We know that questions about sexuality, physical development and self-esteem start early! First Church annually offers a comprehensive, faith-based curriculum that gives preteens a safe place to ask their questions and receive loving, honest answers. This curriculum also empowers parents to continue the conversation on sexuality at home.
This February, First UMC Lexington will offer our third annual Faith & Sexuality Retreat weekend for current 5th graders and their parents. Over the course of 12 hours of instruction, preteens will learn how wonderfully made their bodies are, how sexuality is a gift from God, and how to find answers to all their ongoing questions.
To learn more, see the FAQ below, or contact Sarah Flannery, Assistant Pastor at the Offerings Community.
Why only 5th graders? Because kids change so much from 4th-6th grade, mixing up age groups can be confusing for participants. Right now 5th s are just old enough to be able to understand and digest all this information, but also young enough to still be inexperienced and curious.
Why boys and girls together? In order to normalize and de-stigmatize conversations about sexuality, we want both boys and girls to learn understanding and respect for both sexes together.
How do you handle difficult topics? In this comprehensive curriculum, many difficult topics do come up. We define all terms matter of factly and acknowledge when there is disagreement about certain issues. We will uphold the United Methodist social principles for a nurturing community in every conversation and encourage all kids to talk more with their families at home.
Can we just do part of the retreat? This weekend has a natural progression and camaraderie of participants that only works if everyone participates 100%. We require that at least one parent attend the parent meeting on February 10 and ask that participants attend every session after that.
Sunday, January 26, 2020
1:30-3 pm – Mandatory Parent Meeting (childcare provided)
West Chapel, First UMC Downtown, 200 West High Street, Lexington, KY
Friday, February 21
6 – 9 pm – Student Session 1
Saturday, February 22
9 am – 6 pm – Student Session 2
(parents join from 5-6pm; childcare provided)
Deadline to register for this retreat is Sunday, January 26 at 11:59 pm.
The cost per 5th grader is $30, which covers materials, meals and snacks. Scholarships are available by e-mailing Sarah Flannery to request.
Flyer to Share
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Click here to register for the event!