Making Disciples In and Through Sport.

Ministry through sports means serving sport in the name of Jesus. We believe the purpose of sports is simple – having fun in an evangelical setting. We love to see lives impacted through the use of sports, recreation, and fitness ministries at our church. We are building bridges to the community for the purpose of leading people into a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

Our goal is to create opportunities for healthy living through physical activity and sport, develop character as well as the social and mental well being in people of all ages, and helping people see they have great potential and are created for a purpose of loving God who wants them to live life to the fullest.

Upward Basketball

Upward Sports started as a single church basketball league, and basketball has been the most popular sport ever since. We give players an opportunity to chart their own athletic journey through multiple levels of programming – all while being developed into total athletes mentally, athletically, spiritually, and socially.

Our winter 2020 league is officially closed for registration. The season will run every Saturday from January 11th through February 29th. Keep an eye out for our 2021 winter league. Registration usually opens on October 1st.

Soccer Shots

Soccer Shots is an engaging children’s soccer program with a focus on character development. It includes both soccer training and teaching about character traits. Their coaches are all background checked and trained in developmentally appropriate teaching and coaching techniques.

Soccer Shots provides a broad range of options for families, targets age specific training, and also allows us as a church to come alongside and get to know parents and families during the training and games.

Our Spring 2020 season is quickly approaching. It will run each Saturday from March 21st – May 9th. Times vary depending on age so click the button below to read more and sign up.

If you would like more information about our Soccer Shots league, please contact our Associate Pastor of Outreach, Trent Lloyd.

Spring 2020    Contact Trent

Men’s Open Gym

This Connection Group is comprised of two age groups – under 30 and over 29 years old. Come out for non-competitive basketball and fellowship with other guys and don’t forget to bring a friend! Men’s Open Gym takes place in our gym at the main campus. Contact Wes Wickenheiser for more information or just show up the night of and have some fun.

Under 30 – Sundays @ 7:45pm

Over 29 – Mondays @ 7:30pm

Contact Wes

Pickleball

Tuesdays from 6:30pm-8:30pm in the Gym

What is Pickleball you may be asking? You’ll have to see it to believe it. It’s a combination of ping pong, tennis, and badminton and it’s easy to play for all ages. This is a low impact sport and we have beginner and intermediate/advance courts so no need to worry if you have never played before.

The church provides the equipment so all you have to do is bring yourself. This is not a traditional league with formal teams so just show up on Tuesday nights and have some fun! If you have any questions please contact Pastor Trent (tlloyd@middletownumc.org) or Randy Salley (rcsalley@aol.com).

You can also check out these videos if you’re interested in seeing the game played and learning the rules in advance.

What is Pickleball?  How to Play Pickleball  Pickleball Rules

Need More Information?

We hope you’ll use this website to explore the Sports & Recreation activities we offer. If you are seeking something you don’t see here, contact the church office. We will be glad to assist.

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