Sports Ministry

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Welcome Sports Ministry

We are committed to growing athletes of action through a unique blend of martial arts, fitness, and sports related activities for the purpose of developing spiritual leaders within the church and the community at large. We accomplish this by recognizing the importance of practicing both physical and spiritual fitness. By coupling a study of scripture with self defense and other fitness activities we strive to develop five basic qualities: Courage, Courtesy, Integrity, Humility, and Self-Control. These are qualities that we believe benefit everyone throughout their lives.

  • Courage gives us the ability to make unpopular decisions and live with them. Some will despise your decision but they will ultimate respect the fact that you stayed with it.
  • Courtesy is the respect that we show to others. This should done even when we disagree with something they may have done or said. 
  • Integrity is acting on the knowledge of right and wrong and choosing the right thing.
  • Humility and self-control are the spiritual qualities that identify just who we are. These are often the first two qualities that others notice in us.

Each of these qualities are found in scripture and should be exercised in the physical realm.


Shorinkan Karate 
1st grade - adult: Mon.  & Thurs. 7:00 - 8:30 PM

Shorin-Ryu Shorinkan Karate is an Okinawan martial art form that has been proven as a viable personal self defense system for over 600 years.  Focus is placed on direct movements to evade and counter attacks. The techniques are done with graceful and yet powerful movements while developing posture, coordination, and attention to detail.  This class is offered FREE of charge.

Fitness Classes br /> Class times vary - See our Facebook Page for times  

Fitness classes are offered periodically throughout the year in 6 week segments. All fitness levels are welcome to attend.  These class are offered FREE of charge.  
Street Smart Self Defense 
Seminars held periodically throughout the year – call for upcoming dates

SStreet Smart Self Defense is based on practical, yet simple applications that you can learn in a few hours. The techniques are based on instinctive responses that allow you to act realistically and confidently in a threatening situation.   This is a great seminar for those embarking on high school and college and for families to take as a whole.  This seminar is offered FREE of charge.

Wed. 6:00 - 8:00 PM

 Jiu-Jitsu is a form of self-defense that focuses on how to defend yourself if someone takes you down to the ground.  This system adheres to the principle that a smaller, weaker person can successfully defend themselves against a bigger, stronger opponent by using leverage to apply joint-locks and chokeholds in order to restrain and/or defeat them.  This class is offered FREE of charge.


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We are always looking for unique and creative fitness challenges.  Crop Walks, Mudders, Fitness Walks/Runs.  We also have a group of daily walkers that meet at Industry City Park at 6:45 PM.


Sports Movie Night

Join us as we gather together for a night of fun and fellowship as we enjoy a favorite, wholesome, sports related movie.


See the Games

You are welcome to join us on one of our planned sports trips.  All sports are considered and trips are based on group preference. 

More about the Sports Ministry Program...

TThe Welcome Sports ministry was developed to grow athletes of action by recognizing the importance of practicing both physical and spiritual fitness.

Since October of 2013 we have been offering classes in Karate, Self Defense, and Fitness.  We have had an active Jiu Jitsu competition team.  We have also led fitness activities through our group of Welcome Walkers who meet at Industry Recreational Park.  We have a dedicated group of fans (The Scream Squad) who attend both Bellville and Brenham football games and make as much noise as possible.  This past year we were a proud sponsor of the Bellville High School Rowdy Reds Student Section and the Bellville High School Bowling Team.  We have also attended rodeos in support of our kids and young adults.

We sponsor a Shorin Ryu Seminar and Self Defense seminar every January and coordinate with our friends, Kyoshi Charlie Dean and Ray Owles' Shorin-Ryu Karate, for monthly training sessions.

Movie Nights:  Now that we have the new hall and a large screen, we have begun our Family Movie Nights. Check the church bulletin and newsletter for dates and times. 

Thanks to a proud Boy Scout we now have completed our new 12 X 12 X 70 foot batting cage and it is open to the public.

The outdoor volleyball court has been moved and is ready for play.

Here's what we're working on right now:

There is a possibility that a soccer net will be added to the outdoor fitness area.

Future Goals:

  • MudRuns:  Several members have expressed an interest in participating in 2017/2017 in another Mud Run.
  • Fitness Classes:  We are in the preliminary stage of offering dance fitness classes again soon. 
  • Football:  We would like to sponsor/organize a Family group next year (2018) for the football season to give all of the small kids in attendance their own version of the ROWDY REDS.  (The BULL PEN).  Our own Scream Squad would help lead them in cheers, offer face painting, etc.  This would be an outreach to Sunday School aged kids.  The cost would be minimal:  face paint and maybe some small cowbells.  Again, this would be covered by donations.
  • Sports Trips:  We are working to plan church trips to sporting events throughout the year. 

So where do you fit into all of this?  Get moving.  Do something for yourself for a change. Meet the walkers at the park.  Use the fitness room. Attend one of our classes.  Help build the batting cage or help with the sports building and volleyball or soccer court and then again, get moving.  Take care of you and your Temple of the Holy Spirit.

We are here as a ministry to the young and the young at heart.  Everyone here could stand to be in better shape.  You dedicate your lives to your families and to your church but neglect the body which is the Temple of the Holy Spirit.  So why not join us in bettering ourselves for Christ.

We are here for you.  All of our ministries are free of charge and require only your dedication and attendance.  And our ministries are open to everyone in the community, not just church members so invite a friend along.  It'll be even more fun that way.

Get moving ... and Be Blessed.
Angela Sutton



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