FBG’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 acceptance 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.

This year, our Guy/Girl Talk Series will take place over four Sunday nights in February and March from 5:00-7:30pm (2/12, 2/19, 3/12 and 3/19). On these nights, our regular Sunday Night Live schedule will be extended by 30 minutes to allow time for topics to be fully discussed and to not rush questions being answered at the close of each session.

A letter with more details will be mailed and emailed to all the families in our Youth Family. Please be sure you are on our mailing list if you would like to receive this information.

— Mary Carol

2017 GUY/GIRL TALK SERIES: TOPICS & SPEAKERS:

Sunday, February 12, 5:00-7:30pm

Middle School and High School grades will alternate

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • LGBT Conversations

Michelle McClendon, associate pastor of Providence Baptist Church, Hendersonville, NC

Over the past decade the debate and conversation about human sexuality and gender identity and diversity in North America has reached into every corner of our civil and religious lives. Too often these conversations are framed by political platforms. Constructive conversation about sexual orientation, gender identity, and the relationship of these issues to God’s love and justice is a healthy practice in religious environments, particularly in adolescent and teenage age groups.

Sunday, March 12, 5:00-7:30pm

MIDDLE SCHOOL ONLY

  • 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 19, 5:00-7:30pm

HIGH SCHOOL ONLY

  • 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.