Wheeling the spiel at Cabarita skatepark
THE Bible's message is the same as it ever was, but churches are finding new ways of spreading the good word.
More than 300 local and visiting youngsters had a great time on Saturday at the Cabarita Skatepark in a skateboard competition organised by the Beachside Church of Pottsville.
Pastor Jamie Tasker, 27, yesterday said it was important for churches to deliver God's message in ways that are relevant to young people.
"We have a big skate culture here, but the kids complain there is never enough to do," Jamie said.
"We have looked at what everyone is saying and tried to find ways to help."
Rev Tasker said Saturday's skateboard event attracted professional judges and sponsored skateboarders, but was mostly attended by local kids.
There was also great support from local businesses, headed by Rory Curtis The Good Guys which provided the main prize of a $1000 stereo system.
The new church is holding an "extreme games night" on Saturday, May 13, at 6.30pm at the Pottsville Community Hall, with a skate ramp, X-Box challenge and break dancing.