Is the Greater A Manger community center on Cooley Drive open? Every time I drive past, it looks closed.
The Greater A Manger Holiness Church, which operates the community center, is gearing up to use that location for a summer family care program for kids in June, according to church pastor Timothy Jackson.
“We go on field trips, have fun activities in the building and play sports games,” Jackson said. “We try to keep the kids active.
“We want to do a year-round program, but right now we just do it in the summer.”
The program is eight weeks long and starts on June 2. In addition to recreational activities, the children also participate in reading programs on Thursdays, which are put on by the Gainesville/Hall County Alliance for Literacy, and nutritional programs on Wednesdays, which are conducted by the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension.
In the past, the church has tried to start an after-school program for children, but lack of funding has forced it to put off those plans, Jackson said.
“A lot of people in the community helped us get the center going, and I want to thank them,” he said. “We’re still active, just not as active since the economy went down.”
The Greater A Manger Holiness Church is a Pentecostal worship center that meets three times a week. Sunday services start at 12:15 p.m. after Sunday school, which starts at 11 a.m. In addition, the church has a 7 p.m. Wednesday service and a 7 p.m. Friday prayer group.
The summer program lasts from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and runs from June 2 to July 24. The cost is $150 for the entire program, but Thursdays are free. Children between the ages of 4 and 14 can attend.
In addition, the facility is available to rent for private functions.
The community center is at 960 Cooley Drive in Gainesville, and the church is across the street at 947 Cooley Drive. For more information, call Jackson at 770-519-4990.