Created by God is the United Methodist human sexuality curriculum for 4th -6th Graders.
The materials are presented in workshop format.
It seeks to:
- affirm growth and change as part of God’s plan for life
- recognize and celebrate human sexuality as a good gift of God
- suggest guidelines for love-filled relationships
- challenge young people to assume responsibility for making wise choices
- open the lines of communication between parent and child
Created by God provides time for answering questions the students have about sexuality. All questions and discussion are within the context of respect for one another and the faith that sexuality is one of God’s good gifts. As with any gift, we are commissioned to be good stewards of that with has been received.
“We recognize the continuing need for full, positive, age-appropriate and factual sex education opportunities for children, young people, and adults…The Church offers a unique opportunity to give quality guidance and education in this area. . .”
— United Methodist Book of Discipline, ¶161, The Nurturing Community, Section G, Human Sexuality
Created by God workshops take 8 hours of student/leader time. Large group presentation, small group discussion, as well as frequent question and answer sessions fill the time spent together.
Created by God will be led by Rev. Kate May with assistance from Dana Hanlon, Director for Christian Education and Robert Chou, Director for Youth Ministries at Mount Pisgah UMC. Kate has many years of experience with tweens and has lead workshops all over the state each year and is a certified instructor in the Western North Carolina Conference UMC.
Our kids are so busy and/or probably won’t want to attend. How do we get them to come?
It’s up to the parents to have the children come – parents make the decision for the children. It is important kids get accurate, honest and biblically based information from the church in this safe, nurturing setting. It needs to be a priority over other weekly activities.
A child will never remember missing that one extra-curricular activity. This is a parent’s opportunity to use the Created by God workshop as a springboard to talking openly about human sexuality with his/her child for the rest of his/her life.
“It takes tact, grace, and wisdom to discuss these things with students without offending or embarrassing them or their parents. It is challenging but worth it. It is much easier for a middle school minister to teach a preventive message than it is for a high school minister to rewire students’ established bad habits. ”
— Kent Shaffer, churchrelevance.com
This weekend does involve a time commitment on the part of parent(s), student and leaders, but the benefit will be well worth the investment. The schedule for the event is as follows:
Friday, September 13 4:30 – 7:00 p.m Student Session and Dinner
7:00 – 8:30 p.m. Parents Only Session
Saturday, September 14, 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Student Session w/ Lunch
2:00 -3:30 p.m. Joint Session, Parent and Student
It is expected that students will be present for all student sessions and that at least one parent will participate in the parent only session as well as the joint session. We will have activities for the students during the parent session as well as childcare for any younger siblings. Childcare for siblings will also be available for the joint session. Reservations will be required.
To sign-up: Download the forms below and return them by August 28th along with your $40.00 for books and materials. Still have questions? To help you determine if this is the right time for your son or daughter to participate in this weekend we are having a special parent information session Sunday, August 25, at 11:15 am in the Page Sunday School class.