Learning for Life Ministry at GUMC

Fall Term begins Sunday, September 9, 2018

Classes will take place on September 9, 16, 23, 30, October 7, 14

Introduction to Computers: This year we’ve added a new Computer Lab to our classroom space and will be offering our first computer class this term. In this introductory class, you will learn some of the basics of using the internet and e-mail as well as how to use some basic office software such as Word, Excel, and Powerpoint. Our expert teacher says no computer experience is necessary, so “Don’t be afraid.” This class is limited to six individuals or couples, so you will be able to receive individual attention. THIS CLASS IS FULL

Painting:  This popular class is being offered again. Come learn how to choose materials and different techniques for painting with acrylics.  Supplies are furnished, and you will leave with a project of your own.  This class is limited to ten. THIS CLASS IS FULL

Piano:  This class is another repeat back by popular request.  You will learn to read music and will have the opportunity to practice what you’ve learned on the keyboard.  You’ll receive instruction from an expert and experienced teacher.  If you weren’t able to get into previous classes, here’s your chance.  This class is limited to eight THIS CLASS IS FULL.

Self-Defense:  We’re delighted to be able to offer this self-defense class which will be an introduction/beginner class in Krav-Maga, which was created for the Israeli Defense Forces.  This class is offered for males and females ages 15 and up, and will be taught by a local Martial Arts expert.  Come learn to protect yourself in threatening situations.

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.