6th–12th grades & Parents of Rising 5th–12th grades

FBG’s Youth Ministry has a special “sexuality 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: the internet, social media, body shaming, verbal and physical bullying, and increasing awareness of and being advocates for the LGBTQ+ 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.
Our sessions this year will include: healthy relationships, self-defense, LGBTQ+ education, drugs & alcohol safety, and social media & cell phone safety. We are excited to have Dr. Melisa Holmes, co-founder of Girlology and mom of three, back with us for another round of her fabulous development, body image and sex talk. Our Sexuality Series will take place during our regular Sunday Night Live on six Sunday nights in February and March. On these nights, our schedule will be extended by 30 minutes (5:00-7:30pm) to allow time for topics to be fully discussed and to not rush questions being answered at the close of each session.
In addition, we will provide a Parent Sex Series that will run simultaneously with our youth sessions. We will offer at least three evenings for youth parents to learn and have important conversations about raising teenagers. Topics will include: Parenting best practices potluck dinner party, preventing sexual abuse/violence, social media & cell phone safety and LGBTQ+ education. Please mark February 23, March 1, and March 8 on your calendars.
Contact Will or me with any questions or concerns you have about our upcoming sexuality series. Sessions will often be divided by age group to allow age appropriate questions and conversations. This also helps our teenagers feel more comfortable speaking up in a group.
—Mary Carol

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