‘Strength in Community Workshop’ to be held Saturday

EDINBURG – Charterhouse School in partnership with St. John’s United Methodist Church will host its “Strength in Community Workshop” on Saturday.

Rev. Elfie Finn-McKenzie, of St. John’s, said this event is an opportunity to bring together the leadership of the community to see what people are doing.

“We live in a troubling and trying world,” she said. “Our goal is for participants to learn how they can make a positive difference in their family and community.”

The workshop will offer a day of fellowship, networking opportunities and talks by individuals who have made a difference in their communities through family partnering.

Speakers will include Sherry Arey, executive director of Family Promise Shenandoah;  Rachelle Butler, senior project manager in Systems of Care, UMFS; Brandy Haden, a behavioral health and wellness coordinator; Angie Williams, senior trainer for the Open Table.

Talks will cover how to alleviate poverty in the community, how to combat drug and human trafficking in the Shenandoah Valley and tips on practicing trauma-informed care.

“This community-sponsored event will help educate families and keep them informed on ways to not only stay safe, but how to maintain a healthy and happy lifestyle,” Finn-McKenzie said.

A $15 registration fee covers the cost of refreshments and lunch. Check-in for the workshop is on the second floor of the Charterhouse School.

Proceeds from ticket sales will be used to fund missions of the Edinburg Parish United Methodist Men.

The Strength in Community mission is a faith-based family partnership program of Family Promise Shenandoah and Charterhouse School Edinburg.

If You Go


Admission: $15 at door

Time: Starts at 8 a.m.

Where: Charterhouse School Edinburg, 508 Piccadilly St., in Edinburg.