Had one of those great sessions with our young people yesterday. One of those unplanned, unexpected, unpredictable moments when a young person says...
"I have a question..."
Before we got to that I had been asked by the parent of an 11 year old who isn't due to join the group until September (it's a group for year 7 and above and this young person is in year 6) if the young person could join sooner. I told the parent that I would have to ask the group and, even though the group is currently quite young - years 7-9 rather than older as it has been before - the young people still felt they wouldn't want to discuss some things or ask some questions if younger people were in th group. Therefore we will be staying as we are and taking secondary school only people.
So what was the question...?
"What do you think about sex before marriage?"
It led to a really good discussion. Interestingly Ian is about to run some training on this on 7th February and I reflected when I saw that a few weeks ago that I've always been pretty secure in tackling this subject when it arises but not so good at PLANNING to discuss it. It made me ponder... should we PLAN to discuss these things with young people or wait for them to ask?
After our sex before marriage discussion one of the others asked another question...
"Is heaven a physical place or a spiritual place?"
With only five minutes left to discuss that one I think we might just focus on it for next week's session!