These Are Our Bodies: Middle School Participant Book

Talking Faith & Sexuality at Church & Home

Jenny Beaumont and Abbi Long

Aug/2016, 120 Pages, PAPERBACK, 5.5 x 8.25

ISBN-13: 9781606743133

• Easily accessible, theologically progressive, mainline Christian Education resource on human sexuality designed for a middle schooler
• Middle School module component for the These Are Our Bodies program

This book is the middle school participant's guide to use during each session of the These Are Our Bodies program. It is filled with prayers, scripture, and reflection questions that are designed to help participants see the connection between their sexuality and their faith to use during and after each of the 10 sessions of the program. There is lots of space for writing, doodling, and contemplation.

Also included is a glossary of important terms and words, as well as websites for further learning or help.

Audience: middle school participants

Jenny Beaumont is a Christian educator, trained facilitator, and teacher currently serving at Christ Episcopal Church, Charlotte, North Carolina. She brings more than 15 years of experience in education and ministry to the dynamic conversation that connects the experience of faith with our sexuality through her "He, She, We and God" seminar. She writes curriculums, trains other facilitators, and leads workshops throughout the nation.

Abbi Long is the Director of Ministry at St. Matthew's Episcopal Church in Louisville, Kentucky. Previously she served for six years as a youth ministry program leader in the United Methodist Church and taught special education for seven years in both elementary and middle school. Her MaEd from the University of Louisville and MDiv degree from Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary combine as a strong foundation for Christian education and curriculum development.

Finally, a comprehensive curriculum that connects sexuality and faith, as well as drawing in middle school students and their parents to have frank, honest, and life-affirming conversations! Each session of These Are Our Bodies are so wonderfully written as to empower students and leaders to explore and wrestle with the topics of sexuality & relationships in ways that invite questions and honor that we are all God's children. Don't be afraid to talk about sex and sexuality with your youth in church. You can do it with These Are Our Bodies!
-Eric Travis, Missioner for Youth and Young Adults, The Episcopal Diocese of Michigan

These Are Our Bodies is a thoughtfully crafted program designed to underscore the beauty and grace of God's gift of human sexuality. Emphasizing the central role of parents, the program helps reassure the youth that home is the place to find answers to all of the many changes in their bodies and attitudes toward life.
-Mindy Boynton, Children, Youth & Family Minister, Ascension Episcopal Church, Stillwater, MN

"For anyone working with tweens and young teens in a faith-based setting, the Middle School module of These Are Our Bodies is a must-have resource. The Leader Guide and Participant Book, together with the program's Foundation Book, offer a comprehensive program for middle school faith leaders, teachers, and parents to guide our youth through the complex questions and discoveries of this critical time in their personal, spiritual, and physical development. The materials are complete, inclusive, and current to the vast array of issues surrounding faith and sexuality in the 21st century."
Christina Clark, author of Arts Camp, and Family Minister at St Barnabas Episcopal Church, Denver, CO

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Keywords

  • Human Sexuality
  • Education
  • Formation
  • Youth Ministry
  • Family Ministry
  • Parenting

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