Skate church: trying a new approach

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by Deborah Knapp, KENS 5

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Posted on August 15, 2009 at 4:38 PM

Updated Tuesday, Oct 20 at 3:18 PM

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This skate church came about because kids would use the church parking lot to skate. University United Methodist decided instead of asking them to leave, they would invite them in.

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For many, Sundays mean getting up early, getting dressed and heading to services.

But one area church is trying a new approach. No ties. No suits. Just ramps and rails.

They ride the rails, ollie the ramps and know how to flip trick.

But what makes this skatepark different is the Reverend Kit Tomlinson.

On Sunday afternoons the gym at University United Methodist Church is transformed.

The skate church came about because kids would use the church parking lot to skate. University United Methodist decided instead of asking them to leave, they would invite them in.

Kit spreads the word through fliers and stickers at local skate shops, like Evolution.

Municipal skate parks can get a little rough sometimes.

This is an outreach ministry. Most of the teens aren't members of the church.

Lance Clayton first came to the gym to try out the half pipes in a safe environment, but he got a whole lot more.

After two hours of catching some air with a good board, they hear from the good book. While it may not look like it, it is a church service.

After 15 minutes of sharing the Word and prayer, the boys hit the ramps for another hour with this message:

"You don't have to get all clean, look right an say the right things. Just be here and know that He loves you," said Kit.

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