In our meet-up, hook-up, break-up culture, saving sex for marriage can seem impossible and out of touch. That’s why the Ark-La-Tex Crisis Pregnancy Center has teamed up with First Priority to bring Silver Ring Thing (SRT) to Shreveport/Bossier.
SRT is a national event that speaks honestly to middle school and high school students about sex through comedy, videos, music and dramatic skits in a style to which students can relate. The group is coming to the Shreveport Convention Center at 7 p.m. Jan. 31. Admission is free and you can register online at www.silverringthing.com.
There will be a separate parent session also beginning at 7 p.m., which equips parents with the tools to talk with their teens about sex.
The Crisis Pregnancy Center and First Priority share a common goal to reach more at-risk teens. Their partnership will allow them to do just that. “We couldn’t be more excited about having SRT here in Shreveport,” Alicia Forrest, Director of Sexual Health Education at the Crisis Pregnancy Center, said. “Our mission with our abstinence program is to educate, equip, and empower young people to make healthy informed lifestyle decisions. We absolutely believe in the message SRT imparts to the teens of this generation; it’s real and relevant.”
First Priority is all about uniting the local Body of Christ to reach students with the HOPE of JESUS. “I am so glad to be a part of bringing SRT to our community. This event is going to be a great opportunity for students and churches across our community to come together and make a stand for Jesus Christ,” John Carruth, President of First Priority ArkLaTex, said. “Our prayer is that teenagers in our area will not only make a commitment to purity, but they will also surrender their life to Jesus and once doing so get connected with a local church where they can grow in their relationship with Him.”
SRT’s newest tour, entitled One Night Stand, was inspired by the quote, "If you don't stand for something, you'll fall for anything.” Students are challenged to take a stand and decide what they believe about sex and physical relationships. Are the emotionless sexual encounters portrayed in movies and on TV really the best plan, or is there something better?
“The show inspires those who are waiting and gives hope to those who want to start over,” Holly Douglas, Promotions and Social Media Director for SRT, said. “No matter their past, students will find encouragement, support and be challenged by their peers to take a stand for healthy relationships.”