Praise and Prayer

Praise: Skate Church started about six years ago at Central Bible Church in Portland, Ore., and immediately took off, becoming a popular youth outreach. Many kids come to Skate Church because it is one of the few places to skate when it rains; however, some kids also come to listen to God's Word. In fact, if skaters leave before the mandatory Bible session, they cannot come back until they participate in a Bible study. Jon Collins, a church intern, said that although Skate Church has a strong biblical message, the staff focuses on building relationships to effectively talk to skaters about Jesus Christ.