Saturday, June 25 and Sunday, June 26, 2022

Open House & Fundraiser at The Gospel Gym

Get a tour, experience A Night of Encouragement in The Studio, and visit with The Garms Family! Donations will be raised to help renovate the former Arkansaw School.

Yes! I want to attend the Open House!

If you ever…


Watch Nights of Encouragement online and feel like family…


Are curious about the building and dream about stopping by…


Feel inspired to help make The Gospel Gym happen…

This Open House is for you!

Here’s how the Open House will go…

You have two days to choose from— Saturday, June 25 or Sunday, June 26, 2022! It’s free, but you must register to attend. Doors open at 2:30 PM. You’ll enter at the main doors, The Gospel Gym. Tours with the six kids start as people arrive. You’ll visit areas—like The Studio, office wing, and other rooms—that will be “off limits” when we hold events at The Gospel Gym! We’ll have coffee and cookies in the Welcome area. You’ll get a Q+A with Dad and Mom. The Night of Encouragement concert is at 4 PM in The Studio. (Or a little after. Depends on when tours wrap up!) When the music’s over, you can stick around to talk or find a bite to eat at local restaurants!

Your Hosts

Who lives in the former Arkansaw School?

Hello, we’re The Garms Family. A family of musicians on a crazy adventure. We’re used to doing crazy stuff. Once, we lived in a travel trailer for nearly two years to help build churches. (Survived a Minnesota winter in it too.) We now tour America in a 45-foot bus—yes, all eight of us!—to encourage people with live music, honest stories, and God’s Word.

But we’re on our craziest adventure yet…

We moved to the former Arkansaw School right before COVID-19 hit the world. It’s a 55,000 square-foot building with a gym, library, cafeteria, playground, and lots of classrooms. (Literally the biggest thing in tiny Arkansaw, WI.) It seemed like we made the mistake of our lives. The dream was to turn this place into a center for Christian music, fellowship, and growth. We’d hold events in “The Gospel Gym”, have a concert series called “Hymns in the Gym”, and record music groups. God had opened many doors to get here.

But then… the pandemic shut our tours down.

We sat in this giant, empty building, wondering if we’d EVER be able to have people come.

Maybe we had misunderstood God?

We turned to Him and prayed… “Lord, You brought us here. You’ll have to sustain us.”

And He did.

(It’s an incredible story.)

Now, two years later, we’re thrilled to invite you to the first in-person “Open House and Night of Encouragement” on June 25 and 26, 2022!

Seating is limited!

The Studio holds 117 people. Only a limited amount can attend each day. Hurry, register to save your seat!

It’s a free event, and a fundraiser!

We plan to open The Gospel Gym for concerts and Hymns in the Gym. But before it can open, there are four major needs: Heating and cooling, bathrooms in the locker rooms, staging, chairs, and lights, and paint to preserve the building. Friends and church groups are ready to help us do the work! Can you help us get the materials? The Open House on June 25 and 26 is free to attend with registration! Come and enjoy it. And please consider bringing a generous gift to help turn The Gospel Gym into an unforgettable place where people are refreshed for their journey and inspired in their faith.

Register now for free tickets

Attend the Open House!

Choose your day and save your seat! (You may have to scroll down on your phone to see both dates. You will receive an email confirmation with your ticket information! If you don’t, email or call us!)

Need directions?

Find The Gospel Gym

N6290 North H Street, Arkansaw, Wisconsin 54721

Contact & Questions

Email — Phone (320) 396-3785
Address N6290 North H Street, Arkansaw, WI 54721

Will I see your home?

You’ll see where we live and work each day, but not the “home” part (where we sleep and eat). We don’t want to disappoint anyone, but we decided it’s best to keep our residence from public access. You’ll visit areas—like The Studio, office wing, and other rooms—that will be “off limits” when we hold events at The Gospel Gym! This is a limited opportunity, so save your seat!

Where can I eat?

The Gospel Gym is four miles from popular restaurants like Subway, McDonald’s, and Dairy Queen. There’s also the highly-rated favorite, Durand’s Panther Drive-In! Other restaurant-bars are nearby. Menomonie (22 miles northeast) and Ellsworth (26 miles west) also have many places to eat.

Are there hotels in the area?

Yes! Here’s a list of some area accommodations. If we can help you in any way, call or email! You may have a harder time trying to find rooms available in Menomonie and Eau Claire. But in Mondovi (if you’re coming from the east), we found a clean and affordable motel (The SunRise Inn Hotel) with rooms still available. If you’re coming from the north, look for hotels in River Falls and Hudson. Coming from the west or south? Check out these Minnesota communities: Red Wing, Wabasha, Lake City, and Hastings.

Can’t come, but want to give?

Buy a chair for the gym. Give toward paint.  Any donation helps The Gospel Gym become a place to refresh and inspire people in their faith.

Want to come help at The Gospel Gym?

Get on the list of volunteers! We’ll tell you about upcoming Work Weekends.