What is Sweaty Sheep?

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What is Sweaty Sheep?

What is Sweaty Sheep? Think about it this way:

…I wonder when,berlin-77789_640
in the course of the Christian experience,
we decided that church,
that worship,
meant sitting still?When did we decide that faith
was a passive experience?

If you believe that worship is movement,
in the acting out of our faith
through a mixture of service and play,
then maybe you are a
Sweaty Sheep.

If you connect with God
through laughter and activity,
through hiking a trail as well as sitting in a pew,
then maybe you are a
Sweaty Sheep.

If you believe that God yearns for us
to squeeze every ounce out of life,
smell every flower,
and dance every chance we get,
then maybe you are a
Sweaty Sheep.

I invite you to join the flock and be part of a
Christian MOVEMENT,
through which we actually MOVE.

There is a certain fellowship built through sweat, through play, and through competition. Unfortunately we know little about roughly 30 years of the life of Christ, but one could only guess that the Messiah, the same Christ who possessed such a rich and nondiscriminatory love, who stepped out of boats onto the water, who turned water to wine, knew how to enjoy life.

Team Sweaty Sheep seeks to bring together like minded Christians to show the world just what is possible through the strength of and faith in Christ. We don’t venture to condemn “nonbelievers,” there is no swinging “the sword of scripture,” but simply a desire to share all that is Christian life by having fun, by worshiping, by sitting around talking, laughing, singing… Team Sweaty Sheep has a goal of LIVING!!! and showing others how beautiful and how good life is!

Lucia Capocchione states:

“Play keeps us vital and alive. It gives us an enthusiasm for life that is irreplaceable. Without it, life just doesn’t taste good.”

924 serviceGod created this world, this life, to taste good…
Can we truly worship God if we are not “alive?”

We are under no false presumptions that a church has walls. Some churches do have walls and that is fantastic; beautiful things happen inside those walls and in those pews. But we certainly do not restrict the “Christian practitioner” to a certain gender, race, orientation, etc. As well we do not restrict our personal capabilities to any mortal standards. If God Created us, God is certainly capable of being the judge, we just need to love.

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FAQ

Is Sweaty Sheep a church? What denomination?
Yes, Sweaty Sheep is a church. A church isn’t a building, but a group of people who have been called by God for a purpose.calvin Sweaty Sheep is supported by the Presbyterian Church (USA) and by Mid-Kentucky Presbytery, the local group of Presbyterian churches. Right now, Sweaty Sheep gets a great deal of support from one of those churches, the Church Gathered at Calvin, whose building we use on Sunday morning. They contribute a great deal to the worship aspect of Sweaty Sheep, and we’re grateful for that! However, everyone is welcome in Sweaty Sheep, no matter what denomination or religion you belong to – or if you don’t belong to any at all! We worship every Sunday at 9:24 AM (8:30 for yoga!) at 2501 Rudy Lane. Come by anytime!

disabled athleteDo I have to be a runner or a triathlete to be part of Sweaty Sheep?
Absolutely not! Though Sweaty Sheep has an interest in the endurance athletics community, we love to play -and encourage others to play- in a variety of ways; be that beach volleyball, water-gun fights, kickball tournaments, yoga, or Ultimate Frisbee! We want everyone to feel included and involved in incorporating worship into physical activity.

How do I get involved?
For starters, join our email list! We send out monthly E-pistles, our version of a newsletter. Check us out on Facebook to look out for upcoming Sweaty Sheep events, or use the link in the menu above to subscribe to our Facebook announcements for non-Facebook users.

How can I financially support Sweaty Sheep? bostonvigil
We’re glad you asked! You can always donate here… Or check out our Sweaty Sheep store!

What community outreach programs is Sweaty Sheep involved with?
Achilles International, Angels in Disguise, and Waterstep. If you represent an outreach program and would like to link up with Sweaty Sheep contact Ryan Althaus at runningmango@msn.com.

Does Sweaty Sheep have a central location?
Yes! Come to 2501 Rudy Lane (Calvin Presbyterian) at 8:30 on Sunday mornings for yoga, and 9:24 for worship!


Who We Are

Ryan Althaus
Ryan holds his masters degree in Divinity from Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary and is a certified triathlon coach and crossfit instructor here in Louisville. He worked as a Chaplin in the Grand Tetons, a sailing instructor in Annapolis, and various other playful positions around the country. He has run over 20 marathons and 3 ironman triathlons and just recently adopted a hairy little sidekick named Chewie. Visit Ryan’s blog to read some sermons, thoughts, and Bible Studies he has written at runningmango.wordpress.com and consider having him out as a guest speaker/preacher at your next event or service.
Alex Becker
Slow runner (and proud of it!), Team Sweaty Sheep assistant, and pastor of Henryville Community Presbyterian Church and Mount Lebanon Presbyterian Church in Henryville, IN.
Tavi Wallace
Hey gang, my name is Tavi Wallace and I'm the intern at Sweaty Sheep! I'm currently working as a barista at Starbucks and studying communications/Spanish at UofL. I love running, coffee, photography and try never to take life too seriously. I feel excited and beyond blessed to be joining the team and hope to form lasting memories and relationships with all of you :) Cheers!