Mission Statement Making a difference in our community through Christian outreach in a fun and safe environment.

Purpose Statement Our primary purpose is to expand the knowledge of Christ among youth by setting a positive example and providing a safe place for recreation.

Vision Statement To be Washington's premier skatepark and recreational facility by providing each guest with a variety of activities in a friendly, affordable, Christian environment.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Pics from Skate Night - 2/23/09

Videos from Skate Night - 2/23/09

February 23 - Personal Study


1. Read I Corinthians 10:12. How do you think this plays out in your life?

2. We read Hebrews 4:15 on skate night. Now read the next verse Hebrews 4:16. How should you go to God when you need help? How does this change how you look at prayer?

3. Read James 1:13. Some people say “God tempted me, and that’s why I fell.” What does the Bible say about that?

4. Read James 1:14-15. Falling prey to evil desires/temptations will eventually lead to what?

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Skate Night Information & Waiver

Skate night information is now posted on the right hand side of the blog along with a hyperlink to the waiver which is now available online.

Monthly Donation Subscription


You can now donate $20 a month easily and effectively supporting the skate ministry.

At www.madskates.blogspot.com a "Subscribe" button has been added on the right hand side, which allows you to begin donating $20 per month. The subscription is on going until you choose to cancel it.

It costs us approximately $500 per month to keep skate night operational including rent, vehicle maintenance, vehicle insurance, skate night insurance, ramp purchases and the discipleship program. Your monthly support is greatly appreciated. As always, your donation is fully tax deductible and online donations are secure.

Thank you for your prayerful consideration.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Skate Night Waiver

We are attempting to get our skate night waiver put online. Until then, please email me (brett@madskates.com) if you need a copy of the skate night waiver.

Waivers must be signed by a parent or legal guardian in front of a M.A.D. Skates staff member. If you are unable to do this, please take the waiver to a notary and sign it there. Any waiver signed off-site must be notarized. Please note that most banks will notarize for free if you have an account with them.

Thank you.

February 16th - Personal Study


1. Read Galatians 3:26, and I John 3:1a. In your day-to-day life, what difference does it make to know that you are God’s child? How does it change the way you look at your life?

2. Read Psalm 22. Describe in your own words what David is going through in this passage.

3. Read I John 5:14-15. What does it mean to ask according to his will?

February 9th - Personal Study


1. Read Isaiah 40:30-31. In what area are you stumbling, falling, or growing weary? How can you bring God’s strength into that area of your life?

2. Read Ecclesiastes 3:1-8. What “time” or “season” are you in right now? How does knowing that there is a time for everything change your perspective on your current situation?

3. Read Ex. 15:2, 2 Samuel 22:33, Psalm 28:7-8, Psalm 46:1, Isaiah 40:30-31, and Philippians 4:13. Which of these scriptures stands out to you or means the most to you? Why?

Skate Night - Personal Study

As part of our Discipleship Program, participants earn points each week through a variety of activities. One of these activities is taking home the Personal Study questions, completing them, and returning with them the following week. Since many of us are terrible at keeping track of a single sheet of paper, I will be posting the Personal Study questions/assignments here on the blog each week one or two days after Skate Night, so participants who have lost their sheets can still complete the assignments.

Friday, February 6, 2009

Delivery Bags, Keys, and the Future

Thursday I stopped by Papa John's in Bothell and met Sean, the manager. He gave me three pizza delivery bags to keep the pizza warm at skate night. How cool is that?

After stopping by to meet Sean, I went over to the church to pick up the building key. Yes! I met with Pastor Ritter for a few moments while I waited for the key, and we had a good conversation.

I'm really glad that the vision that was birthed in this church has returned to take root there. I pray that like a mighty oak, M.A.D. Skates' roots will be deep and strong, and that many may find shelter under the branches that grow from this firm foundation.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Skate Night Pictures

Setting up the pizza and snacks.Kory and Connor off to an easy start.
Bible Session.
Wrestling practice, buying new shoes, over 2 hours of skating...

