These Are Our Bodies: Talking Faith & Sexuality at Church & Home - Primary Parent Book

These Are Our Bodies: Talking Faith & Sexuality at Church & Home - Primary Parent Book

by Jenny Beaumont, Abbi Long

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Overview

• Faith formation resource for children on human sexuality • For use in congregational, home, and school settings This sexuality education resource from a mainline/progressive denominational prospective aids the leader, child (participant), and parent in learning about their body and using skills that enable them to embrace and affirm the wholeness of sexuality as part of who they are. Session plans will address facts about sexuality, vocabulary, decision making, faith and daily life, respect, growth and change, behavior, responsibility, values, prayer, and intentionality in an age appropriate manner for children and their parents. One Leader Guide will cover all ages, with three Parent Books (Preschool: 3- to 5-yearolds, Primary: 6- to 8-year-olds, and Intermediate: 9- to 11-year-olds), and two Participant Books (Primary and Intermediate ages). Session topics include: • We are Wonderfully Made • We are Complex • We are Changing • We are Knowledgeable • We are Equipped • We are Called • We are Growing Up

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780898690231
Publisher: Church Publishing Inc.
Publication date: 08/01/2017
Series: These Are Our Bodies
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 80
File size: 1 MB

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CHAPTER 1

SESSION 1

GOD KNOWS ME

The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep hear his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me, just as the Father knows me and I know the Father.

— John 10:3, 14–15

In the Session

Thank you God for keeping me near to you and for caring for me. I know that you love my family and me. Help me to learn more about you and the special way that you created all of me. Amen.

On Your Own

In this session, you were invited to consider how it felt to be sheep in Jesus' flock. The children learned:

• Jesus told them about sheep and shepherds. Jesus said that he was like a shepherd and that his sheep knew the sound of his voice. And Jesus said that he knew each of his sheep. Jesus said that he takes care of all of his sheep.

• Jesus said that we were like sheep.

How does it feel for Jesus to know you?

How does it feel for Jesus to know your name?

In the session, you and your child made a STORY OF ME book. What warmed your heart to remember?

What was the best part to share with your child?

What was your beginning?

What is the story of your name?

Describe your gift from God.

What is the story of your baptism?

What is your story now?

A Blessing

The Lord bless you and keep you;
With Your Family at Home

You may want to use this activity later to complete this portion of your child's Participant Book, found on page 15.

The story of the Good Shepherd helps us remember that God knows us by name. Use the sheep below to think about the parable again from John 10.

Can you give them each a name?

Whom else does God know by name in your family?

What are the names of some friends that God knows by name?

With crayons or markers, add to the pictures of the sheep. Draw some grass or ground. Add in the sky. Write "Jesus knows us by name."

CHAPTER 2

SESSION 2

I AM LOVED

"I give you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, so you also must love each other. This is how everyone will know that you are my disciples, when you love each other."

— John 13:34–35 (CEB)

Dear God, thank you for loving me and for sending Jesus and giving us a new commandment: To love each other, as you have loved us. Help me to love my friends and myself, too. Amen.

In the Session

In the session, we learned that a blessing is like a prayer, a hopeful prayer that inspires and lifts people.

People were bringing little children to him in order that he might touch them and bless them. The disciples tried to shoo them away. But when Jesus saw this, he was upset and said to them, "Don't you dare try to keep these little ones from me. Let me hold them. The Kingdom of God belongs to little ones just like these. If you aren't open to God's kingdom like a little child is open, you will never enter the kingdom." And he picked them up in his arms and laid his hands on the children and blessed them.

— Mark 10: 13–16

What do we learn about Jesus from this story?

What do we learn about ourselves?

BLESSINGS

Make a blessing prayer for your child. Your child can help color and decorate the prayer. The words or drawings represent or describe the attribute(s) of your child.

Some examples include the following:

loving

kind

gentle

prayerful

generous

hopeful

grateful

enthusiastic

joyful

thoughtful

smart

selfless

faithful

Write some of your own words or descriptions below.

On Your Own

This week, as you go out into the world, bless your child.

_____________________ is _____________________, _____________________, and _________________________. Thank you God for _____________________.

Loving and awesome God, thank you for my family. Thank you for giving me people to love and people who love me. Help us to remember that we have all been blessed by your grace. Stay close to us and keep us close to each other as we learn and grow. Amen.

Write your own prayer of thankfulness for your child.

With Your Family at Home

You may want to use this activity later to complete this portion of your child's Participant Book, found on page 25.

