When to do the Gospel message?

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When to do the Gospel message?

Post by gpraceman » Sun Aug 31, 2003 10:52 pm

I wanted to find out where during race day other groups are doing the presentation of the Gospel message.

We always plan to to do it as an intermission in the middle of the race, but it always ends up being done at the beginning, after our opening ceremonies. It has been taking us longer than planned to get the rosters double checked and printed out. Even without this problem, would it be better anyway to have the presentation before racing starts?


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Re: When to do the Gospel message?

Post by Mike Parrish » Wed Sep 03, 2003 7:37 am

For our Awana race, we have the gospel message before the event. The state race had theirs during intermission, but, in order to keep on schedule with the race, it caused the refreshment time to be a little too short for the kids.

I prefer having it in the beginning. That is where we have our devotional for our adult races we have during the year.



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Re: When to do the Gospel message?

Post by dave4him » Sun Oct 12, 2003 4:24 pm

I agree with Mike.

We have our Gospel presentation right before the race.

1. If done at intermission, people are going to the snack bar or restrooms.
2. If done at the end, people are probably thinking about going home, etc.
3. If done at or near the beginning, people and children are more attentive and less likely to go to the restrooms and snack bar. We end our race with prayer after the awards presentation.

We have opening ceremony which includes the American and Awana flag pledges, followed by the playing of the National Anthem. Then, each racer is recognized and receives a participant ribbon, (supplied through Awana). Then we present a short but clear, (around 10 minutes), Gospel presentation.

I think the Gospel talk time should be the No.1 reason for the Grand Prix, and not as just another part of the schedule.


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Re: When to do the Gospel message?

Post by gpraceman » Sun Oct 12, 2003 6:54 pm

Thanks for the input. I guess we've put the message mid way during the race, because of other Awana events that seem to do the same thing. We will probably, for the very reasons that you state.
dave4him wrote:I think the Gospel talk time should be the No.1 reason for the Grand Prix, and not as just another part of the schedule.
I agree wholeheartedly. If a race is being put on by an Awana club or other faith-based organization, and they are not doing a Gospel message, then they are missing the boat entirely on what their organization is there for, that is spreading the Good News. It should be the primary reason for the race, not the secondary reason.


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Re: When to do the Gospel message?

Post by MERuhl » Wed Oct 15, 2003 11:13 am

We follow a similar agenda, with a short Gospel presentation before the racing begins, for all the reasons stated above.

I serve as emcee for our Grand Prix, and during lulls in the action I'll relate the Grand Prix to our Christian walk, keeping it short and simple. I also mix in some Pinewood Derby/Grand Prix history/trivia along the way. Hmmm...sounds like a good thread topic...



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Re: When to do the Gospel message?

Post by tlz_allen » Fri Oct 17, 2003 12:03 am

Since we've run our races in a rotation fashion on a three-lane track, we've done it right before the third rotation.

Of course when we need to kill time due to scheduling or something, we're fortunate enough to a have a pastro with an endless array of bad jokes that he loves to tell.

However, if you ever tell him that, I'll deny it!


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Re: When to do the Gospel message?

Post by Patmanruls » Mon Feb 21, 2005 5:37 pm

I have been active in our Awana Grand Prix for the past four years, and think it is awesome. Our church also has been doing the "Upwards" program for basketball. During halftime last year, a short video was shown with famous sports figures presenting their testimony. I specifically remember one video where there were NASCAR celebrities sharing their message. I remember Joe Gibbs, and I'm thinking Michael Waltrip may have been on there to.

I have reached out to our Upwards coordinator to see if that video is available for use, or sale. I would think a derby race (scouts or Awana), would be an an awesome opportunity to show that video.

I'll keep you guys posted on what I find out.


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Re: When to do the Gospel message?

Post by Patmanruls » Mon Feb 21, 2005 6:34 pm

I have found out that and organization named "Athletes in Action", may have produced this tape, and others like it. I have reached out to them for more information. I will keep you posted.

If you want to visit, www.aia.com


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Re: When to do the Gospel message?

Post by ameliabedelia » Sun Feb 27, 2005 10:35 pm

Patmanruls wrote:I have found out that and organization named "Athletes in Action", may have produced this tape, and others like it. I have reached out to them for more information. I will keep you posted.

If you want to visit, www.aia.com
It looks like it's called "Driving Force"

http://www.aia.com/media/products.aspx

http://www.campuscrusade.com/AIA/drivingforce.htm



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Re: When to do the Gospel message?

Post by livgren65 » Tue Apr 11, 2006 1:13 pm

We have found some wonderful racing tracts from American tract society that use the colored flags of a real racetrack to simulate the colors on the armbands and the "wordless book" to present the gospel message. So, we just use the beginning to say our pledges, our prayer, and read through the tract together. We try to do this while the craftsmanship is being judged. The tract is something they can take home from the race. And, they are cheap if you buy in bulk!! Try them out!!


The Best to you all! Grace and Peace from Livgren65

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Re: When to do the Gospel message?

Post by jrdur7277 » Mon Feb 04, 2008 9:48 pm

Do the tear jerker at the top before the message, i think you should that. :idea:



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Re: When to do the Gospel message?

Post by jrdur7277 » Mon Feb 04, 2008 9:49 pm

Before the race, sprry about the misspell[/quote]



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