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Faith & Sexuality: Sunday, February 17

All of life is a gift from God, and we are all made in the image of God. We are called to be good stewards of all that God has given us, including our bodies and our sexuality.

Because our faith informs and guides every part of our lives, we recognize the need to learn about sexuality within the context of the faith community. We believe that parents are the primary sexuality educators and faith educators of their children. Sexuality as part of God’s creation is good! Shared experiences in sexuality education can improve communication between youth and their parents as young people mature. Join us for three programs geared toward the needs of three distinct groups.

Middle School Youth AND Parents: 12:30-2:30 p.m., Fellowship Hall; lunch included ($5 each)

In the middle school group, we will explore our belief that sexuality is a gift from God, review some of the physical and emotional changes of puberty, talk about media and peer pressures, offer some time for answering questions, and help you begin larger conversations about sex, sexuality, and cultivating whole and happy lives as people of faith. Leader: Nicole Newton.

Elementary-age Parent Group: 3:30-5:00 p.m., Fellowship Hall

One of the toughest dilemmas in parenting can be navigating “the talk” with your children. This workshop is an opportunity to discuss ways to open up communication as your child grows, moving from “the talk” to an ongoing, open conversation about faith and sexuality. What is age-appropriate? How do you know what to say? How do you answer questions without panicking? What do you believe about sexuality? What does the church have to say about it all? Our goal is to help you set these and future conversations around puberty, adolescence, and sexuality within the context of faith and learn to share your values as you talk about these topics with your child. Leader: Nicole Newton.

High Schoolers (no parents): 6:00-8:00 p.m., Youth Center

Our high schoolers are faced with challenging decisions and pressures about how to express their sexuality in emotional, psychological, and age-appropriate ways. We will discuss how teens can see their sexuality as a gift from God. Youth will have an opportunity to talk through the differences between love and infatuation and will think through all of the ways we can care for one another while in relationships. Leaders: Kim McNeill and PYC Youth Advisors.

Nicole Newton is leading the Middle School Youth and Parents group and Elementary-age Parent group on February 17.

She is a chaplain at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center and Brenner Children’s Hospital in Winston Salem, NC. She holds a Master of Divinity degree from Wake Forest University School of Divinity and is completing a Master of Christian Education from Union Presbyterian Seminary. She discovered her passion for comprehensive faith-based sexuality education while serving as Elementary Ministry Coordinator at Myers Park Presbyterian Church.

Nicole is the mom of two wild and wonderful daughters and the wife of a very patient man. In her free time, she enjoys cooking for large crowds, traveling the world, and having silly dance parties in the kitchen.