The story of Jesus and the little children reminds us that Jesus loved all people, even very young people. He welcomed them with his hands wide open. Trace both of your hands. You can also trace your parents' hands on top of your hands. Use a different color crayon or marker so you can see the different hands.

Then draw the faces or bodies of all the people you think Jesus welcomes. You can draw yourself. You can draw your friends at church or school. You can draw other children and people in the world. Write below your picture: Jesus Welcomes Everyone!

Prayer

Loving and awesome God, thank you for my family. Thank you for giving me people to love and people who love me. Help us to remember that we have all been blessed by your grace. Stay close to us and keep us close to each other as we learn and grow. Amen.

CHAPTER 3

SESSION 3

GOD MADE ME

O Lord, you have searched me and known me.
— Psalm 139:1–5, 12–17

In the Session

Thank you, God, for always being with me. God looks for me and finds me. God leads me to places to play and keep me safe. God knows even when I stand up and when I sit down again. When I look around, I see what God has created. Help me to be still and know God is the Lord. Amen.

In this session, your child learned about these messages:

• God created each of us, and we are wonderful.

• We all have bodies and we all have a body that is one of a kind.

• Our bodies are always changing and growing.

What are some of your reflections on Psalm 139? Take time to journal about your insights.

Young children can be challenged by thinking about gifts or talents. Asking them to brainstorm things that they enjoy doing is easier for them. Our gifts are tied to what we love doing.

I am grateful for ...

Think about the amazing things that your body can do and the things you love to do. Write down something about your body you are grateful for, and write down why you are grateful.

I thank God for all of these children who are perfectly and uniquely made.

I am grateful for __________________ because _________________.

Thank you, Creator God, who made me — all of me — inside and out!

On Your Own

"Telling children how babies come into the world is a story of love and belonging that includes biology, family structure, and faith. Yes, it is a story about the human body, people, sperm, and eggs; it is also a story of God's beautiful creation. It is a story of faith, hope, and love — a story of God working in our lives. Who would want to miss that?"

For the Lord is a great God, and a great King above all gods. In his hand are all the corners of the earth, and the strength of the hills is his also. The sea is his and he made it, and his hands prepared the dry land.

— Psalm 95:3–5

As children of God we are born into the world beloved by God. We come into the world inherently worthy of love and awe — awe at the mystery of our holiness in who and what we are. As children develop, their experience and sense of self are shaped and molded by those around them. This includes sexuality. It is inherently part of who we are; living as a sexual being is unavoidable and unavoidably complex. Sexuality is good — a gift from God since the beginning.

Then God said, "Let us make humanity in our image to resemble us so that they may take charge of the fish of the sea, the birds in the sky, the livestock, all the earth, and all the crawling things on earth. God created humanity in God's own image, in the divine image God created them, male and female God created them. God saw everything he had made: it was supremely good."

— Genesis 1:26–27, 31

Parents begin teaching their children about their bodies from the first moment that they hold their children. In the next few sessions, we want to encourage you, as a parent, to intentionally consider the lessons you are teaching your children as you hold, feed, and tickle them. And to choose ways of speaking, acting and touching that show your young children that they are created and loved by God — body and all.

With Your Family at Home

You may want to use this activity later to complete this portion of your child's Participant Book, found on page 35.

Psalm 139 reminds us that God made us — inside and out. It reminds us that God knows about our lives; even things we think are a secret. Talk about the game "Hide and Go Seek." What are the rules to the game? Write down those rules here (in your child's book).

Draw three places you might hide in a game of "Hide and Seek."

Can you hide from God? Can you go somewhere that God's love cannot reach? Talk about hiding from God or God's love with your family. Why might we try to hide from God's love? Will God come and seek us if we try to hide?

Circle an answer for each of these questions. Talk about your answers together.

1. Is there anything we can do to make God love us less?

Yes No I don't know

2. Is there anything we can say to make God love us less?

Yes No I don't know

3. Is there anywhere we can go where God's love won't seek us out?

Yes No I don't know

Thank you, Creator God, who made me — all of me — inside and out!

CHAPTER 4

SESSION 4

WE ARE EMPOWERED

Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices in the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. And now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; and the greatest of these is love.

— 1 Corinthians 13:4–7, 13

Almighty God, giver of good gifts, we thank you for these parents. We are grateful for their faithfulness and their steadfast hand as they guide, teach and love the children within their care. Give them the wisdom to follow your will and pass along the gifts they have been given; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

In the Session

Faith connections are uncomplicated to use because they reflect your faith and your experience with God. They are personal, yet simple. "No matter what happens, I love you and God loves you." "There is nothing that we can ever do that will separate us from God's love." "You are uniquely and wonderfully made!"

