A group of young people in Beausejour is making a statement about love and promising to save their virginity until marriage.

Dozens of people took a "True Love Waits," pledge in a ceremony at the Beausejour Community Church Sunday night.

The church's pastor, Chris Jordan, says he was nervous about introducing the idea, but that decided that it was too important to ignore.

"God is pro-sex," he said in his Sunday morning sermon. "It's good. It's not a dirty thing. It's not a shameful thing we just talk about in back alleys. God created it. It's his plan and his purpose."

Pastor Jordan says things like TV, movies, and the internet sensationalize sex and that young people do not learn about the dangers of sexually transmitted infection, unplanned pregnancy, and abortion.

The pastor's son, 12-year-old Caleb Jordan is one of the children taking the vow.

"I want it to be special for my wife, something that I've only given her," he said.

But he knows as he gets older there will be some challenges.

"Sometimes there will be ups and downs, but I'm gonna' try and stay really strong to this commitment and not stray away from it."

The True Love Waits movement started about 15-years-ago at a Baptist church in Nashville, Tennessee.

The pledge reads:

  • "Believing that true love waits, I make a commitment to God, myself, my family, my friends, my future mate, and my future children to a lifetime of purity including sexual abstinence from this day until the day I enter a biblical marriage relationship."

Pastor Jordan says millions of young people around the world have taken the vow, but that Sunday's ceremony is a first for Manitoba.

With a report from CTV's Shaneen Robinson