Learning for Life Ministry at GUMC

Next Term begins Sunday, October 28, 2018

Classes will take place on October 28, November 4, 11, 18, December 2, 9

Computer Lab—Microsoft Programs:  Whether you have no knowledge or some knowledge of Microsoft programs such as Word, Excel, Powerpoint, etc., you will find this class helpful.  You will learn to navigate the symbols on your tool bar, bar, make charts and spreadsheets, add references, etc. This class is limited to six.

Knitting/Crocheting:  If you know nothing about knitting or crocheting, or if you know the basics, come participate in this fun group.  Perhaps what you learn will solve some of your gift-giving problems for Christmas.  If you’re already an expert, come share in the group experience.

Parenting:  You will learn from an experienced parenting expert who has served the CSRA for over thirty years.  She will help you understand such things as why kids act the way they do, how to talk to kids so they’ll listen, how to encourage kids, and how to eliminate temper tantrums.  You will identify your parenting style and how it relates to your success or failure as a parent.  All parents want to be good parents, so come enhance your parenting skills.

Practical Painting:  Do you have a room in your house that needs painting, but don’t know how to start?  Could the outside of your house use a little spiffing up with a new coat of paint?  This class will show you how.  You’ll learn how to select the right paint for the job, which brush to use, what materials you need, and you’ll get to put the techniques you learn into practice.

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.

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.