Faith connections express our deepest truths about faith and ourselves in the context of our everyday lives. They are simple, and even with our primary age children, are uncomplicated. They are the foundation for what we do and say.

How do you express faith connections and help your child internalize those values? How do you decide which faith connections to teach?

STEP ONE:

Begin by thinking about your own foundational values — the words that help you in difficult situations. Think about the values that your child needs in order to live a faith-filled life. If you only had five things to teach your child, what would you choose?

STEP TWO:

Keep a list of faith connections to impart to your children. Work with a parenting partner or friend to choose some values that resonate with your family.

STEP THREE:

Check them off as you hear your child expresses those values in conversations with you. Once they have internalized the value, check it off the list. Then move on to the next value to be learned.

STEP FOUR:

Be patient with yourself. Remember you are creating the framework for your child from which their values, especially values about their identity, will spring. Creating value statements takes practice. Try a few value statements and remember to adjust them over time as you continue the conversations with your child.

Here are a few examples of faith connections that we have shared with parents, and that parents have shared with us, over the years:

• God loves you; that means all of you. Your spirit and your body are beautiful.

• God made a way for families to have babies. Our bodies are perfectly created to make babies.

• God made each of us uniquely different and wonderful. We are made in the image of God.

What are the values about God and bodies that are most important to you?

What messages would have been helpful to you growing up?

What values or faith connections do you want to make with your growing child?

On Your Own

Homework for next session: read chapter 24, "When to Begin the Conversation" in These Are Our Bodies: Foundation Book. We will discuss this in our next session.

Almighty God, we are grateful for your immeasurable love and for the love of parents and children. Help us to let your love shine through us to all those children who are watching us. Let us love you with a whole heart, focused on you and bathed in grace. In Christ Name we pray. Amen.

With Your Family at Home

You may want to use this activity later to complete this portion of your child's Participant Book, found on pages 39–40.

Together as a family, fill in these blanks with your own words.

God loves _________________________________ ; that means all of __________________________. Your spirit and your body are __________________________.

God made a way for families to have _________________. Our bodies are perfectly created to make ______________________.

God made each of us unique individuals and ___________________. We are made in the image of __________________.

Write your own family's faith connections here:

CHAPTER 5

SESSION 5

WE CONTINUE THE CONVERSATION

You shall put these words of mine in your heart and soul, and you shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and fix them as an emblem on your forehead. Teach them to your children, talking about them when you are at home and when you are away, when you lie down and when you rise. Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates, so that your days and the days of your children may be multiplied in the land that the Lord swore to your ancestors to give them, as long as the heavens are above the earth.

— Deuteronomy 11:18–21

Almighty God, giver of good gifts, we thank you for parents. We are grateful for their faithfulness and their steadfast hand as they guide, teach and love the children within their care. Give them the wisdom to follow your will and pass along the gifts they have been given; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

In the Session

Discuss: "When to Begin the Conversation" (Chapter 24 in the These Are Our Bodies: Foundation Book, page 191). Consider these two questions:

What are some examples of myths that you would have to re-teach your children?

How could you restate them to make them truthful?

What are some of your take aways from your conversations?

Using Correct Terminology

When parents use the correct terminology, concepts do not have to be unlearned or retaught. We want your child to have the basics on which they can build their understanding as they grow.

TIPS AND TERMINOLOGY

Remember to approach the topic in a matter-of-fact way.

Use simple language and clear concepts that will not have to be unlearned. One family taught their child that babies grow in the stomach. When the child learned about the digestive system, she was very confused. Aim to tell your children the truth as best as you can.

Use correct terminology. When parents use the correct terminology, concepts do not have to be unlearned or retaught. You want your children to have the basics on which they can build their understanding as they grow.

Does this resonate for you? If so, how? If not, why?

Would using correct terminology be difficult for you? Why?

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Table of Contents

Introduction,
SESSION 1: God KNOWS ME,
SESSION 2: I am LOVED,
SESSION 3: God MADE ME,
SESSION 4: We are EMPOWERED,
SESSION 5: We CONTINUE the CONVERSATION,
SESSION 6: We are SELF-AWARE,
SESSION 7: We are LOVING,
SESSION 8: We are CONSIDERATE,
SESSION 9: We teach CONSENT,
Resources,

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