Learning for Life Ministry at GUMC

Learning for Life Ministry at GUMC
Fall Term begins Sunday, October 29, 2017

Classes will take place on October 29, November 5, 12, 19 and December 3

CLASSES FOR FALL

  • Health Screening and Education:  This is a helpful class for people of all ages.  Medical students from ASU will be here to do individual health screenings on a variety of topics and to interpret what they mean for you.  You will receive information on how to deal with potential health risks and how to keep yourself healthy.
  • Piano:  This is another class that was so popular we had to start a waiting list.  Because of the nature of the class, space is limited so call quickly.  Participants learn to read music and get keyboard practice. This class is full.
  • Advanced American Sign Language:  The introductory part of this class began last term and was so well received that participants wanted a continuation.  If you have some training in American Sign Language, come join in to learn more.
  • Jewelry Making:  This will be a great craft to learn in preparation for Christmas.  Come learn to make necklaces, bracelets, and earrings so you can make your own gifts.  Each person will leave with an item they have made for themselves.

Classes take place on Sunday evenings.  At 5:30 pm, a light supper is prepared and served in our Fellowship Hall by our church members and Concerned Women, Inc., of Grovetown for children and adults who are registered. Classes begin at 6:00 pm and last for one hour.

Besides our Career Closet (see below), we have a new opportunity for you. As an outgrowth of our March, 2017, class on Gardening, we now have 10 garden plots available for community use.  The plots will be tilled and available for a Fall garden.  You will have to furnish your own plants and maintain your own plot, but plot tenders get to harvest their crop.  Plots are available on a first come, first served basis.  Just call the church office at 706-651-1177 for details and to reserve your plot.  Leave your name and number if there is no answer and someone will call you back.  You will be notified when plots are ready to plant.

Our Career Closet is now open by appointment. Phone the church at 706-651-1177 or call 762-383-5370. Through our Career Closet, we provide free clothing for those who are going for job interviews or who have obtained a new job but do not have enough appropriate clothing. Visitors to the Career Closet can obtain two sets of clothing free of charge.  Donations are welcome and all clothes are to be gently used, undamaged, and clean.  Shoes and accessories for men and women in all sizes will be accepted.

Learning For Life at GUMC is designed to provide free, practical classes for life enrichment to those who want to learn new skills and helpful information. While no credit is offered for classes, participants will gain valuable information and will have opportunities to forge new relationships.

Jesus said that he came so people can have life, and have it more abundantly (John 10:10). While his life, death and resurrection provide the way to eternal life, he spent his earthly ministry touching lives through preaching, teaching, healing, and loving those with whom he came in contact.

Since the church is Jesus’ hands and feet in the world today, we at Grovetown United Methodist Church are offering a way for people to have life more abundantly by helping them learn skills for better living in a safe and caring environment. Classes are offered on a variety of topics such as money management, basic mechanics, crafting, and parenting. Perhaps they can use these skills in business or at home with their families. New topics are offered for each six-week term so be sure to check this site often for updates.

Classes are taught in five-or six-week terms followed by short breaks after which a new set of classes begins. Classes are selected based on suggestions from church and community members and availability of qualified teachers. All teachers are either from our church or are experts from the community. All serve on a voluntary basis.

Activities for children and teens are also available for families of those attending classes. These activities are led by people who love and respect children. Each leader has had a criminal background check and will have received Safe Sanctuaries training (Specialized training for safe child-care).

Future classes will be selected based on participant response and request as well as availability of teachers.

Not only does Learning For Life at GUMC give people opportunities to enhance their lives through learning, people in the community who want to help enrich the lives of others may want to teach classes in their areas of expertise or to serve in some other way. There will be forms available and opportunities for participants and others to sign up to help.

Other ministries will be added as an outgrowth to Learning For Life at GUMC such as our Career Closet (see above).  As we add new ministries to meet the needs of the Grovetown community, many will be afforded the opportunity to use their gifts, talents and skills in service. People can also be involved in enriching the lives of others by donating items and supplies for classes, children’s and teen’s activities, or for outgrowth ministries such as the Career Closet.