‘Center Shot’ Program trains kids in archery while having fellowship

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A Mannington church is reaching out to kids in the community through sports with a non-denominational faith based program uses archery to minister to youth. 

Kids at the Mannington Church of the Nazarene have a unique way to have fellowship on Thursday nights. 

‘Center Shot’ is a program for kids from 4th to 12th grade that was brought to the Mannington Church of the Nazarene three years ago. 

“What Center Shot does, is different from other sports. It includes all people of all ages. From young, to old. You don’t have to be a sports star to be involved in Center Shot,” said James Ellis, Pastor.  

This is an 8 week Archery training program with a Bible Study incorporated into the gathering.

Riley Fluharty says she has been attending the program for the past three years. 

“I love it. I think it’s one of the funnest things for anybody to do. It gives you experience with shooting even if you don’t have it, and the little service that they do, it’s just really nice,” said Fluharty. 

Kids learn basic shooting techniques. 

“We focus a lot on safety, and we walk through all of the different aspects of shooting a bow, a compound bow. We start off with large targets, and then as they progress in their skill level, they actually get pretty good and they’re able to hit smaller targets. We make games out of it and make little competitions,” said Doug Hayes, member of the church and volunteer with the Center Shot program. 

“We not only enjoy it as adults, and other adults come out just to watch it. But also , we find the kids really enjoy it and they have a good time with it,” said Ellis. 

‘Center Shot’ is held every Thursday night from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Mannington Church of the Nazarene. 

The first official night of the program begins Thursday, January 25.

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