Those 60+ years of age are invited to participate in a variety of activities from fun day trips to Bible study to mission projects and trips. Activities include luncheons, plays, day trips and excursions to places such as Ireland, Williamsburg, and international cruises.
LAF Bible Study - Tuesdays 9:30 - 11:00 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall. All welcome! New study on prayer begins April 29th and ends on May 27th. Joel and Elaine Helms will teach this study. We will take a summer break during June and July. Stuart Milne will be teaching on Revelations beginning August 5th.
Aging Well New Bible study series at 11:15 a.m. in Loft E. Where is God taking you? This 36 week study covers six topics - The Aging Challenge, The New R & R: Retired and Rewired, Generations Together, Sage or Curmudgeon, The Aging Family and Marriage, and Finishing Well. Study each topic or pick the ones that are right for you. Each topic has a book that goes along with the session. Books can be purchased online or in the class. Next series, Sage or Curmudgeon, starts Sunday, April 27th.
Events and Activities
Educational and Support Classes
Caregivers Support Group
This group is for those caring for a loved one. It provides a safe place where ideas, struggles and hopes can be shared. Group meets the first Thursday of each month at 7:00 p.m. in room 108.
Day and Overnight Trips
April 26th: Georgia Ensemble Theatre - We will enjoy the 4 p.m. showing of Camelot at the Roswell Cultural Arts Center. Cost is $20 per person. Register here.
June 4th: Braves vs. Mariners - Join us and enjoy the 12:10 game. Cost is $15 per person. Buses will depart JFBC at 10 a.m. Registration is full. Contact the LAF office to be put on the waitlist.
September 18: Chick-fil-A Headquarters - Join us as we tour the Chick-fil-A headquarters and then lunch at Green Manor. Cost is $20 per person. Registration coming soon.
October 23: North Georgia Fall Trip - Join us as we enjoy the beautiful fall leaves, pick up some delicious apples, dine at Pat's Kountry Kitchen and help stock a local food bank. More details coming soon.
Extended Overnight Trips
April 29 - May 6, 2014 - Holland Tulip River Cruise - Join us as we enjoy the beautiful Holland tulips in spring time.
August 27 - September 3 - Jackson Hole to Mt. Rushmore National Parks Trip - Join us for a tour of Jackson Hole, Grand Tetons, Yellowstone National Park, Badlands National Park, Mount Rushmore and more. Register by contacting Marsha Hall with AAA Travel at 770-565-5700 ext. 2234.
Fitness and Exercise
JF's Recreation Ministry provides wonderful opportunities to improve your wellness. Check out the Group Fitness schedule with class descriptions on our website. Register online for classes or walk on the JF track, at your own pace.
Silver and Gold Ministry
A community outreach to the elderly, homebound and sick. We desire to exhibit the love of Christ through words and actions as we encourage and provide assistance. Silver and Gold is the umbrella ministry for Crochet, Petal Pushers and Magnolia Ball as well as Sunday Worship and weekly Bible Studies held at assisted living facilities. Anyone serving in this ministry will be required to complete our Safe Harbor Abuse Prevention form.
Petal Pushers meet during the school year to arrange flowers and deliver them to nursing homes or assisted living facilities. When delivering, they visit briefly and offer to pray with the resident. They meet the second and fourth Mondays from 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. The group breaks for the summer and resumes in September.
This is a unique opportunity to get to know someone on a more intimate level. Our volunteers, as part of our Helping Hands Ministry, arrange visits to fit their schedules. These can be a short talk or walk, trip to the store or to lunch. On weeks that a visit is not possible, a call or postcard serves as a reminder that someone cares.
Also a part of our Helping Hands Ministry, Widows Mite serves the widows in our church by providing assistance with light home repairs and other needs.
Second Wind Dreams
Make the wish or dream of the elderly a reality. Fulfilled dreams include escorting someone to a high school Reunion, going to see a favorite athlete, a shopping spree and an autumn drive in the mountains. Anyone can be a dream weaver. Dreams are presented at the annual Magnolia Ball. With the help of non profit, Second Wind Dreams, we make dreams come true.
Hooked on Crochet
Our Evening group meets in Room 331 on Wednesdays during the school year. We make lap robes for nursing home residents, baby blankets for mission trips, hats and scarves for cancer patients, and more. The Morning group meets year round on the first and third Wednesdays in the Bride's Room. We have loving and patient teachers. Beginners are welcome!
Assisted Living Worship and Bible Studies
JF volunteers provide Sunday worship at Sunrise East Cobb, Manor Care, and Arbor Terrace; and a service at Atria and Sterling Estates on the second and fourth Sundays. This opportunity allows individuals to worship or come to know Christ. Weekday Bible studies are provided at Sunrise on Wedenesday evenings and Elmcroft of Roswell on Thursday evenings. Teachers, encouragers, pianists and song leaders are needed for worship and Bible studies.
Adopt a Granny
In December, we sponsor retired North Georgia pastors and their wives or widows. You may register to adopt online or contact our office. A tree with information is located in the area behind the sanctuary.