Supporting LGBTQ+ Youth and Being God’s People in the World

By December 11, 2019Youth Ministries

Jennifer Bond is an FUMCFW member, lay leader, and youth ministries parent who has started an incredible ministry that supports some of our most vulnerable teenagers and the people that love them. We are so grateful for her work and witness, and we encourage you read below to hear about her passion for young people, and to join us this weekend. — Kat Bair

This weekend during The Refuge, the LGBTQ+ Parent Resource Group will be hosting a special educational event for ALL of our parents in the Justin Building on December 15th from 5:30 – 7:30 pm.

“Where will we go and what will we do?”

Each week as we leave the sanctuary we are asked this question. Wn then respond with, “We will go out to be God’s people in the world.”

What does that look like? What does that really mean? How do we step up and show up in a way that embodies the love, kindness, and grace that Jesus taught?

This can look like a lot of different things for different people. For me, this past year, it has meant stepping up and showing up for some of the most vulnerable youth in our community — our LGBTQ+ youth.

Last January we began a parent resource group for LGBTQ+ youth parents and allies that meets monthly. This really began as a response to a need I recognized for parents and allies of LGBTQ+ youth to have a safe place to come and talk about how to best love and support these youth in their lives.

Little did I know that this calling that I felt from God to start this resource group would precede the emotional roller coaster that came just months later surrounding the church vote on LGBTQ+ issues.

One of the ways that we can “show up” for our youth is to become more educated about the ways in which we can love and support our LGBTQ+ youth. Whether they are our own teens, nephews, nieces, friends, students, or simply youth that we volunteer for, we as disciples of Christ can find ways to better love and support them.

We don’t have to have all of the answers. We don’t have to agree on every issue. We just need to show them that we care — and that we see them and that they are loved as a child of God.

I would like to personally invite ALL youth parents to join us this Sunday for our special educational event with Sharon Herrera. Sharon is the Executive Director and Founder of LGBTQ S.A.V.E.S. and serves as a leader in the LGBTQ community of Tarrant County.

Sharon Herrera’s work is, at its core, about caring for young people who are in need, and has valuable insight to offer to not only those caring for LGBTQ+ teens, but those caring for any teenager. We are excited to be hosting her and learning from her experience and expertise.

I hope to see you this Sunday.

Jennifer Bond

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