Outreach: Adopt a Sports Team

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To help build relationships within your children’s
church’s local community, have your children’s ministry adopt a
sports team from an area high school or recreational
league…

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It’s best if the team doesn’t include anyone in your children’s
ministry, but it might include teenagers who attend your
church.

At the beginning of the sports season, contact the coach to let
him or her know the specifics of your plan and to gain his or her
approval. Find out the team’s schedule and arrange for small groups
of children to attend home games to cheer the team. Invite team
members to be honored guests at a pizza party. Provide soft drinks
or treats as a surprise during practice. You can attach notes that
say: “Our church’s children support [the team name].” Have your
kids paint banners to hang at the school or game. Pray for the
team’s safety, unity, growth, and special needs.

Talk with your children about reaching out with God’s love even
though they may never know the impact their actions have on
individual team members. Then watch how God works!

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