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

    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. You may register upon arrival or click HERE to print a registration form to bring with you.

    Zoom Yoga
    Join this online yoga class for a gentle, relaxing hour-long practice. With a focus on releasing tension, this course offers a gentle approach to breathing, seated warm-ups, slowly flowing motion, standing poses, two-legged and one-legged balance poses, and seated and reclining stretches and poses. Modifications are offered, comfort and safety are emphasized, and everyone is invited to alter poses and set-ups for what is appropriate for them; for instance, some may prefer to sit on a sturdy chair rather than on a yoga mat. With the class occurring online, it's recommended that participants have at least some yoga experience. Yoga mat, comfortable exercise attire, water, and a towel are recommended; use of yoga blocks or other props if available may be helpful but not required. A prayer/devotion time will be included in each class. A new session begins each month & pre-registration is required.

    Cost is $15 per month and includes both 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. Pre-registration is required. An intentional time of prayer and devotion is help at the end of each class session.

  • 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. 

    We are not able to offer a session of "Skills & Drills" this fall, but hope to resume in the fall of 2022.

  • Kids Soccer

    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. Pre-registration is required. Childcare is provided if needed. An intentional time will be set aside for devotion and prayer.

    Contact the Christian Life Center office, 289-9153, if you have any questions.

    Registration for this session can be found HERE HERE and will close on Monday, September 20 at 9:00am.