Educational, health, and spiritual offerings for the community adult learning and groups
Did you hear about Kirk Kids Community Center?
The Kirk Community Center began in September 2013. We had several objectives in mind when we organized the center:
- To offer stimulating opportunities for members, friends and
neighbors to learn, engage with others, explore God’s
creation, or just have fun.
- To provide these opportunities at little or no cost.
- To be good stewards of our facilities during the week days
by filling up what would normally be empty space with
education, interesting projects, conversations and fun.
We are fortunate to have facilitators/teachers/leaders who volunteer their time and expertise to engage participants and enrich our experiences. If you know of anyone who would like to participant in some of the classes or activities that we offer, please let them know that everyone is welcome.
Kirk Under the Stars First Sunday evenings 2020. February 1. 6:30 PM (following Jazz Vespers) John Barnett, astronomer. Come learn about and observe the beautiful night skies with our in-house astronomer! This class meets at the Kirk.
Theology on Tap @Rare Olde Times meets monthly 2nd Tuesdays at 6PM Kevin Riley and Ray Carver, facilitators. Join for discussions about faith and current events. New participants will want to join the email list so you can get the very short essay or article that we’re discussing for the gathering. Email Kevin at firstname.lastname@example.org to be added to the email group to receive the article.
The Story of the Bible meets weekly on Monday 10AM -11AMPastor Janet James, facilitator. A DVD series of The Great Courses featuring Professor Luke Timothy Johnson and facilitated by Pastor Janet James.
Coffee & Bible Study meets weekly on Monday 11AM – Noon Pastor Janet James, leader. Bible study and discussion of the Scripture for the upcoming Sunday worship services. We gather around the library table with a cup of coffee to listen for God’s word as we study together.
Art by Hand meets weekly on Mondays 7PM Liz Barham, facilitator. We invite all Knitters, crochet-ers, cross stitch-ers, needlepoint-ers, or hand quilters to join. If you desire to learn how to do any of the above, people are available to teach you. The group is also affiliated with From the Heart. If you enjoy volunteering your knitting or crochet skills to produce items used by area hospital cancer units, pre-natal units or items for our veterans, this group is for you. _______________________________
Tai Chi for Health weekly Tuesday 10 AM – 11AM Steve Sawyer, certified instructor. Tai Chi is a graceful, gentle form of exercise that’s now used for stress reduction and a variety of other health conditions. This class is for beginners. People can participate through sitting or standing.
Orff Musical Instruments weekly Tuesday 11AM—noon Debbie Mueller, director. Orff classes use such instruments as xylophones, metallophones and glockenspiels to create beautiful sounding rhythms. You do not need to know how to read music for this class. _______________________________
Creative Expressions Art weekly Tuesday Noon—1PM Sandra O’Neill & Margot Titmus, instructors. Exploring all kinds of ways to bring out the artist in you. No experience needed. We paint fabric, glassware, learn new techniques and enjoy the process!
Beginning Bridge weekly Tuesday 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM Ellen Welthy and Tina Bechtle, facilitators. Individuals with some knowledge of bridge are welcome to come, play, and further their knowledge of the game.
Yoga weekly Tuesday 4:30PM—5:30PM
Robin Ricketts, instructor. This weekly class enjoys the benefit of yoga’s stretching and breathing exercises. Participants are urged to exercise within their comfort level. Persons of all ages and abilities are welcome.
Faith & Film monthly 6PM 3rd Tuesday Bob and Jan Chesnut, facilitators.
7PM Book Group monthly 4th Tuesday We meet at The Gayton Kirk to discuss a preselected book each month. Novels, biographies, fiction and nonfiction – a variety of selections. 2019 Selections remaining October 22 THE CITY AND THE STARS by Arthur C. Clark November 26. FORCE OF NATURE by Jane Harper
Discovering The Bible: A New Generation weekly 10 AM—11:30 AM Bland Weaver, Facilitator. Through a process of reading, reflection, discussion and creative expression, both the first-time learner and the lifelong student are invited to an engaging, rewarding encounter with Scripture that will greatly deepen their knowledge and understanding of the Bible.
Spirituality Connections weekly Wednesday 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM and/or Wednesday 7:45 PM – 9 PM Janet James, Facilitator. We will slowly read, discuss, and contemplate the various insights into spiritualty as a group experience. beginning the first Wednesday in February we begin discussing the book by Richard Rohr, The Universal Christ.
Stretch and Tone weekly Thursday 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM Betty McAnally Meador, Facilitator.
A gentle stretching class that involves standing exercises, floor exercises and ballet stretches to improve muscle tone and strengthening your core muscles. Open for all ages and physical levels. Please bring a mat if you have one.
Writing Your Memoir weekly Thursday 1 PM – 2 PM this creative writing group will be facilitated by Nancy Owens. Nancy is excited about coaching and encouraging people to see their lives as a blessing. The course description: Through memoir writing, participants enrich their lives …and leave a keepsake for future generations. In this class, memoir writers will hone their writing skills through an expressive visual journal working with text and images.
Writing prompts will be used for exploration and expression, plus “artsy” techniques to enhance one’s visual journal.