Across the region, pastors and their flocks will be decked out in red for Sunday’s big Super Bowl contest between the Kansas City Chiefs and the San Francisco 49ers. For the Chiefs, its been a long time coming after a 50-year wait to hold the Lombardi Trophy. To commemorate the occasion, North Heartland Community Church is holding its annual “Football Sunday” service.
While other churches may also commemorate the Sunday contest, this Kansas City church has been doing it for years. Their Sunday service features a professionally produced 30-minute video highlighting several current NFL players and their faith. This year’s players include Anthony Sherman and Stefen Wisniewski of the Chiefs along with Levine Toilolo and Jordan Matthews of the 49ers.
Senior Pastor Rick McGinniss is a huge Chiefs fan himself and says he “watches a lot of football”, which makes these stories so much more inspiring given they are people one sees on TV every week.
“Even if you’re not a football fan, these stories are incredibly powerful and well-worth hearing,” says McGinniss.
In addition to the Football Sunday message, North Heartland is throwing a tailgate party before and after services. The party will include fun activities, such as cornhole, a tailgate favorite. The church is also giving away free Chiefs swag for a social media message to be recorded during the service as we join “The Sea of Red” (the nickname given to fans who attend Arrowhead Stadium, the loudest stadium in the NFL).
McGinniss and his staff are encouraging anyone who attends Sunday’s 9:30 AM and 11 AM services to “wear Red” for the social media support shout out.
“This Sunday is going to be a great time for all of us,” says McGinniss.
More information is available on the church’s Facebook page.