Greetings, Upward Families!

(A letter from our Director and Administrator)

Regarding COVID-19,


It doesn't seem that long ago that last year's season ended and COVID-19 began. Though COVID-19 has heavily affected our lives these last few months, we hope this email finds you all happy, healthy and with more time to spend with God and family.

Typically, we would be sending you this email to let you know about the upcoming registration period, but this year we are sending you this email to update you on the status of the season. Instead of opening up registration in September as we have in the past, we are going to wait until Utica Community Schools makes the decision on Winter Sports before we move forward this season.


We believe that we are supposed to offer this ministry in some capacity, but we want to ensure that we have a clear and consistent path to offer it successfully even if it looks different than in previous years. Considering, this league is offered during the Winter months, we want to take some additional time, now, to prepare properly.


Please know that the safety of our Upward players, fans, families and volunteers is our #1 priority. Upward Basketball at Stoney Church has always been a ministry first and a basketball program second, so hopefully you can understand this decision.

Still, we believe that this ministry and the people involved have a lasting impact on this community. Right now, we don't know what Upward Basketball will look like this season, but we are praying to be able to bring it to you in some capacity. We at Stoney Church value our Upward Families and want you to know that we are here for you. We know that these are trying times for many families with uncertainties related to the upcoming school year and we want to remind you that we are always available for you.

Though children's programs are not currently running during church services as normal, we do have in-person and online church at 10:00 AM on Sunday mornings. If you have any interest, please email or follow Stoney Church or SC Kids on Facebook.


We will keep you posted as new information arises, but please feel free to reach out to us with any questions and concerns.



Pastor Nathan Bills (Upward Director) - nathanb@stoneychurch

Courtney Gray (Upward Administrator) -

About Upward Basketball

We use the game of basketball to reach local families with the message of Jesus Christ, pointing them to the hope that comes through Him. This basketball ministry is for girls and boys from Kindergarten to Grade 6. Registration happens in mid-September, practices are one night each week beginning December 8, 2020, and games run from January 9, 2021 through March 13, 2021! We have expanded the season and are playing an additional 2 weeks, and are having two family nights to get connected better through our players and their families! All practices, games, and family nights take place in the Stoney Church gym. Cost is $120 per child.

Volunteer Opportunities

We need volunteers for Upward Basketball! Just over 1000 people come through our doors every Saturday during the season, and many people are needed to ensure those days run smoothly! We need referees, concessions people, scorers' table people, and those willing to help us clean up at the end of the day! Game days are Saturdays from January 4th through March 7th, 2020. Games start at 8:00am, and end around 5:30pm. You can volunteer for all of the day, or just part of the day! There are also two Family Nights this year we will need volunteers to help run! Even kids are welcome to help out! We can sign-off on high school honors for students who wish to volunteer.

I want to coach!

Times & Location

Saturday Games

Two Family Nights:

Dates TBD


11711 26 Mile Road
Washington, MI 48094

I can be a referee!

I can help with the scorers' table for games!

I want to help with a Family Night!

I can help with concessions!