To help build relationships within your church’s local community, have your ministry adopt a sports team from an area high school or recreational league.
It’s best if the team doesn’t include anyone in your children’s ministry, but it might include teenagers who attend your church.
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How to Adopt a Community Sports Team
1. Get Approval From the Coach
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.
2. Know the Schedule
Find out the team’s schedule and arrange for small groups of children to attend home games to cheer the team.
3. Support 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.
4. Bring It Back to God
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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