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June is Pride Month, a 30-day celebration honoring the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender individuals and their impact on American culture. Pride month seeks to encourage people to visibly express their identification with or support of LGBT+ through parades, rallies, concerts, and social media posts. Honestly, it can be a bit uncomfortable and troubling for older Christians to know how to respond to such overt displays of LGBT+ expressions. But for our kids, this is the new normal.

In fact, Gen Z is twice as likely as millennials to identify as a member or ally of the LGBT+ community. 69% of teens don’t see a problem with a person identifying as transgender, probably because a third of them know someone who is transgender. And, when deciding whether or not homosexuality is right or wrong, our kids don’t automatically go to Scripture to find the answers; they instead ask their friends or the internet. So how should we respond?

First, acknowledge the pain and anguish the church has caused to members of the LGBT+ community. Second, educate yourself on LGBT+ issues (check out our new Parent’s Guide to LGBT+). Most importantly, be courageous and gracious enough to love people as they are. Remember, Jesus built real relationships with people society had rejected. He ate with sinners and tax collectors; women of ill-repute followed Him; and He refused to despise anyone who called on His name. Model His transformative ability to love broken people while simultaneously calling them toward holiness and repentance.

This isn’t an easy task, especially if your son or daughter is dealing with gender confusion or same-sex attraction. Don’t lose heart! Love them, protect them, listen to them, and never shame them. Help them see the beauty of holiness, and never forget that no matter what sexuality or gender they may identify with or support, sexuality cannot fulfill us, only Jesus can.

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Epic Bible Study
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Youth Room
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Summer Family Room
Every Sunday, from 10:00 am , until 8/25/2019
Big Kids Zone
July 7 through August, 25, we will transform Big Kids Zone area to the Summer Family Room! Watch service on the big screen while your kids enjoy some quiet activities provided by Big Kids Zone. Parent or adult must be accompany child. 

Jul 15
Youth 'Summer Nights' Ultimate Frisbee
Every Monday, from 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm, until 8/26/2019
Gerald M Parmenter Elementary Fields
235 Wachusett Street Franklin, MA
Love the sport? Want to learn how to play? Just want to get a bit more exercise? No matter your experience, you are welcome to join us for a low-key friendly game of Ultimate every Monday night in July and August! REGISTER HERE...

Jul 17
Youth 'Summer Nights' Bowling
Today, 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Nothing says awesome like a little bowling competition. Grab a few of your friends and make a team because the team with the highest total at the end of the night wins an ice cream surprise!   What to bring: $15 (cash, includes bowling and pizza) REGISTER HERE...

Jul 19
Kristen Tillinghast Memorial Beach Day
On Friday 10:00 am
The Tillinghast family ​invites you and your families to join them on July 19 any time from 10am on to remember Kristen at the fourth beach day in her honor at Town Neck ("Crabby") Beach in Sandwich, MA.  ​ Pack up y...

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