Skateboarding has always been the primary tool for ministry for The Cinder Project. Skaters are often considered outcasts, and yet are very passionate individuals and Cinder sees these skateboarders as our mission field. They are in dire need to be loved and accepted and Christ’s love must be shared with them.
Skateboarding culture is a rebellious culture. Even the notion of street skating is an act of rebellion, not just because of potential law breaking activities, but in the fact that when you skateboard in the streets, you are repurposing what society has deemed as urban architecture and re-sculpted it into something it was never intended to be. These simple acts of rebellion determine that skaters should be labeled as deviants who repurpose objects for pleasure and fun as opposed to function. At the cost of repurposing, destruction can be a result, and now a skater having fun in his cement playground is a destroyer of property.
The Cinder Project has always had a heart to provide “safe” space for skaters enjoy their lifestyle. Cinder Skatepark has been this place. Cinder was constructed to be filled with people who love to skate and love to share the heart of Christ with others. Cinder was a place where relationships could be built within the skateboarding community where no judgement is cast.
It burdens us that we currently do not have a facility to provide this place for the Charlotte skateboarding community. Ministry continues and vision moves us to push for the next place. We will be Pushing for the Park in 2012. Join us in our mission to reach and provide for the skate community and join the Push for the Park campaign.