English Language Ministry


Ruth’s Garden is an Sacramento ESL (English as a Second Language) program. We hold an ongoing series (2 classes each week) to help people become more fluent in English … practice their English … and to grow in friendship and social skills. Scholarships are available. Our course is informal and fun.

Our 2017 series of classes takes place Tuesdays & Thursdays (6:30-8 p.m.) at the church.
Start any time you like!
No cost to participate.

No need to pre-register … just show up!

We meet at Bethany Presbyterian Church5625 24th Street (24th Street and Fruitridge Road), in the small Fisherman’s House building next to the parking lot.

Questions may be directed to Ruth’s Garden ESL teacher Kathryn Boyd via e-mail.

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Ruth’s Garden is one of Presbyterian Church (USA)’s “1,001 New Worshiping Communities” and is organized by volunteers of Bethany Presbyterian Church.

Who is Ruth? Ruth is one of the most important women in the Bible. (She even has a book of the Bible named after her!) In Bible days, women whose husbands had died traditionally returned to live in the home of their own parents. The newly widowed Ruth, however, had come to love her mother-in-law—Naomi—and her new country so much … that she decided to stay and make her life with Naomi. Ruth said to Naomi: “Wherever you go, I will go, and wherever you stay, I will stay. Your people will be my people, and your God will be my God.” (Ruth 1: 16)

Through Ruth’s story, we learn how important it is to welcome newcomers … and to help newcomers feel at home in their new surroundings. Communication—speaking, listening, responding—is a very important part of growing in the “garden” to which we have been transplanted.