Upward Youth Basketball League

kids after basketball

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 gets 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 Park 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. 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 sports ministries, contact the church office at (309) 347-7131 or email

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