Sexuality Education: Our Whole Lives

Our Whole Lives or OWL is a lifelong series of sexuality education classes which supports children and teens at times of great physical and emotional change. OWL is comprehensive, educating children and youth about matters of the heart, the body and the spirit.

 Our Whole Lives guides participants to make informed and responsible decisions about their sexual health and behavior. With a holistic approach, OWL provides accurate, developmentally appropriate information about a range of topics, including relationships, gender identity, sexual orientation, sexual health, and cultural influences on sexuality. 

The OWL classes are open to the public. Children and teens taking OWL must be registered with the church and an adult family member is required to attend an orientation before the course begins. Email Lauren Daniell, Director of Lifespan Religious Education, if you have questions about OWL or wish to enroll a family member:

Kindergarten & 1st Graders

coming January 2020

Horizon offers offers this course to 6-7 year olds every other winter. The Kindergarten/1st Grade class meets for 8 sessions and covers:

  • Appreciation of families, the importance of family and celebration of all family types

  • Basic facts about human anatomy and conception/pregnancy

  • Positive body image and healthy living

  • Safety issues (appropriate and inappropriate body contact)

Grades 5-6

Coming September 2020

This 10-session program, offered every other year to 10- 12 year olds, prepares preteens to navigate the coming physical and emotional changes of puberty. Topics include body image, human reproduction and pregnancy, social media and Internet use, consent, and an exploration of gender identity and roles.  Participants also read It's Perfectly Normal  by Robie H. Harris

Grades 8-9

10:45-noon Every August-May   
Room E2

This course has started. To inquire about admission, email:

Eighth and ninth graders spend the year clarifying personal values as they explore the spiritual, emotional, physical, and social aspects of puberty and their sexuality. Download this brochure which contains class details, including course content.

This class is offered every August and is open to the public. Due to the sensitive nature of this course, 8th and 9th graders who visit mid-year are invited to join our middle school or high school groups.

Grades 10-12

next session scheduled for Winter 2021

Using a comprehensive approach, this 12 session program helps senior-high youth gain the knowledge, life principles and skills they need to express their sexuality in life-enhancing ways. The teens will review and expand on information learned in earlier OWL levels (consent, sexual health and safety, healthy relationships, decisions around becoming a parent, and gender identity, among others.) Offered every other year, the next course is scheduled for winter 2021.