Posted by Angela

I wanted to announce the lineup of Winter Classes.  On February 7-8, we will be offering three classes: Polity, Prayer, and Basic.  Classes will start Feb. 7 at 6:00 p.m. and we will adjourn at 9:00 p.m.  We will start back on Feb. 8 at 9:00 a.m. and go to 4:00 p.m. We will also be offering Basic, Worship, and Preaching on March 7th and 14th.  The time for those classes will be 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. each day.  You may register for classes by using the following link:

We recommend that you purchase your books on your own. When the district orders the books for you they often do not arrive soon enough to get them to you before the class starts.  It also makes the district pay for shipping twice. The links for the books are as follows:

Polity: The Method of Our Mission by

Prayer: Shaping the Prayers of the People: The Art of Intercession Paperback – by Samuel Wells, Abigail Kocher

Preaching:  From Pew to Pulpit (Print Book) A Beginner’s Guide to Preaching Clifton F. Guthrie

Worship Worshiping with United Methodists (Print Book) Hoyt L. Hickman

Basic books will be given out at the beginning of classes.

Classes will be held at St. Paul United Methodist Church on 404 Washington Street, Gainesville.  My hope is to move our classes around the district.  If you have a church or facility that you would like to recommend, please let me know.

Chris Strickland, Gainesville District Lay Servant Ministries