According to multiple confirming studies, the more important religion is to parents, the more difficult it is for those same parents to talk to their kids about sex.*
I get it! Talking about "it" can be awkward for both you and your teen, but get this: Studies have shown that for 12-to-16-year-olds, the more parents communicated with their kids about sex, the less likely their kids were to have sex prior to marriage**
And let's be honest, sexual activity isn't the only thing teenagers are facing. They are also being forced, at a very young age, to deal with questions concerning their sexuality (Heterosexual, Homosexual, Bisexual, Asexual, Polysexual, Pansexual) and their gender identity (Facebook provides 58 gender options). These issues are not only personal struggles for many teenagers, but too often they also become road blocks for Christians when desiring to share Jesus with their unsaved friends.
Because of that reason, I would like to invite you and your teenager to The Gospel and Sexuality Parent/Student Getaway. The hope for this overnight event is to help parents and their teens have healthy, gospel-centric conversations concerning sexuality, gender, and how we all can learn to better share Jesus with those struggling with these issues.
Don't worry; this overnight event is not "the talk", but instead, an opportunity for both parents and students to begin the conversation in obtaining biblical solutions for the questions culture is forcing us all to answer.
Here are some details concerning our trip.
WHO: Middle School-High School students and their parent(s). If a student's parent is unable to attend, students will need to find a surrogate adult for the weekend.
WHERE: Mt. Shepherd (1045 Mount Shepherd Road Asheboro, NC) Parents and students will be staying in either the lodge or cottage depending on size and breakdown of group size. Everyone will need to bring a towel, linens/sleeping bag, and pillow.
WHEN: March 24-25. Parents and students will need to arrive at Mt. Shepherd between 6:00pm and the start of our first session at 7:00 pm having eaten dinner prior to arriving. Sessions are scheduled to conclude around 2:00 pm on Saturday.
COST: $30 per person. This covers overnight lodging and Saturday's breakfast and lunch.
General Event Schedule
7:00 pm - Session One - The Gospel and Sexuality: How the Gospel shapes our understanding and approach to sexuality.
9:00 pm - Activities
8:00 am - Breakfast
9:00 am - Session Two - Sexual Innocence: Why you should pursue something better and what to do if you or someone you know doesn't.
10:30 am - Session Three - Sexual Desire: Sexuality
12:00 pm - Lunch
12:30 pm - Session Four - Gender Identity: Why male and female and why it matters.
2:00 pm - Departure
Pay the $30/per person registration (Choose "Other" for Giving Type then put "G&S" in Memo line)
Parents, it's no shock that you have a lot of questions when it comes to this event and how we will be addressing it's topics. MY hope is that we can have an informative discussion about this event, the need for it, what you can expect when attending and to answer any specific questions you may have. If you'd like to chat then please contact me by email at email@example.com or by phone (336) 665-1944.
Disclaimer - This event is not to be the end-all for all discussions involving sexuality, but rather an opportunity to break-the-ice and open-the-door, for parent(s) and students to talk about these topics more later. We highly recommend this event for any parent that has a 6th-grade student or older. Due to the nature of the event, parents should know that each session will approach these sensitive issues in a manner that looks to address their seriousness while desiring to neither sacrifice guidance nor sensitivity to the issue.
* Mark Regnerus, Forbidden Fruit: Sex and Religion in the Lives of American Teenagers (New York: Oxford University Press, 2007), pp.60-73.
** Melina M. Bersamin, Samantha Walker, Deborah A. Fisher, and Joel W. Grube, "Correlates of Oral Sex and Vaginal Intercourse in Early and Middle Adolescence, "Journal of Research on Adolescence, 16, no.1 (March 2006; pp.59-68.