Free summer courses offered for all ages
After more than a year of restrictions, St. Paul’s United Methodist Church hopes to get people back to business.
“As people are vaccinated and looking to get back to normal, we wanted to provide an opportunity to reunite our community of Monroe in a safe way, in our beautiful church,” said Alisha Cooley, director of Christian education at the church. “We wanted to offer more than Sunday school and Bible studies as a way to include our Monroe community in the life of our church family.”
The church has created a series of community enrichment classes. The first session is June 9. Further sessions will take place on July 14 and August 11. Offers for July and August will be announced later.
Each month will consist of five or six courses on the general themes of arts and crafts, children’s activities, history, sports, outdoor recreation and various.
“These groups were selected to help people with similar interests come together as a community,” Cooley said.
The sessions will be taught by church members.
“We have a lot of talented members of the congregation who have passions to share,” said Cooley.
The series was developed by the church’s United Methodist Women and Christian Education.
Participation is free, but donations will be accepted for the missionary work of United Methodist Women.
To register or to learn more, visit stpaulsumcmonroe.org.
St. Paul’s United Methodist Church is located at 201 S. Monroe St.
June 9 Community enrichment course
Introduction to basketry
Colleen Baker will share her love of basketry and provide an introduction to the craft.
Tangram activity for children
Retired teacher Susan Fleming will lead this activity, which is aimed at elementary school children.
Woodlawn Cemetery Walking Tour
Local historian Chris Kull will lead a tour of the historic cemetery. Participants will meet at 6:25 p.m. at the church and go to the cemetery. Comfortable shoes are recommended.
Scott Goocher from Jack’s Bicycles will explain how to select the right bike, essential accessories, safe places to ride and new e-bikes.
IPhone and iPad technology for seniors
Kyle Cooley of Cooley Video Service will answer questions about these devices and cover topics such as digital photos and videos. Participants must bring their devices.