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8 Churches Hold Sports Camp Together, 5 Professions of Faith Made

Posted: 6/30/15 at 9:00am. Article by Tony Brooks

Last year, I had the privilege of coaching Melanie Lassiter, church and community director for Peninsula Baptist Association, while she participated in Uptick. I discovered that Melanie coordinates Sports Camps in the summer with churches from her association and that it has become a great outreach tool.

Several pastors in Appomattox and Dan River Baptist Associations were interested in learning more about sports camps. Last fall, Melanie agreed to graciously come and spend several hours training nine pastors on ways to use sports camps/clinics. As a result of that meeting, two sports camps have been held this summer.

In May, four of the churches in Dan River Baptist Association conducted a sports clinic where three children gave their life to Christ.

David Sexton, Pastor of Elon Baptist Church, leads campers to the obstacle course.
David Sexton, Pastor of Elon Baptist Church, leads campers to the obstacle course.

Last week, eight churches (Calvary, Elon, Glenn Memorial, Grace Hills, New Hope, Providence, Spring Creek and Union Hill) in the Appomattox Baptist Association conducted a sports camp from 9:00 AM until 12:00 PM every day.

They reached around 60 children with a rotational sports event that included flag football, basketball, soccer, an obstacle course and dodgeball/kickball. Each day there was time for a devotional as each of the four age-graded groups rotated through each station.

While several of the children already attended area churches, the camp reached a large number of children who were unchurched. Two children asked if they could have a Bible since they didn’t have one, which the leaders happily supplied.

Pastor Scott Curtis of Providence Baptist Church in Brookneal shared that “this week has been phenomenal – we had five professions of faith!”

The planning team consisted of:

  • Adam Tyler, pastor of Grace Hills Baptist Church in Appomattox
  • Chad Harris, pastor of Calvary Baptist Church in Concord
  • David Sexton, pastor of Elon Baptist Church in Pamplin
  • Ron Moore, pastor of New Hope Baptist Church in Appomattox
  • Scott Curtis, pastor of Providence Baptist Church in Brookneal
Adam Tyler, pastor of Grace Hills Baptist Church, and Scott Curtis, pastor of Providence Baptist Church, have a little fun.
Adam Tyler, pastor of Grace Hills Baptist Church, and Scott Curtis, pastor of Providence Baptist Church, have a little fun.

Pastor Chad Harris said, “As I have observed the camp this week, I have been struck with the beauty of churches working together cooperatively for kingdom building. Various churches with a variety of ages – and no egos – have been likeminded and have served greatly throughout the week.”

In addition to this camp, Calvary and Providence will both be involved in other sports camps in August together.

I have always believed we can accomplish much more when churches work together for the Kingdom. We simply need to be available and willing as we look for opportunities to connect to the larger BGAV family and beyond!

Brooks-TonyTony Brooks is our Sunday School/Discipleship Specialist and Field Strategist for the Southside Region. You may email him at tony.brooks@bgav.org.

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