Fall Ball


Calling all softball players ages 18 and up, Faith Promise’s Sports and Rec Ministry will be playing fall ball at the Sports Complex in Karns on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings. Practice begins in two weeks. Games start in August. Game times start between 6-9. We have co-ed and men’s teams available. Spots are filled on a first come basis. If you are interested in learning more or signing up to play today, email Jaime Dillon at JDillonc@aol.com.

Join Us as We Begin a New Mountain Bike Group, Monday, Arpil 8th at 6:00pm at Concord Park


Come ride with us Monday, April 8, at 6:00 pm at Concord Park. With spring quickly approaching; the mountain bikers of Faith Promise Church are gearing up to hit the woods!

Every week we will meet at different biking destinations. The most common are Haw Ridge in Oak Ridge, Norris Watershed in Norris, I.C. King Park in South Knoxville, Concord Park in West Knoxville, the Urban Wilderness (commonly known as the “Dirty South”) in South Knoxville. We will ride for about an hour or so and then have fellowship in the parking lot.

We will take several “epic” (long) rides in the warm months. There are several destinations within a couple of hours that are great for traveling to. These would be all day trips that would require meeting at the church and carpooling. We will do these epic rides about once a month.

We will ride in ability groups so that no one is left behind. If there are not enough participants to break up into groups, we will ride based on the pace of the least experienced rider. We can support as many riders as will participate using the ability group method.

Everyone is welcome, even those who have never been off road on a bicycle. We will work together to improve everyone’s skill level.

The Sounds of Spring are in the air!


The sounds of spring are in the air!  Spring is a perfect time to renew your body and spirit as God refreshes our world.

Pastor Chris referred to the Bible as our owner’s manual.  That is surely accurate.

The Bible says: “Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, wither thou goest” Ecclesiastes 9:10, KJV

Simply stated:  Get busy and live!  You can’t do anything when you die and life is short.

Being alive doesn’t mean you are living. Make your time matter.  Do something for God, your family, your church, and yourself.  Get moving!

In Bible days they worshipped, hosted events, and even had Olympic style games.   In the spirit of games and connecting our people Faith Promise Sports and Fit will host an Olympic fun day later this spring.  The week prior it we will have meet, greet, and sign-up opportunity.  Not to worry, our events will be fun and FP style. No need to be a pro.  Keep an eye out for more announcements.

The Lord Works in Mysterious Ways. Sports and Fitness are Among Them!


Sheila was looking for a Christian Women’s basketball team on Craigslist. The sports leader for Faith Promise responded to Sheila’s ad.  The person Sheila was talking with was friendly and they had a conversation.  Sheila was invited to be a part of Faith Promise’s basketball team.  At the time she was not attending Faith Promise.  Now she attends Faith Promise Church, has a small group, and is involved in sports.  I think she would agree that God has blessed her with many new Christian friends because of Faith Promise.

Sheila Roberts, we are glad to have you!  We are even more thankful for all the crazy ways God speaks/deals with us.

Sports and fitness are great but what do they have to do with church?!


Sports and fitness are great but what do they  have to do with church?! Why does  church focus much time on non-church activities?

This young girl is trying her best to be the child God wants her to be. Her story is why sports, fitness, and other Christian friendly activities are essential.

Being a teenager is hard, but being a Christian teenager is even harder. We face problems and are tested every day. I have to admit that I am not perfect, and I do fail, but I try my hardest to live for God. Peer pressure is a big challenge for me and every other Christian teenager. Every day I hear profanity, talking of drugs or drinking, and pre-marital activities. In fact I don’t have a single friend at school that doesn’t fall in one of those categories; some are even in more than one.  I made a decision a long time ago not to do any of those things, and now that I am saved I feel even stronger about that. It is hard for me though because all my friends are doing these things, and I don’t want to be left out. I just tell myself that it is not as fun as it looks. Drugs lead to serious illness or death, same with alcohol, profanity makes you look less intelligent, and pre-marital activities lead to diseases and pregnancy. Also the verse, Philippians 4:13, helps me a lot. It lets me know that I can say NO. When a guy wants to take advantage of me I can say NO, when my friends are talking inappropriately I can say NO, when someone ask me to do drugs I can say NO because God gives me the strength to. Any Christian can say NO, and though it may be hard God will give you the strength. The decision I made has shaped my life. People don’t like being my friend, guys won’t talk to me, and my friends exclude me if they want to have ‘fun’. Things like that can bring you down, and can cause you to become depressed. I find myself feeling down a lot because I feel like I have no one, but that isn’t true. Christian teenagers have one thing going on for them, and it’s the most important thing, we have God. God will always be there for us (Hebrews 13:5). As that verse says we shouldn’t be down because of the things we miss out on because we have God with us always. I know from personal experience that if people don’t want to be your friend because of your beliefs they’re not worth it, and if no one will date you because you’re “too lame” that just makes finding the right person for you so much easier. Friends are the tough ones though. You just have to find a friend who thinks the same as you. So when your other friends are out doing things they shouldn’t, you can hang out with that one other person. If you don’t have any other friends like you, than just talk to God. He will be your best friend, and he is the best friend you could ever have. I find myself a lot at home alone just talking to God. He knows how I’m feeling, and he will take care of me. He will be there for you too.

She is one of the many reasons for extra activities.  Christians, of all ages need fun too!   Tell us what you’d like to see more of from Faith Promise Fit and Faith Promise fit kids.  Email teresalynnsheppard@gmail.com or find us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/FaithPromiseFit .