What is Sweaty Sheep?
What is Sweaty Sheep?
Our services and outreach opportunities aid in this by providing safe places to grow, relevant worship and mission opportunities that facilitate the development of each individual, and a community of individuals with similar passions of which to travel in fellowship with. Sweaty Sheep helps to make religion not only relevant, but fun, emphasized through our motto of “re-Creation through Recreation,” and we truly believe that play is an essential component of spiritual growth.
|What is Sweaty Sheep? Think about it this way:…I wonder when,
in the course of the Christian experience,
we decided that church,
meant sitting still?
When did we decide that faith
If you believe that worship is movement,
If you connect with God
If you believe that God yearns for us
I invite you to join the flock and be part of a
Team Sweaty Sheep has a goal of LIVING!!! and showing others how beautiful and how good life is!
Lucia Capocchione states:
God created this world, this life, to taste good…
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.
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. Sweaty Sheep is supported by the Presbyterian Church (USA); however, we partner with a variety of churches and denominations and do not put any particular denominational label on our community. No matter what denomination or religion you belong to – or if you don’t belong to any at all- your welcome here!
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.
What community outreach programs is Sweaty Sheep involved with?
Achilles International, Angels in Disguise, and Waterstep. We work together with the residents St. Vincent de Paul to accomplish great things through running and walking, Yoga, education, and personal relationships. runPossible doesn’t turn people into great athletes, it starts a self-transformation process, initiated by physical movement, that aids in the development of life changing friendships and self-confidence.
Every Tuesday we meet for a walk/jog at 6:15pm and on Thursdays an 11am recovery themed Yoga class hosted by the 502 Power Yoga crew! Both at 1029 s Preston street in the SVDP community Development center Like us n Facebook @ https://www.facebook.com/runpossibleLOUISVILLE
Does Sweaty Sheep have a central location?
The world is our playground… We are in the midst of launching Sweaty Sheep Santa Cruz (and would love your participation in its formation). In Louisville we work alongside of St. Vincent DePaul with our runPossible program and our monthly services are often in Cherokee park. Keep up to date on both programs via Facebook: Louisville and California
Who We Are
Ryan, Minister of Recreation at Garfield Park Christian and the National Presbyterian Hunger & Homelessness affiliate for the bay area, is a self declared Christian Mystic and urban monastic... not to mention a Philosophy nerd who believes the heart of our faith lies in our questioning and exploring it (and that isn't usually an 11am Sunday morning thing!) He holds a masters degree in Divinity from Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary where he received the "presidential preaching award" and a 2nd in Nonprofit Business. After having worked as a Chaplin in the Grand Tetons, a sailing instructor in Annapolis, and various other "playful" positions around the country, he settled down in Louisville and founded Sweaty Sheep after being "dared" into the louisville Ironman triathlon back in 2010. He has run over 40 marathons and 5 Ironman triathlons, is a certified triathlon coach and crossfit instructor, and enjoys the surfbum lifestyle in the heart of West Cliff Santa Cruz with his adopted little sidekick named Chewbacca. Visit Ryan’s blog to read some sermons, thoughts, and Bible Studies he has written at http://runningmango.wordpress.com and consider having him out as a guest speaker/preacher at your next event or service.
Lacey leads our Louisville chapter and has a passion for nutrition, community, and wellness. She is a registered dietician and fitness instructor with a passionate and openminded faith perspective and cannot wait to meet you!
Slow runner (and proud of it!), Team Sweaty Sheep assistant, and pastor of Langcliffe Presbyterian Church in Avoca, PA.