Welcome to the Serve Ministries blog for Floris UMC! Here is a note from our ESL Ministry Coordinator, Bob Milne:

According to Floris UMC’s volunteer English as a Second Language (ESL) Ministry teachers, the common threads that ran through the fabric of their teaching experience in this fall’s 10-week session were 1) the enthusiasm of the students, 2) knowing that the teacher was making a difference in the lives of others, 3) interacting with students who were so appreciative and grateful, and 4) seeing how learning English put a smile on the students’ faces.

This fall, 50 volunteers, almost all from Floris UMC, participated in opportunities to teach, register, and recognize our adult ESL students. Of the 155 students from 17 different countries who registered, teachers elected to grant Certificates of Achievement to 108 at a Recognition Dinner on November 23, based on class participation, attendance, and progress achieved. Teachers had an opportunity to instruct them in English at four levels of difficultyas well asa Writing class. Teachers werealso able to introduce them to American culture and customs.

We are gearing up for the Winter session now. Classes are held on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, 7:30-9:30 p.m., at Hutchinson Elementary School in Herndon. The first class begins on January 18 with registration on January 11 and 13.

You, too, have an opportunity to share in this ministry! You can experience the joy of serving others in our community where you “can make a difference”. Volunteers are needed as teachers, assistant teachers and substitutes, and to assist during registration. Floris teens are especially welcome to participate. Three played a huge role as assistant teachers this fall and found it rewarding. If you are interested, please contact Bob Milne, the ESL Ministry Coordinator, at robertjmilne@cox.net or 703-264-1928. We’ll provide orientation and training to help you be successful.

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