We try to do our best to let you know what's going on inside of NYM each and every week. Through our blog, we post Parent Cues every week we have program. These give you a sense of the main idea of what we're teaching (without drowning you in detail) and give you some suggestions of discussion questions for the ride home on Wednesday nights. We publish these each Wednesday morning to make it most convenient for you.
In this case, we're wanting you to know that on February 28, we'll be beginning a 2-part series on Sex & Sexuality.
You might be wondering why we would warn you or why we would teach on this. Here's our thinking.
We're warning you because we know that there can be a pretty significant maturity difference between different students, especially in middle school. And some parents might not have started the on-going conversation about sex yet. If that's you: we're letting you know you've got a couple more weeks to do that.
We're teaching on it because it's a reality of our world today, and we want to equip students to think biblically about sex & sexuality. From pornography on smart phones to sexting and the temptations coming from dating relationships, they are hearing about sex from someone. We want to make sure they hear about it from God's Word
What are we going to be teaching? Don't worry, we aren't going to be graphic. This isn't going to be a biology lesson, or a substitute for "the birds and the bees." We're convinced that's a parent's job, and it's one to be taken seriously.
We'll be teaching MS & HS separately, so that we can address these topics in an age-specific way.
Here's an overview of the series:
- Week One: Personal Sexual Integrity. We're going to be discussing the importance and practical side of what sex was designed to be, and how we can pursue purity as an individual.
We want students to change their minds from asking "What's normal?" or "How Far is too Far?" to "What pleases God?" and "What's Wise?"
- Week Two: LGBT. We understand this is a very sensitive topic. It's also one that is prevalent in our culture today, and we want to equip students to think biblically about this topic. It's important to remember that when we speak of the LGBT community, we're talking about people and not "LGBT issues." That leaves us with two questions: 1) What does the Bible say? 2) How should we as Christians respond and treat those who consider themselves in the LGBT community?
If you have questions, please don't hesitate to ask them! We will do our best to get some resources out there about how to talk to your students about sex, dating, and pornography, because we want to partner with YOU, the parent, in leading these conversations.
In the meantime, just know that we're here to help you be the best parents you can be. We want to be your biggest ally in raising kids who love Jesus!