St. Mark’s UMC Connects with Local Families by Hosting Bike Rodeo

Volunteers from Murfreesboro Bicycle Club, St. Mark’s UMC, and Reeves Rogers Elementary School worked together to put on a unique community event – a Bike Rodeo – at the church.  The Murfreesboro City School System loaned bikes for participants who didn’t own bikes.

This was a wonderful opportunity for St Mark’s UMC to invite neighborhood children and parents to the church and to create authentic connections with their community.  The church partnered with Murfreesboro Bicycle Club and offered the first SmartCycling Bicycling Skills Clinics in Murfreesboro.

The children were divided into groups and rotated among stations where they learned and practiced bike skills and safety. At the first check-in station, their helmets were fitted for them, and their bike brakes, seat height and tires were properly adjusted. Children completed a “Report Card” that they carried from station to station showing that they had completed each skill. Snacks and prizes were provided for all of the participants. Prizes were donated by bike enthusiasts in the church and community.

“We had a total of fifteen children from our church and neighborhood, as well as parents and volunteers, so probably around sixty people present altogether,” said Rev. Martha Touchton from the church.  “Three children came with either no bike-riding experience or with training wheels on their bikes; at the end of the morning, all three were riding bikes without training wheels!”  

Six children who didn’t own bikes were provided bikes through Murfreesboro Outdoor and Bikes (MOAB), a local bike shop.