Experience Faith
Fitness and

Sports and Fitness Ministry at Ankeny First
Builds Christian Community where all involved can experience
Faith, Fitness, and Friendship (F3).

Sports, recreation, and fitness activities create a unique way for individuals to unite and create a special community. We want to take that common bond created by athletics and use it as a platform to share the love of Christ with our friends, families, and the community.

Throughout the year, we offer a variety of activities for adults and children. Explore the listing of offerings below to find out how you can get inolved in sports ministries and Ankeny First United Methodist Church.

For more information on this ministry, contact the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 515.289.9153.

  • Adult Fitness

    A variety of fitness options are offered at the Christian Life Center. Invite your friends and neighbors – church membership is not required.

    Seniors Exercising Together (S.E.T):
    Join our community of seniors and active older adults for a total-body workout! SET classes are designed to increase flexibility, joint stability, balance, coordination, muscular strength and cardiovascular endurance. Our workouts combine aerobic, flexibility and strength training with plenty of fun and fellowship. 

    Drop-In Fitness Classes
    Drop-In Fitness classes are offered at the Christian Life Center. Pre-registration is not necessary. You can register upon arrival or click here to print a registration form to bring with you.

    Cardio/Strength is a blended class which offers a section of cardio to help you burn fat followed by toning moves to build muscle. Modifications are available to make this class suitable for all fitness levels.
    Chair Yoga offers a gentle form of yoga that is practiced sitting in a chair, or standing using a chair for support. 
    Yoga Join us for one hour of drop in yoga! With regular practice, this class improves balance, concentration, and flexibility in an approach that may be modified for all experience and comfort levels. Beginners are welcome! Practice basic poses while releasing stress. Particular attention is paid to safe alignment. Bring water bottle, mat, and towel. This class will be on Wednesdays starting September 4, 2019 at 1:00pm.
    Mini Core/Yoga Strength This combination class uses two highly effective and complimentary regimens- a two for one! For the first 20-30 minutes of each class the focus will be on the powerhouse/central core of the body, including abdominal muscles. Drawing on core focused exercise models, this portion of the class enables participants to increase functional muscle strength. For the last 30-40 minutes, the focus will be on using yoga based gentle stretches to release tension, increase flexibility, and prepare the body and mind for 5-10 minutes of relaxation. Bring a yoga mat, water, and towel. This class will be on Tuesdays starting October 8, 2019 at 10:30am.

    Cost is $20 per month which also allows you to participate in any of the drop-in fitness classes.


  • HIIT F3

    High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) is a total body, heart pumping, aerobic and strength conditioning workout. This interval-based class combines full-body strength training with high intensity cardio bursts designed to tone your body, improve your endurance and clear your mind before the busy days get started. Modifications for all fitness levels are provided.

  • Holy Yoga

    Holy Yoga 101 Workshop is a four-week series consisting of 60 minute classes held weekly. The first week introduces physical postures, breath work and biblical meditation and includes a yoga practice. The second, third and fourth weeks consist of gentle classes that encourage strength, flexibility and endurance of both body and spirit. Perfect for those new to yoga or those wanting to bring their Christian faith into their existing yoga practice. Watch for future classes here.

  • Adult Open Basketball

    Saturday mornings from 6:00-8:30am

    Adult open basketball is open to anyone ages 18 years and older. Games take place at the Christian Life Center. Show up with your neighbors and friends – no pre-registration required. Just drop in and have some fun. Contact the Christian Life Center office with questions, 515.289.9153.

  • Kids Skills & Drills

    Skills and Drills” is a co-ed basketball program for kids in Kindergarten through 5th Grade. This program works on the fundamentals of basketball including dribbling, shooting, and being a team player. This program occurs each fall at the Christian Life Center. 

  • Tae Kwon Do

    Our Sports Cluster partners with the Academy of Martial Arts Inc. to teach martial arts to children, ages 4-6 years. In Little Ninjas, our goal is to help your preschooler be the best they can be at everything they put their minds to, by improving basic motor and listening skills. Instructors are good role models who are trained to work with preschool-aged children. Your child will be engaged in a fun way, learning to listen to instructors and work cooperatively with their fellow ninjas. Classes will include of an intentional time for devotion and prayer.

    Uniforms are NOT required for this program.

  • Kids Soccer

    Soccer registration is open!
    Click HERE HERE to register to participate.
    And HERE HERE to volunteer.

    Each summer Ankeny First United Methodist Church offers a recreational soccer league for kids Pre-K (4 year olds+) – 5th grades. (PreK players must be four years old by the start of the season.)

    Games are played 3v3 so that every member of the team gets equal playing time, more action, and equal touches on the ball. Kids soccer is open to everyone in the community, not just those who attend Ankeny First. Each session will include a brief devotion. Games are held at the Christian Life Center (710 NE 36th St).

  • Adult Volleyball

    Watch for future start dates here.
    TIME: Games are played between 6:00pm and 9:00pm
    COST: $20/player
    Twice a year, we hold an 8-week co-ed volleyball league at the Christian Life Center. You can sign up individually or as a team. Teams require a minimum of six players. We offer two divisions for our volleyball league – Recreational and Competitive. Please see the descriptions below to determine which league best fits your skill level. Pre-registration is required. Childcare is provided if needed.

    • Players exhibit some prior experience, mostly at the recreation or high school level
    • General knowledge of rules/strategy associated with the sport
    • Uses two or three hits to create a volleyball play
    • Most players engaged in creating volleyball play, with some variation in hitters being used
    • Decent passing and setting ability, with some spiking, blocking and digging
    • General team cohesion with and organization with many players of different skill levels

    • A wealth of prior experience at the high school, club or college levels
    • Superior court positioning and high degree of court awareness
    • Consistently uses three-hits to create a strong volleyball play
    • All players engaged in creating a strong volleyball play, with all hitters being used and in a constantly varied rotation
    • Superior passing, setting, smashing, digging, and blocking ability
    • Team is organized and plays as a unit with few to no inexperienced players
    • Highly skilled both mentally and physically, with excellent court sense and ability to read plays developing.
    Contact the Christian Life Center office, 289-9153, if you have any questions.

  • Start Smart

    Watch for future dates here.

    Start Smart is a program for boys and girls (ages 3-5) that teaches the basic motor skills (throwing, catching, kicking, batting) necessary to play organized sports. The program focuses on teaching children and their parents basic sports mechanics without the threat of competition or the fear of getting hurt. Parents, along with volunteer leaders, participate with their child as they go through four different stations each class. Each session includes an age appropriate devotion. 


Ankeny First United Methodist Church
206 SW Walnut Ankeny, Iowa 50023