Monroe United Methodist Church
Tuesday, November 12, 2019
Shining the light on the hill by connecting with Jesus Christ, connecting with each other, and connecting with the world.

Slinky - Stretching our minds and bridging school to the future.  


The image of a slinky in motion is clear. Such a toy teaches a child a multitude of lessons. Perhaps the first couple of lessons learned is how delicate some things are and how proper care helps to make things last longer. Still, the temptation to swap a slinky from hand to hand remains, as its just so cool to watch it reform itself with the aid of gravity.
In a sense, that’s what we try to encourage our students to do at the Slinky Tutoring Center - to “reform” their way of thinking by making learning a fun, positive experience. New students get the full introduction, as we show them how far a slinky can stretch (15’ before it bends) and how it resembles a bridge.

 

Whatever their unfortunate situation or life obstacle, we know that with prayer and hard work, they can get through it and define their own sure path. To help them see the importance of education, our tutors show them the love of Jesus by giving the children a positive outlook. Not only are they motivated to be self starters, but they are given the means to carry out a plan.

Amanda UMC and Monroe UMC is proud to continue serving the elementary students in the Middletown City School District. Since September 2017, the two congregations have been combining discipleship, education, and growth. Due to the success of improved academics and positive feedback from teachers and parents, we will persevere in this important outreach mission.
 
Why should I be a "Slinky" Tutor?
 
Most agree that a healthy social life, regularly taking on mental chanllenges, and finding happiness are all keys to a long and healthy life. It is no coincidence that volunteer tutoring is correlated with all three of these aspects. It is through a tutoring program that lives are changed - not only for the student, but also for the tutor. Realizing a student's progress through one's own kindness, patience, and loyalty is a self-witnessing measure of spiritual growth. Self-examination to explore such growth takes a lot of courage!
 
The current tutors were asked, "How do you benefit from volunteering at Slinky?". The responses were all positive: "I get to see firsthand how I'm helping them and their families."; "It takes me out of my comfort zone and gives me mental challenges."; "It made me realize that I'm good with children and can make a difference in their lives."; I have learned through working with 'at risk' children, that even small strides can lead to great successes.".
 
Stewardship that helps children to know God and themselves is more than gratifying, it gives a person an excellent sense of purpose!
 
Most any literate adult who has ever read aloud to a child qualifies. If you would like to be part of this amazing two-fold ministry (enjoying the blessings of BEING a blessing), contact Gina Craft at gmatcraft@gmail.com or call her at 937-514-3793 for details.
 
Or, if your church doesn't already have an elementary tutoring center set up - do it soon! If your church needs a boost to its children's ministry - do it sooner! For helpful tips about opening a tutoring center, contact Gina Craft at gmatcraft@gmail.com or call her at 937-514-3793 for more information.