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2/9/07-Tyler

"Porn Sunday" Service At Tyler Church Turning Heads

The signs are bright pink. Over the letters "XXX," there's no guessing what Grace Community Church will be talking about this Sunday....America's dirtiest little secret.

"Number one, you're not alone if you struggle with pornography. Number two you shouldn't keep it hidden. You should find help," says Grace Pastor Thomas Thompson.

Thompson says he wants to be the place people go to for help. This Sunday they'll offer people real solutions to find a way out.

"Unfortunately the church has not done a great job in dealing with people struggling with sexual issues. There's a level of shame involved," says Thompson.

Ida MacDonald is a Licensed Professional Counselor at UT-Tyler.

She says having open discussions about the topic, even in a church setting, will help those with a problem realize they're not alone.

"If there is some understanding that I can go talk about this to someone who won't give me a hard time about it, who won't judge me, then maybe I can say what really hurts me," says MacDonald.

"God has a lot to say about how people's bodies and images are portrayed. And He cares very deeply about people who are held captive by pornography," says Thompson.

The church did receive some complaints, directed at the signs.

With students on campus during the day, church officials put the signs back up today after school was dismissed for the weekend.

Getting the community's attention was a success. They hope it carries over into battling a problem that has impacted so many lives.

Grace says families are welcome to attend and says 5th graders and up can be involved as well. But childcare is available if you so choose.

The services are this Sunday at 9:30 am and 11:00 am.

Christine Nelson reporting. cnelson@kltv.com

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