Created by God

Every two years, Paradise Valley United Methodist Church offers this faith-based, sex-education program to open the door to conversations about sensitive subjects, build trust between parents and their adolescent children, and provide reliable information about who we are as male and female, created by God, in a caring environment. There is a presentation by a pediatrician for parents and students, as well as breakout sessions for peers and parents, led by small group leaders.


Rev. Brenda Smith, PVUMC’s children’s ministries director, and several other leaders teach the curriculum on two Sunday afternoons: February 21 and 28, 2-5 pm both days in Room H1. The fee is $30 for each parent/child. At least one parent is required to attend with their child. Siblings are $10 more.

Click here to download the brochure and registration form.


 Who can attend?

The workshop is open to all 5th & 6th graders and their parents.  You do not have to be affiliated with any specific church or religion.



To help 5th and 6th graders…

  • Understand themselves as persons of worth, creations of God, who have the special qualities of being male or female.
  • Grow in understanding and appreciating themselves as sexual human beings.
  • Work toward understanding that puberty and the physical changes that take place during those years are a part of God’s plan for growth and development.
  • Learn more about the human body and reproduction in order that they may better understand themselves as sexual beings.
  • Be able to ask questions and clarify.
  • Understand conception, pregnancy, and birth.
  • Learn accurate information about their own bodies.
  • Have the opportunity to reflect on the love and care that surrounds them.
  • Voice their dreams for themselves.
  • Become more comfortable with the vocabulary of human sexuality.


To help parents…

  • Define their own sexual knowledge, and to help them learn the best way to communicate with their children.
  • Explore Christian meanings of masculinity and femininity in place of stereotyping.
  • Help their children with ethical decisions.
  • Jump start conversations and build trust.



Pamela S. Murphy, M.D. is a local pediatrician with over 25 years of experience and an active interest in adolescent health care.  Previously in private practice, she now works at Mendy’s Place, a children’s emergency center at HonorHealth Deer Valley Medical Center and the Myelomeningocele Planning Clinic at District Medical Group.  She and her family have been members of PVUMC for 16 years.

Debra C. Pryor, Ph.D. M.S. M.B.A. is President & CEO of Partners In Brainstorms, a national research and communication firm specializing in education, children, teens and families. Ms. Pryor has supervised innovative studies and programs for The White House, U.S. Department of Education, National Education Association, Census in Schools 2010, In2Books, AOL, Microsoft, Centers for Disease Control, state Tobacco Education and Prevention Programs, Girl Scouts of the USA, and several State of Arizona agencies and the Governor’s Office.   Ms. Pryor earned an MBA , a Master’s and Ph.D.  in Integrated Communication, respectively, from Northwestern University’s prestigious Kellogg School of Management and Medill School.


Small group leaders:

Kimberly Peterson is a wife and mother, as well as a nutrition consultant, health and wellness consultant, and certified mentor for youth at risk.  She is PVUMC’s acolyte coordinator, and has served at PVUMC as a preschool aide, VBC counselor, and as a youth counselor at Mingus Mountain Summer Camp.

Jon Hearn earned a B.S. degree in electrical engineering at Southern Methodist University.  He was an adviser for the Junior Achievement Program with high school students for many years, and has been a cabin leader at Mingus Mountain summer camp for seven years.  He is a lifelong Methodist and an active member of PVUMC. 

Rev. Andrea Andress has served as Associate Pastor to Children and Families at PVUMC for eighteen years.   She is certified in Christian Education, in Spiritual Direction and as an Enneagram Instructor.

Rev. Brenda Smith, R.Ph., MACFM  Brenda has a B.S. in pharmacy. She practiced pharmacy in both retail and hospital settings for 20 years before switching her career to ministry.  She has a Master of Arts in Children & Family Ministry and currently serves as a Deacon.  She has served in children’s ministry formerly for more than 15 years and as a volunteer even longer.  She has been trained to teach the “Created by God” curriculum and has led this program at three different churches.

Rev. Andrea Andress serves as Associate Pastor to Children and Families at Paradise Valley United Methodist Church.  She is certified in Christian Education, in Spiritual Direction and as an Enneagram Instructor.



Sunday February 21, 2016

2:00 pm.  Welcome & Overview

2:30 pm   Growth & Development Reproduction & Birth Control, Dr. Pam Murphy, pediatrician

3:45 pm     Break

4:00 pm     Breakout Sessions:        

                          Girls – Rev. Brenda Smith

                          Boys – Jon Hearn

                          Parent Session – Kimberly Peterson

 4:45 pm       ALL groups come together for the closing activities.




  Sunday February 28, 2016

2:00 pm     Welcome & Overview

2:30 pm     Breakout Sessions:

                          Girls – led by Rev. Brenda Smith

                          Boys – led by Jon Hearn

                       Parent SessionSocial Media & Children – Deb Pryor.

 3:30 pm    Break

3:45 pm     Breakout Sessions: 

                         Girls – led by Rev. Brenda Smith

                          Boys – led by Jon Hearn

                          Parent Session – Talking to your Child about Sex – Rev. Andress

4:30 pm       ALL groups come together for closing activities.



Contact Rev. Brenda Smith, Children’s Ministries Director

Paradise Valley United Methodist Church, 602-840-8360 ext. 141,


Parent and student registration forms are available in the brochure, available in the church office, or via email.

 You may make your payments on the church website by using the GIVE NOW button, choosing “Other” and typing in “Created by God.” Email a copy of your receipt to Brenda or attach it to your completed registration form.


Register by February 14, 2016. No refunds available after that date.

For scholarship assistance, contact Rev. Brenda.



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