LIFECYCLES exists to build young men of character. We believe that God loves — and has a plan for — each person.
LIFECYCLES wraps mentoring, spiritual development, and life skills development in the adventure of a Christ-centered bicycle touring experience for urban teens. This unique combination introduces new environments, provides physical activity and an enjoyment of creation that can be sustained for decades. And, it opens teens to communication and learning during these crucial years of development and opportunity.
In the LIFECYCLES experience, boys come under the loving mentorship of a group of men who will guide him to a fulfilling, contributing adulthood. Teens are introduced to the gospel of Jesus Christ and invited into an eternal relationship with the God of the universe. They learn teamwork, leadership, followership, the value of their education, and practical life skills from money management to healthy living habits, finding and holding a job, and engaging others with respect, honesty, and dignity.
Three days per week (Tuesday evenings, Thursday evenings, and Saturdays), LIFECYCLES teens exercise, train, and ride with the experienced cyclists and trained mentors. Weekday rides are for training, while Saturday rides explore new roads and achieve greater distances as riders build confidence and pride in their results.
In summer months, LIFECYCLES teens have the opportunity to experience optional, multi-day “challenge” rides to continue to expand their capabilities, self-confidence, teamwork and leadership skills.
Cost? All rides, FREE! Helmets, bicycles, bike maintenance, FREE! All rides begin with prayer and end with a meal. Meals, FREE! Transportation to and from events, FREE! LIFECYCLES, in partnership with Hope, believes so strongly in this opportunity that there is NO COST to participate in LIFECYCLES! No cost whatsoever!
Summer rides will be held from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm EDT
~Tuesday evenings at East Donegal Twp. Riverfront Park, north of Marietta
July 10, 24, August 14, 21, 28 and September 4
~Thursday evenings at Amos Herr Park in Landisville: 1700 Nissley Road
July 19, August 16, 23, 30 and September 6
Check the Calendar HERE.
A Great Opportunity for Kids and Adults
This is a wonderful — and fun! — opportunity not only for kids, but for adults. The ratio of involved kids to adults is almost 1/1. In 2018, we have about 65 kids involved, and almost 60 adult mentors, from Hope, from other churches, and from the community. There’s opportunity also for moms and siblings also get involved in helping with transportation, meals, clean-up, and mentoring other moms.
One of the things that excites our leadership at Hope, is that this is a fantastic way to get our dads involved with our kids, recreationally and emotionally.
Not a teenage boy and still want to ride?
If you are interested in low-key riding on a Sunday afternoon, Contact Tegan Blackbird for more information. Time would be based upon the groups needs, the pace would be an easy 12-14 mph, and a distance of 13-15 miles. Anyone is invited to join the group.