Creating Community

Fellowship, Community, Friendship…..whatever the term, those of us at Marine Mills Folk School are hoping connections made through an interest in traditional arts & crafts will be positive and long-lasting. How cool to spend time with an artist who is willing to share her skills and knowledge. How fun to find others who don’t have a clue what they are doing either, but are jumping in to learn something new.

Social media ensures information is forwarded at lightning-fast speeds, allowing us to keep up with both the mundane and the important. We see what Aunt Betty is doing on FaceBook, get distracted by a beautiful sweater pattern on Instagram, or see news about a cyclone in India. What can be missing, however, is making a connection with another human being. For example, finding someone else who wants to improve their writing, laughing at the same joke, or simply enjoying knitting together for an hour. None of these described connections are earth-moving, but they are real experiences and can enrich our lives in small but meaningful ways.

Marine Mills Folk School is trying some different approaches to foster community. We’re hosting a ‘Knit Night’ most Tuesday evenings, where people can come knit plus share tips and fellowship (free, 6 – 7:45 pm, good will donation). We’re expanding our class offerings to allow more artist instructors to share their skills and more opportunities for participants to learn and connect. How about you, what do you do to create or strengthen community? We’d love to hear what you are doing. Got any ideas for us to enhance our community? Send those along as well. In this world made smaller by technology but seemingly more separated by our differences, we all benefit by sharing fellowship — through a folk school class, or across the table at a community dinner or anything that creates connections.