Number of weeks: 3
Required books?: No
Live video session?: Yes, optional
Part of a certification or series of courses?: No
Scripture speaks of the importance of passing along family memories:
“Let each generation tell its children of your mighty acts, let them proclaim your power.” Psalm 145:4 NLT
“So the next generation might know them – even the children not yet born – and they in turn will teach their own children.” Psalm 78:6 NLT
ATTENTION PARENTS, GRANDPARENTS, AUNTS, UNCLES…!!! Let’s spend some time this summer researching and preserving your unique family heritage. This can be a blessing for you and your family and future generations. You and they can learn from the events, thoughts, and growth in your life and in the lives of your ancestors, even from those things that may seem uninteresting, unimportant and dull.
Why create a family history?
*People want to know who they are and where they came from.
*A family history can help you gain knowledge and appreciation for those who have gone before you, where and how they lived, why they made the choices they made, and how they shaped the family’s future.
*It will help you gain greater understanding of yourself and how you fit in the overall picture of your family.
*It will help preserve family stories for future generations.
Classes are held one hour each Thursday evening (7:00 PM – 8:00 pm CST).
This course is eligible for 1.5 CEU.
About the Instructor
Reverend Shirley J. Connally is a retired teacher/counselor/minister with a B.A. (English/French), M.Ed. (Counseling & Guidance), M.Div. (Theology) and additional studies on the Doctor of Ministry Degree. She retired from public education with 36 years’ experience as an English teacher and/or secondary counselor. She also taught freshman English at the Houston Community College for several years. Additionally, she served as an adjunct professor at the Charles Harrison Mason Bible College and owned a private practice counseling office for several years.
She has served in ministry in the local church and community for most of her life. She was ordained after completing seminary while serving as an associate with three Baptist pastors and went on to serve as associate and senior pastor in The United Methodist Church. Even though most of her training and service as an adult has been in The United Methodist Church, her childhood years were spent equally divided between three denominations (Methodist, Baptist and Catholic).
She has always been drawn to teaching and helping people, so, naturally using her gifts of teaching and counseling have been dominant in her life. She has offered courses in Christian care and counseling and Bible studies for children, teens, young adults, middle adults and senior adults, reaching all developmental stages of life. She has also offered courses on God’s purpose for the family and prayer retreats, providing time and guidance for those times when we need to go to a quiet place and spend time alone with God. Her prayer is that we can study and continue to develop additional skills and a basic knowledge of how we can use the Bible to help people live better lives.
She is the mother of one daughter in business and one granddaughter. She loves teaching Disciple Bible Studies, serving on the Scholarship Committee, Nursing Home Ministry, St. Stephens Food Pantry and helping wherever she is needed in her church and community. When relaxing she loves reading, crocheting and watching Houston’s #1 sports teams (Texans, Rockets and Astros) and helping people.