Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Skateboards meet spirituality

From Australia-

Where signs warding off skateboarders once hung, a new movement to blend skating culture with Christianity is taking root.

Tonight, Christian rock music will blare from the speakers as kids take advantage of the only place in town they can skateboard indoors. When their boards hit the ramps, they will be taking part in a new iteration of a global Christian movement called Fresh Expressions that is making the teachings of the Anglican church accessible to people who haven’t felt a connection to the traditional church.

This new skateboard ministry, which will happen every Tuesday from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., is a collaboration between a local teen who was looking for a space to skate in the winter, and a church that has switched from opposing skateboarders to welcoming them.

Last spring, skateboarders broke into the church’s hall and damaged folding tables they used as makeshift ramps.

“There was a misunderstanding,” said Rev. Christine Piper. “The youth understood they were free to come in and use the church, and that wasn’t the case. There was a little bit of distress over that.”

When the skateboarding continued, the church put up signs telling skateboarders they weren’t welcome at St. James.

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