Abbotsford Youth Church talks sex

Church hosts series of talks on sex, dating, pornography and relationships.

Pastor Jon Wiebe says Youth Church Abbotsford wants to be relevant and engaged with the community.

Pastor Jon Wiebe says Youth Church Abbotsford wants to be relevant and engaged with the community.

An Abbotsford church is inviting local youth and young adults to talk about sex.

Youth Church Abbotsford, which meets weekly at South Abbotsford Church, is hosting a series of conversations about sex, dating, pornography and relationships every Sunday in February.

Pastor Jon Wiebe said the church didn’t want to assume that youth will always come to them with the things they want to talk about.

“So we are bringing the conversation to the community,” he said.

“Part of the reason we are seeking this format is because the local church hasn’t done something like this before … We want to be known as relevant and engaged with our local community.”

Guest speakers will be featured at each session, and Wiebe said topics will include sex, purity, pornography, virginity, “dating with honour” and boundaries.

Questions to be considered for discussion include: “What’s the big deal with having sex before you’re married?”, “Is looking at porn really that bad?” and “How do I break up the right way?”

Wiebe said the idea is to have a candid discussion with participants – ages 14 to 24 – about the “realistic and relevant choices” they can be making around these issues.

“We believe that God set up the best outline for healthy relationships; it’s not outdated or ‘old school.’”

The program takes place Feb. 5, 12 and 19 at Matsqui Centennial Auditorium (32315 South Fraser Way) and Feb. 26 at South Abbotsford Church (32424 Huntingdon Rd.). All sessions begin at 7 p.m.

For more information, visit youthchurchabbotsford.com.