Yep, we got this idea off a Tide commercial on TV. We now have an annual mud bowl. In August we plow a 100ft by 200ft area, soak it for two days and plow it again. We then play football and freeze tag (the one where to get unfrozen you have to dive through the frozen person's legs).
The first year I did not think it would work with the kids that are always worried about their looks, but it was a blast. They invited so many friends it was unreal. We shared the gospel and gave a mudbowl t-shirt to each teen that attended that had our youth group motto on it.
David Winch, Youth leader, Quinton Baptist Church, Salem, NJ
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