A weekly archery program aims to introduce elementary to high school students to Christianity by providing instruction in the fundamentals of international archery as taught by the National Archery Program. ‘arc in the school (NASP).

The eight-week program began on September 23 and is scheduled to run every Thursday from 6:30 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. at the gymnasium of the Hillsboro First United Methodist Church until early December before starting again in January.

The program was introduced in Hillsboro through a partnership with the Church and Centershot Ministries (CsM), a non-denominational outreach program based in Green Bay, Wisconsin.

Bill Arledge, a certified archery coach who has won a number of state and national archery championships, leads the Hillsboro program.

“It’s not a new program, but for me it’s great because the real purpose of the program is to bring people to Christ, and archery is a tool to do that,” said Arledge.

Arledge has been shooting competitive archery since the 1980s, and he divides his time between living in Hillsboro and Omaha, Nebraska.

About 10 students attended the weekly sessions, and Arledge said he hopes to triple that number. “Twenty is a good number for us, but we could do 40 because it’s very structured, and we keep it extremely safe,” he said.

“From my perspective, I have considered myself a Christian my whole life, but I didn’t really understand what that meant until years later,” he said. “The good Lord has blessed me with the skills and talent to teach archery, and it’s time to give back, so I hope we can get some of these kids to understand the importance of having Christ in your life. “

He said he hopes the program can sow a learning seed among his students. “What we teach these kids, they might not realize for 10 or 15 years what we were talking about, but the point is to bring people to Christ and have fun while they learn,” he said. he declared.

Students interested in participating in the archery sessions can contact Arledge by email at [email protected] or call or text 402-659-6960. Archery equipment is provided, but students are requested to bring a Bible, pen or pencils, notepad, and eraser.

Contact John Hackley at 937-402-2571.

Bill Arledge (right) trains Malaya Schelling on proper archery technique.

The goal is to bring people to Christ