Sports Ministries

Sports at Grace Connect People to God & Each Other

Upward Youth Basketball Leauge

There's something incredibly valuable about kids participating on a team. Not only for the physical activity, but also for the teamwork that they learn. With Upward, kids also have an important element of faith added in. Each game has a devotional at half-time and an emphasis on helping them to grow in their relationship with God, in addition to their basketball skills. Grace serves as the host church for the Pekin Upward league each winter.

Men's Softball Team

Grace has a long-standing team that get together to compete in a local softball league each summer. While they love to win on the field, they're ultimately there to have fun and build community. Being a part of this group helps guys to be connected with each other as they grow in faith together. The league they play in is with Pekin Part District and typically runs from April to August.

Volleyball Open Gym

Sports can be just as much about fun as team competition, and that's why we've had a consistent group meeting weekly for a volleyball open gym for years. A very casual gathering, this group simply sets up the nets and has a great time together while also getting some exercise! Anyone is welcome to come and participate - no olympic volleyball skills required!

Interested in participating?

For more information on getting plugged into one of these sports ministries, don't hesitate to contact the church office by phone at (309) 347-7131 or email at They will answer your questions or pass them along to those in charge!

If you need to know when a church sports event is taking place, please refer to our online Sports Calendar or the main Church Calendar!