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Ministry connects seniors with today’s tech

by | Oct 20, 2021 | UMC News

By Jim Patterson
Originally published by UM News

Joyce Long isn’t asking for all that much.

“I want to use this (tablet) for communication,” she said, as she waited for a recent Project Connect class to begin at Gordon Memorial United Methodist Church.

Long, 88, with glasses, a mask to protect her from COVID-19 and a blue baseball cap obscuring much of her face, was hoping to get competent on Zoom so she can visit with relatives and keep connected to church when she can’t be there personally.

She was in the third week of a four-week program teaching her to use a tablet.

“When they offered it, I signed up,” Long said. “Whatever I can learn will be more than I knew because I didn’t know anything.”

Gordon Memorial is using a $7,000 grant from United Methodist Discipleship Ministries to fund Project Connect.

“The idea came about because many people were not being able to tune into the worship experience when COVID hit,” said Julius Witherspoon, a Gordon Memorial member and project manager for Project Connect. “We had to shut down the church for over a year.”

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