Christ Central UMC member’s Eagle Scout Project provides gift for community


by Harry D Butler

An outdoor basketball mini-court has proved to be a “special blessing” for boys living in a Rainbow City apartment complex. The youngsters living behind Christ Central UMC now have a “gym” of their own to shoot basketball whenever they want.

“It’s in an out-of-the-way area of our parking lot so the children have plenty of room to play,” said Christ Central UMC pastor Rev. Sherri Reynolds. “It’s a large number of boys, and girls, too, that come to play. This is a wonderful ministry for our church.”

The church’s youth group had the complex’s youth in mind when they put up the goal post about a year ago. That prompted 18-year old Mitchell Johnson to think about expanding the project while working to earn his Eagle Scout badge. He’s a member of Troop #4092 which is sponsored by the Rainbow City Lions Club. He said that Scoutmaster Darrel Norton and fellow troop members joined him in building benches, a large wooden trash box and message board.

Johnson is a senior at Southside High School. He plans to attend the University of Alabama and has plans to enter the ministry field, possibly as an ordained preacher of the Gospel.

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