Red playground ball. Circle on the blacktop. More aggression than any small child should be able to muster. Pain. Ring a bell?
For many, this word inspires fear and trembling. Memories long forgotten of red cheeks, skinned knees and that one-of-a-kind sound that is only made when a pitted, rubber ball hits exposed flesh. A childhood rite of passage that we hope our own progeny will never have to endure.
Well guess what? We’re bringing it back! This isn’t your mom’s version of dodgeball. This is dodgeball 415 style. Yeah, we’re still throwing balls at kids (and your child’s small group leader may or may not get a little satisfaction out of it), but we’re also building community and creating lasting memories that your kids won’t look back on and cringe, but will remember the awesome time they had growing closer to each other and Christ though a time of high-energy fun!
Still unconvinced? I don’t blame you. There’s a lot I’d rather do than play dodgeball. But I’ll let you in on a little secret: It’s not about dodgeball. It’s about kids coming together behind a common purpose to be known, loved and accepted - by their church, their community, and an adult (aside from Mom or Dad), who loves Jesus and models well what that looks like as they get older. Whew. That’s a lot.
How are we going to achieve this? For starters, their small group leader is the team captain. Leadership? Check. Their small group and any 4th or 5th grade friends they want to bring are their team. Outreach? Check. Community? Check. But it doesn’t stop there. We want to see spirit like never before. That means: team name, cheering, costumes, mascots - the sky’s the limit! And you'd better believe there will be prizes. Fun? Check and check. Finally and most importantly, each kid in attendance will hear the good news of Jesus Christ and what the finished work of the cross means for their life. What more could you ask for?
Okay, well I will say one more thing for those skeptics whose dodgeball scars run deep. Our dodgeballs are soft…ish. No playground balls over here. These are competition-grade, lightweight, guaranteed to “virtually eliminate stinging hits,” top-of-the-line dodgeballs. We’ll also feed your kid for free. Now you’re out of excuses. Start forming those teams, and we’ll see you at the blacktop (a.k.a. the North Campus sanctuary).
- Friday, January 11. 5:30pm - 8:00pm
- North Campus sanctuary, 2044 E Nees Ave., Fresno, 93720
- All 415 students! And bring a friend!
- Free! Pizza will be served.