In keeping with Pastor Crowley’s vision that a community of believers can also be a community of life-long learners, the Myrtle Institute for Christian Learning offers stimulating courses aimed at enriching our knowledge and that of the broader community. A range of courses are offered free of charge and open to anyone who wishes to join us. This is a great opportunity to fellowship with old and new friends, while learning something new and interesting. Check the website for updated information about course offerings and schedules. We look forward to seeing you there!
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Advertising 101: How Great Advertising is Made
Instructor: Bro. Paul Alexander
Wednesdays – July 16, 23, 29 and 30 from 6:30-8:00pm
Do you ever wonder how great TV ads are created? We will cover the key elements of great advertising, talk about your favorite ads and why you like them, and you will understand what separates the best ads from the worst.
Fizzy Bath Bomb Making
Instructor: Sis. Sonja Spears
Saturday, July 19 from 10:00am-11:30am
Come and learn how to make those bath bombs that fizz and soften your bath water. They are fun and easy to make! This class is designed for ages 8 and up.
Black Women’s History Movie Night Spotlight
Facilitator: Sis. Imelda Price
Come and join us for a viewing of “Betty and Coretta” focusing on the extraordinary women behind the two men who would change history, “Betty & Coretta” tells the similar true stories of Coretta Scott King, wife of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (Malik Yoba), and Dr. Betty Shabazz, wife of Malcolm X. When their husbands were tragically assassinated, these two women not only inherited the mantle of the civil rights movement in America, each also found herself to be a single mother who had to find a way to raise and support her children with no husband or father, resulting in a relationship like no other that spanned more than three decades. Enjoy some popcorn and stick around for a brief discussion.
This movie night will begin a class series on great Black women in history.
Hip-Hop Music and The Justice System
Instructors: Sis. Sonja Spears and Rev. Alicia Johnson
Tuesdays, August 5 and 12 from 6:30-8:00pm
Do you consider rap music to be an art form, a disgrace, or something in between? Do you think rap is filled with boasting and bravado? Do you think it has a place in court? Come and lend your point of view or expertise on the trend of using rap music against defendants in court with two non-expert but interested discussion leaders.
Savior, Sex and Scripture
Instructors: Rev. Alicia Johnson and Deacon Peter Goddard
Thursdays, August 7, 14, 21, 28 from 6:30-8:00pm
In this course, we will examine how sex, sexuality and gender issues play out in the lives of Christians. We will explore the question of whether there is a sexual ethic in the Bible and what it may be. Through readings and film, we hope to gain a fuller understanding of how these concepts influence how we view ourselves and others. Participants are welcomed to bring their questions as instructors will try to tailor some discussion around them through the course.
Instructors: Sis. Frances Gadsden and Walking Deacon Debra Holiday
Saturday, August 16 at 5:00pm
Back by popular demand! Come out and learn basic tips for cooking and preparing healthy meals with Sisters Gadsden and Holiday.
Instructors: Sis. Sonja Spears
Friday, August 1 from 6:00-7:30pm and Saturday, August 2 from 10:00am-12:00pm
Come and design your own beautifully tie-dyed shirts with high quality dyes and a process that yields professional looking results. Class begins Friday evening then ends Saturday morning as the dye needs to set overnight. Ages 8 and up! Materials needed: White cotton T-shirt, or other item (100% cotton works best). Wear a smock or some outfit that you do not mind getting dye on just in case!
How to Use Your Electronic Device as an Instrument for the Lord
Instructor: Bro. Hubert Williams
Tuesday, August 26 from 7:00-8:30pm
Come and learn about some of the latest apps and technical devices that help you stay on top of your biblical studies.
The Myrtle Baptist Church of West Newton
“Where Love Abides”
21 Curve Street
West Newton, MA 02465