First Skate Night - 2-2-2009

First Skate Night – 2-2-2009

At 4:10, I left work with no clearance from the insurance company. It looked as though we were going to have to call it off for this week and try again next week. At 4:15, I made the call to Julie at Church Mutual in a last ditch effort to get the O.K. Julie took my call and said all was O.K. We were good to go! We were in! Praise God for getting the insurance handled.

The schedule was for me to meet Micki at the church at 5pm, so I drove home quickly within the speed limit, changed clothes, let the dogs out, fed the dogs and cats, jumped into the van after loading the last couple of items, and hurried down to the church driving the M.A.D. Mobile for the first time! There’s nothing quite like making your maiden voyage when you’re in a hurry.

Larry (from Bethany Bible Church) arrived at 5pm to let us in and go over a few details. Micki, Wes, and I set up the gym while Bev ran for some pop since I had forgotten the pop back at the office. It took about an hour to get everything set up, and soon after we finished, Connor and Kory showed up. I let the guys move the ramps around, putting them where they wanted them. Throughout the night, this proved to be a huge a success as we continued to let the youth play with the layout. Praise God for the Freshpark ramps we have! They are light and easy to move, and as an added bonus, they fit in the van!

The pizza arrived at 6:20 as scheduled. Papa Johns stepped up and gave us a discount on the pizza, and I believe they are going to give us a couple of pizza delivery bags to keep the pizza warm. A big shout out to Papa Johns!

Dominic arrived a little later and the three boys enjoyed a lot of open skating as no one else came last night. Honestly, I feel this was God’s plan as we needed a good dry run to get our feet wet, figure out how to set up and run everything, and there was really no pressure since we only had the three guys.

Even though we only had 3 guys, I felt it was important that we stay on schedule, and so we did our 7:30 break for Bible time. After a quick High/Low, the Bible Drill seemed to be a big hit with the guys getting a little competitive with each other. I gave a very short message on God’s provision and how He cares about the big stuff and the little stuff. I shared the last minute provision of the insurance and the story of my buddy J.D. and how God provided money to cover all his bills as well as providing his heart’s desire for pizza and Mt. Dew. I encouraged the guys to invite God into their skating and every aspect of their lives, because God cares about them and what they are doing.

I quickly talked about our Discipleship Program, which I think is going to work out very well. Micki will be the main point of contact on that on a weekly basis, so it was good that she was there to meet the kids. We will start awarding points next week.

At 9pm, we shut the place down. Kory instantly volunteered to help put the ramps away. A shout out to Kory and Connor for helping pack everything up. Larry came back at 9:30 to lock up the building for us, and we’ll be getting our own key for next week. I’m hoping to pick that up this Thursday.

To anyone looking to come out next week, please remember there is a waiver that must be signed in person by a parent/guardian in front of a staff member or notarized if signed off site. A form may be obtained by calling or emailing me, and I will email one to you. I am hoping to get a waiver online soon. As a side note, helmets are always required at M.A.D. Skates events.

I am incredibly thankful for the support I have received from family and friends. Thanks to Katie for coming out just to say, “I’m here to support you.” Thanks to Micki for your commitment to this ministry; I’m looking forward to seeing how God uses you. Thanks to my mom, Karen Bennett, for coming down from Mt. Vernon to help wherever needed and take a few photos for us as well as driving back to my house to grab my helmet so one of the kids could skate. Thanks to Wes & Bev for helping set up and selling snacks. I’m glad you’re part of the team long term. Thanks to Larry for everything. You have been a huge part of us getting to use the gym, and I can’t thank you enough. Thanks to my husband, Jason, who has given up a lot of “us” time in order for me to pursue this ministry. You are my heartbeat and the one who always keeps me smiling. I love you. Sincere thanks to everyone who donated to us in order to get the insurance in time. Last but not least, thanks to everyone who diligently supported us in prayer; we could not have popped a single ollie without you.