Coming this fall at First Church Ipswich
Our Whole Lives (OWL)
A Comprehensive Sexuality Education Program for High School Students
8:30 – 10 am, 10 Sundays, September— December, 2019
We had two amazing meetings on Sunday June 2: one for parents and one for kids, and we’re THRILLED there’s so much interest in offering comprehensive sexuality education at church! Churches rave about the Our Whole Lives Program (OWL) and we’re so glad to bring it back to First Church with experienced leaders from within our congregation. See Reverend Rebecca Pugh’s thoughts on her experience with OWL as a parent and a pastor below.
First Church is hoping to offer 10 sessions of OWL to youth in grades 9 through 12 this fall —September to early December from 8:30 to 10 am on Sunday mornings. The meetings will be led by trained facilitators Chris Blagg, Stacey Keane Blagg and Katherine DeSilva. A required parent meeting will be held Sunday, September 8, 8:30-10 am explaining in detail what will be covered. A signed permission form is necessary for your child to participate.
We need a minimum of 10 High School students committed to participating or else we can not offer the program. The perfect number of participants is 12-18. And you don’t need to be First Church members.
Please contact the church office 978-356-2211 by July 1 to register. If we do not have a minimum of ten participants registered by July 1, we cannot offer the program.
Rev. Rebecca Pugh Enthusiastically Endorses OWL:
“I had the honor of watching the first three years of OWL unfold at First Church, both as the minister, and as a parent. What I saw was remarkable. I saw that the youth were able to have conversations with their parents and each other that were more frank, more open, more respectful, more practical, than they had been before. And I saw that the youth found a renewed respect for their own bodies and the bodies of their peers, both as gifts from God, and in the image of God.
I saw more safety and more sympathy than I had seen before with the folks in the youth groups. The youth at my dinner table were more outspoken, more courageous, than they had ever been before. And the conversations about consent, and also about saying “no”, were nuanced and sophisticated.
The young people of this church learned a lot, laughed a lot, grew closer to each other, and continue to this day to be safer, more respectful, and more faithful than they would have been. OWL is an amazing opportunity for the youth of our church, and the teaching team that the Board of Ed has organized: Stacey, Chris, Kate, and Mary Lou, is so strong! Our lucky kids. Our lucky families”.
Sincerely—Rev. Dr. Rebecca Pugh.
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First Church offers vibrant programs for youth, including opportunities for community building, pilgrimage, service learning, and prayer.
Our fourth and fifth grade fellowship meets Sunday mornings for games, snacks, conversations about scripture, and adventures.
Our sixth through eighth grade fellowship meets Sunday mornings and also week nights, for prayers, team-building, community service, and our favorite game, “beckon”.
Our ninth through twelfth grade BYKOTA (Be Ye Kind, One To Another) group meets Sunday mornings and also once a month for outreach, service learning, adventures, and fun.
We are currently forming a community of people in approximately their ’20’s for service, prayer, study, and justice work.
All welcome to First Church’s lively ministries.
Middle School Clark Beach Gathering on August 1, 2017