Parents and Preteen Retreat

Parents and Preteen Retreat

Working together with the church to share values and shape character gives parents the opportunity to have a bigger influence in the life of their child.

When it comes to sexual integrity - when a child guards his/her potential for intimacy through appropriate boundaries and mutual respect - kids have a lot of different influences and most of them are not the influences we want. Social media, television, movies, friends, all have something to say on the matter. And if parents and the church stay silent, these negative influences will shape our children's sexual integrity.

If the church and parents come together and speak about sexual integrity with kids, if we share with them the same values-centered sex education, we can raise kids who live with sexual integrity.

Leading children to sexual integrity happens in phases:

In preschool, parents will introduce children to their body by naming body parts, acknowledging differences between males and females and defining privacy.

In elementary school, parents will inform children about how things work by giving simple answers to biological questions, talking about boundaries, and improving relational skills.

In middle school, parents will interpret what is changing by answering questions about sex in detail, (If you don't the internet will!) increasing positive affirmation and affection, and agreeing on boundaries and helping them script responses.

In high school parents will coach children toward healthy relationships by talking about dating values, creating a response plan for when you find something you aren't expecting, and utilizing other influences like a weekly small group leader.

This retreat is not about teaching fourth and fifth graders the birds and the bees. This retreat is about laying groundwork for parents and the church to start the conversation.

This is an opportunity for preteens to hear more about what it means to be made in God's image and what it means to have a relationship with God in ways that are age and gender appropriate as well as engaging.

This is an opportunity for parents to discover ways to speak to their children about sexual integrity at the phase they are in now as well as discover how the church intends to partner with you to navigate sexual integrity at every phase.

Informational Meeting for Parents

Wednesday February 5, 2020 at 6pm

Please join us if your family is interested in attending the retreat and would like more information.

We will need a firm commitment to attend the retreat (Friday April 17th from 6pm-9pm and Saturday April 18th from 9am to 1pm) by February 29, 2020.