Table tennis club at Alamo First UMC serves as youth outreach


A table tennis club for youth is ministry of Alamo First UMC in Alamo, Tenn. Submitted photos

Alamo First UMC in Alamo, Tenn., has started the Alamo Youth Table Tennis Club in its activities building to minister to its youth group.
“The goal of the Alamo Table Tennis Club is to share the love of Christ and to be a positive influence with our youth,” Alamo member Pat Cummins said.
The club meets each Monday night from 6  to 8 p.m. under the direction of Steve Cooke and Richard Cooke, and it begins with a short devotion along with snacks. Cummins said currently, three of the tables are used for playing matches and a fourth is reserved for lessons. Membership has grown from five participants the first night to 11 new members between the ages of 12 and 18. Each week, members’ skill levels improve as they begin to master different aspects of the game. On May 26, they hosted their first club tournament.
The Alamo First UMC congregation supports the club, and many different members have volunteered to chaperone and assist. Cummins said monetary donations from both church members and from people in the community have allowed the club to purchase three new tables, while someone also donated a used table. Each Monday night, six to eight church members help with the snacks, as well, and play matches with the youth. In addition, these adults are available for counseling, and they help set up and clean up after the club meetings. 
The Table Tennis Club has become a high point of the week with church members and participating youth, according to Cummins. As the Alamo Youth Table Tennis Club continues to add new members, they look forward to purchasing more tables and equipment and to reaching more youth in Alamo and Crockett County.