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Real Life & Singleness
Sat. 2 September 2017, 9:00 am – 2:00 pm ACST
Real Life & Singleness
Real women, who love God, talking about their experiences of singleness.
Why this event….
Many years ago, during a time when I was deeply hurting, I started to question what Christian care should actually look like… on a day to day, week to week basis what should the church’s response be to single women who are really struggling?
At the time, I’d approached my church for help because I didn’t feel like I was coping on my own. The advice I was given was to read my bible more and make sure I was attending church consistently. While there was nothing inherently wrong with the advice I was given… I remember thinking that if that was the extent of the support available to me it was going to be a very lonely journey.
I was reading my bible, I was praying, but what I needed was for people to accept me where I was at and come around me in a real and consistent way.
God in His grace provided for me, he brought women into my life that had experienced many of the same emotions and experience of aloneness that I had felt. I found wisdom, comfort and encouragement in their experiences.
I’m sure that it wasn’t always easy or convenient for them to always make the time, at times it would have been a sacrifice, but the time and relationships that these women gave me made a huge impact on my life.
I’ve found that God has continued to bring women with similar experiences into my life, similar stories of feeling alone and isolated. I wanted to create a forum that in a very real way addressed the day to day and week to week issues that these women were faced with and shed light on the experiences of single Christian women – whether divorced, unmarried, long term single or widowed.
It opening discussions we know that some of the questions may not be ‘neat’ or ‘nice’. We may not be able to provide all the answers… but we want to open a dialogue, where unspoken issues can be spoken in the open.
In organizing this event we have been praying that women who have walked alone, or felt alone will be blessed and encouraged.
This seminar exists to encourage one other and to build each other up in our faith.
The event will include small group discussions, an open forum Q&A with a panel of women, and a presentation by Dr Patricia Weerakoon.
Dr Patricia is a Christian sexologist and writer. As an Evangelical Christian, all of Patricia’s work flows from a Biblical, Christ-centred worldview. She has spent many years developing a framework of Biblically informed seminars and lectures in healthy human sexuality. Her presentations challenge the listeners to reflect on how they could better live their whole lives including their sexuality to God’s glory.
We have engaged Patricia to speak on the topic of sexuality and singleness and she has provided us with an outline below for your information:
Christian singles come in all ages, professions, relationship status and genders. You may be never-married, separated, divorced, widowed; a gardener, lawyer or minister; heterosexual or homosexual; teenager or octogenarian. Some of the comments I hear from single Christians:
- “I have nobody to freely and intimately love, touch and share my thoughts with. It makes me jealous to see others have it when I don’t.”
- “I don’t know how to deal with my sexual desire”
- “I would like to feel wanted as more than just a friend.”
- “I struggle with being alone and not having someone to talk to.”
- “What makes me sad? The loneliness, the rejection (nobody wants me), unfulfilled sexual desire, unfulfilled maternal desires and being different, not fitting in (especially in family-oriented Christian culture)”
While recognising the goodness of relationships and marriage, it is important that singles and couples recognise that their significance and security lie with Christ and not on the consummation of any earthly desire – however good it may be. In an interactive workshop, Patricia will explore the concerns of single Christian women and the churches response. It provides a safe place for single women to discuss their concerns on relationship, intimacy and sexuality, and explore ways in which these feelings and desires can be dealt with.
The panel Q&A session will run after Dr Patricia’s presentation. Questions will be completely open to you and we look forward to some great discussion. Aside from Dr Patricia our lovely panel members will also include...
- Karina Hudson
- Emily Lewis
- Adele Jackson
In addition to the Q&A session we will also have a number of small group discussions throughout the day, so if you feel more comfortable talking in smaller groups you will certainly have the opportunity.
What are my transport/parking options for getting to and from the event?
There is a car park at the venue and street parking is also available.
What's the refund policy?
There are no refunds however tickets are transferrable.
Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
Yes please, either printed or on your mobile phone.