your life will be empty. A loving relationship with God is of first importance; but loving relationships with others is second. The Bible is all about these two important relationships. We will spend time discussing how the Bible describes healthy relationships and how to live in community with one another.

• Sunday, March 19, 5:00-7:30pm MIDDLE SCHOOL ONLY

o Guy/Girl Talk – Melisa Holmes, MD Pediatric & Adolescent Gynecologist at Greenville Health System

Risk taking and self-discovery are vital to the mid to late teenage years. This session offers a frank discussion about trends in teen sexual behaviors, promoting healthy sexual development which includes understanding healthy relationships, contraception, STI testing and prevention, and accessing healthcare.