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Created by God

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Workshop Schedule

(Room 200)

Thursday, March 9

6:00-8:00pm Parent Informational Meeting

 

Friday, March 10

6:00-8:45pm Workshop Part 1

 

Saturday, March 11

8:45am-5:00pm Workshops Part 2 and 3

5:00-6:00pm Parent/Participant Conversations


What is Created by God?

Created by God is the United Methodist human sexuality curriculum. 

The materials are presented in workshop format.

It seeks to

  • affirm growth and change as part of God’s plan for life
  • recognize and celebratehuman 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 Karen Anderson, Director of Christian Education at Central United Methodist Church in Rogers. Karen leads workshops all over the state each year and is one of only 3 certified instructors.

Space is limited to 20 spots.  CUMC members and regular guests will get first priority. Other registration will be put on a waiting list. After February 1st, registrations from others will be moved to the attending list if space is available.

We anticipate spaces to fill up quickly.  A waiting list will be established once the workshop is full.  Parents with students on the waiting list are encouraged to attend the mandatory parent meeting so their child can still attend if a last minute spot opens up. 

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. I tell my own kids that some things are an ask and some things are a tell.  Created by God is a tell.

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