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Discussion in 'Youth Forum' started by SaggyWoman, Sep 2, 2002.
In your church, do they divide the Youth and Children's Classes by gender?
Why or why not?
No, we are all together in one group. Course we are a small church, so we don't have that many kids. There is usualy an avarege of 8 teenagers that come, and if we were divided up by gender, there would only be 3 girls in one class!
I really do enjoy our little group though. We have a lot of fun, and I always learn something new.
Sunday mornings...yes, they are split. 7th-9th grade and 10th-12th grade. Yes, they also are split by gender. This is done because they feel that the girls/guys will "open up more" if they have a little time away from the others. Sunday and Wednesday nights, they are all together.
Well I've been in various modes - but now Im an old old man of 25
The one i grew up - didnt gender segregate - except for holding certain special events - but even those werent enforced
I visited a church where they had classes and events together - but the guys had to sit on one side and the girls sat on the other.
Old lady here, but my home church segregated by sex when I was in the youth, and they still do. They meet for large group for about 20 minutes (high school and middle school have their own separate large groups), then break down into small groups, which are grade and sex specific. So, you've got 6th grade girls, 11 grade boys . . . like that. The college group isn't separated at all, mainly because there are so few college students around (maybe 20?), but will break up into smaller groups to do an explication or other activity within the same class.
Y'all have 20 college student's at your church?? We are doing good to get 5.
It's not that we don't have a good college group, it's just that we are just starting to have a lot of stuff for college students. When our old youth/college pastor was here, we would have 30 or 40 college students on a regular basis. But, he moved to go to seminary, and our new one is our age. He works exclusively with the youth and doesn't even come to Sunday School with the college class. So, we don't call him our college minister. He's just Ben. The people that we think more of for us are the people who are trying to reach out to us.
We sp;it by greade groups, but not by gender groups. Persons of the opposite gender need to learn how to appropriately socially interact with persons of the other gender. What better place to learn this than in Sunday School?
Well, it's a church with over 1000 members, so yeh, there are about 20 college students at any given time. Some are local, others are attenders whose homes are elsewhere. It all evens out, since the college students from out of town go home in summers, and the college students who go to college elsewhere come home in the summers. When I was in the youth department, there were probably about two hundred between 6th and 12th grades. Big church.
The meeting I've been attending lately doesn't have nearly so many young people. The percentages might be the same, though.
Oh, I also realized I didn't state why they segregated by sex. I think it was partly to have some control over the size of the classes (they tried to have no more then 12 in a given small class, and that was the easiest way to do that. I never really liked it, myself.
[ September 04, 2002, 01:00 PM: Message edited by: stubbornkelly ]
The younger kids 5 and under are all together... The 1st through 6 graders are seperated by gender and grade 1-3 and 4-6 and then the teenagers are together, but on different sides of the class, with every once in a while we split up to teach on more girl stuff for us and guy stuff for them.
My church separates boys and girls Sunday school classes in grades 1-6th. Middle school and high school are not separated by gender but they have a Middle school and a high school teacher.
First church I went to seperated by grade and gender for 1-10th grade, and then the 11th and 12th grades were together with both genders.
The one I'm at now, I just know that the high school is together and the middleschoolers leave and that the college students are together.