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Christ, Camaraderie, and Competition

Posted by Tunch Ilkin on

It's that time of year again, fellas: time for bocce!

For the last six years as summer turns toward fall, the men of The Bible Chapel host a Bocce Night filled with pizza (we get the good stuff), friendly competition (suitable for both the Type A's and Type B's among us), some crazy shirts (you don't have to wear one, but you can definitely enjoy the visual on those who do), and most importantly, the Gospel. Bocce Night is a great, non-intimidating venue for introducing the message of Jesus Christ to your buddies or co-workers who don't know him.

Likely you're familiar with the outdoor game of bocce, a hybrid of lawn bowling and shuffleboard with a hint of skee-ball thrown in. The beauty of the game is that anyone can play - even if you're a couch potato, you can be a great bocce player. Here are some other interesting facts about bocce:

  • The Egyptians are believed to have invented it. They played with polished rocks.
  • The Egyptians brought bocce to the Greeks, who in turn brought it to the Romans, after which it became popular throughout Europe.
  • It got so popular that Kings Charles IV and V of Spain actually banned it - they said it interfered with archery practice and other military exercises.
  • In 16th century Venice, playing bocce could get you imprisoned.
  • Great Britain took the opposite view. They celebrated the game, becoming diehard players. Legend has it that Sir Francis Drake learned of the approaching Spanish Armada in the middle of a bocce match - and finished it before defending his country.    

If Sir Francis Drake had time for some bocce before dealing with an invading armada, we think you can squeeze in a game or two on a summer Friday evening. Below, press play below to hear more about Bocce Night:

So, men, we're looking forward to seeing you on Friday, August 19, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the South Hills Campus. And bring a friend or two!

Register today for Bocce Night

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