Our Whole Lives: Comprehensive Sexuality Education for Children and Youth

This year, the religious education program will offer three separate comprehensive sexuality education programs for children and youth.

Our Whole Lives Grades 1-2: Young children explore the miracles of birth, babies, and bodies in 8 lessons taught during the Sunday morning religious education program. Weekly take-home activities for parent and child promote the extension of the conversation begun at church. A parent meeting will be held on a Sunday in November. Parent-child orientation will be held after church in January. Lessons begin in late January.

Our Whole Lives Grades 5-6: Children learn about puberty, decision-making, communication, and values in this optional program. Sessions are held on Sunday late afternoons; they are not part of the Sunday morning program. Weekly reading assignments and activities are intended to be shared by child and parent. A parent meeting will be held on a Sunday in November. Parent-child orientation will be held after church in January. This 9 session program will be offered January through March. This year we will offer this program in concert with the Foxborough and Canton churches.

Our Whole Lives Grades 7-8: Middle school youth benefit from an in-depth look at many aspects of sexuality with a strong focus on complete information, decision-making, and ethics. Sessions are held on Sunday late afternoon/ early evening. A mandatory parent orientation session is held to launch the program. This 27 session program will be offered from November through April this year. This year we will offer this program in concert with the Foxborough and Canton churches.

Our Whole Lives 7-8: Mandatory Parent Orientation

The Our Whole Lives (OWL) comprehensive sexuality education program for 7th and 8th graders will begin on Sunday, October 17, with a mandatory Parent Orientation. Parents who want their 7th and 8th graders to participate in OWL must attend this entire meeting (5-7pm) in order for their child to participate in OWL 7-8. Our Whole Lives teachers Aidan Cunningham and Janet Limke from this church, Lisette Neale from Foxborough, and Charlie Earle from Canton will share information about the OWL program philosophy and teaching methods, review OWL visual materials, and respond to parent questions and concerns. 7th and 8th grade parents are asked to e-mail Louise Marcoux to confirm that they will attend this critically important meeting.