A Senior Adult Ministry at Hope

The Encore Difference…

Encore is a uniquely different ministry at Hope. Ministries are normally top-down-led and directed by a Hope staff pastor. But Encore is bottom up-led by the laity, its participants who organize and serve in various teams or Life Groups based on common interests and activities suggested by Encore research. As a ministry of Hope Adult Education, Encore does have staff oversight and support from the Education Director, Matt Tubinis. 

New participants can sign up to join a specific team or Life Group that fits their interests and abilities. The teams or Life Groups are responsible for leading and managing their respective group to include planning, organizing, and producing group activities within Hope’s guidelines.

encore line dancing class

“Keep Moving and Have Fun Doing It”

Encore's Exercise & Fitness Life Group is offering a free trial for a Line Dancing Class on Saturday, November 30, from 10:00-11:30 am in Room 230 with certified Line Dance Instructor: Jesse Jones.

Jessie R. Jones is a retired Memphis City Schools teacher and administrator who has always had a passion for dancing. This led her to becoming a member of the Grizzly Grannies and Grandpas NBA Entertainment Team in 2008. Upon retiring in 2013, she began to pour herself into line dancing by attending classes several days weekly. Line dancing offered her an outlet for physical, emotional and social activity. Jessie soon decided to combine her love for dance and teaching by providing line dance instruction. First, she taught line dancing to teachers in an after school program. Presently, she is line dance instructor for Oasis of Hope Senior Program, housed in the Bickford Community Center and line dance instructor for Raleigh Community Center. Her class participants embrace her motto, “Keep Moving and Have Fun Doing It”.

Jesse is certified in the Stay Active and Independent for Life Program (SAIL), a strength, balance, fitness, and falls prevention program for seniors sponsored by the Tennessee Commission on Aging and Disability. She is also certified in the Walk with Ease Program, sponsored by the Arthritis Foundation where participants learn how to make physical activity a part of their everyday lives, and a member of the Grizzlies NBA Entertainment Team for the past 11 years.

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Encore Teams/Life Groups

Listed below are the seven proposed Encore organizing teams and Life Groups.   

  1. Communications TeamCoordinates production of monthly Encore Newsletter, social media, internal marketing activities, and Encore Database Management.
  1. Entertainment/Fun/Events: Plans, organizes, implements social activities and fun celebration events.
  1. Exercise/Fitness/Senior Olympics: Plans, promotes, organizes senior fitness activities and participation in area Senior Olympics Games.
  1. Travel/Tours/Historical VenuesPlans, organizes, implements interesting group social travel events to local and near-by venues.
  1. Personal Development/Seminars/Bible Study: Plans, organizes, promotes activities/events to enhance personal spiritual knowledge and growth in one’s Faith
  1. Community Service/Projects: Identifies, plans, organizes volunteer service events/projects in the community.
  1. Mentoring/Intergenerational Outreach: Identifies, plans, and facilitates intergenerational mentoring opportunities/activities across all age ranges.