These Are Our Bodies: High School Leader Guide

Talking Faith & Sexuality at Church & Home

Samantha Haycock and Caren Miles

Jun/2017, 176 Pages, PAPERBACK, 8.5 x 11

ISBN-13: 9781606743294

• An easily accessible, theologically progressive, mainline Christian Ed resource on human sexuality
• A High School program resource to engage youth in connecting faith and sexuality in grades 9-12

This Leader Guide contains nine sessions for engaging high school students, (ages 14-18 years) in conversation about faith and sexuality in the These Are Our Bodies program, helping participants and their adult parents or guardians deepen their connection between God, the Bible, and sexuality. Each session uses scripture as an integral piece of the program using the NRSV or Common English Bible translation. Facilitators will find detailed planning information as well as background and useful information to employ the program in your church or community in a variety of settings: youth group, Christian education, camps, or retreats.

Comprised of two sections, "The Introduction" provides the goals of the curriculum, describes parts of each lesson, and provides all needed information for leaders to implement the program. The second section offers nine full session plans that have five parts that work together to create a hands-on, interactive approach to learning: Welcome, Work, Word, Wonder, and Worship. These offer creative and interactive ways to engage with the material and participants in ways that provide intentional group formation, engage the nature of high schoolers, offer time to wrestle with new material, provide words of blessing and affirmation, and allow time to move from the sessions back into the world. Facilitators lead each session with the first session a combination parent/caregiver and participant gathering.

Audience: Clergy, Christian educators, youth ministers

Samantha Haycock is Director of Children and Youth Ministry at Christ Episcopal Church, Alameda, California, and has been involved in Diocesan sponsored youth events over the past decade from summer camps, to Happening, to Episcopal Youth Event. Haycock combines a BA in Psychology with a passion for spreading Jesus' call for social justice, and she helps people to make connections between their daily and spiritual lives so that they can bring their whole and authentic selves to the world. She also enjoys concocting strange things in her kitchen and hiking all over the place.

Caren Miles is currently adjusting to the west coast lifestyle after moving from the Church of the Heavenly Rest, Manhattan, to St. John's, Ross, California. After eleven years of ministry, Miles is still excited to sit on the floor and read Bible stories to preschoolers or to sit in a coffee shop and wax theological with teenagers—yet she admits that her favorite thing is watching those same teenagers begin to lead younger children on their faith journeys. She lives in Alameda, California.

SESSION 1: Our Introduction (John 15:16-17; Luke 2:41-52; Luke 19:45-48)
SESSION 2: Our Language (Proverbs 19:2; Ephesians 4:25-32)
SESSION 3: Our Value System (Philippians 4:8; Romans 7:14-25)
SESSION 4: Our Identity (Psalm 139:13-16; 1 Corinthians 12:12-27)
SESSION 5: Our Self Image (Genesis 1:26; Genesis 3:1-11)
SESSION 6: Our Relationship (Ephesians 4:25; 1 Corinthians 13)
SESSION 7: Our Health (Proverbs 2:10-11; Matthew 13:10-17)
SESSION 8: Our Dignity (Matthew 22:37-39; Luke 8:40-56)
SESSION 9: Our Theology (Isaiah 30:21; John 14:1-14)


  • Sexuality
  • Youth
  • Christian Education

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