Pastor Sean Johnson gives direction to his team during a timeout as they prepare to continue a game with other community participants.

By Sherri Sweet
Abigail and a dance student
finish last minute details
prior to the community recital.

The Edinburgh United Methodist Church offered free community soccer lessons for six Saturdays this year. Through this community service, more than 15 children ranging from four to six years of age, were able to learn soccer in a safe and caring environment. During this time, the church was able to connect with dozens of new people through family members of the children who participated each week. A typical day included 30 minutes of practicing soccer skills, then teams were formed to play a game that lasted approximately 30 minutes. Pastor Sean Johnson and a church member, Jackie Baker, served as the teachers and leaders for this new activity.

Each day after the soccer lessons, Abigail Sweet, 14, taught dance classes in ballet and jazz as an additional service to the community. During these classes, 15 participants learned classic dance moves and prepared for a community recital that was hosted at the church. Over 200 people attended the recital. The entire church pitched in to set up, decorate and provide refreshments for all the events.

Our church is continually seeking to lead in building bridges throughout the community and is excited to see fruits in these efforts.