Sport plays a big part in many people’s lives. With another exciting summer of sport ahead, are you looking for ways in which your church can make the most of the great opportunities these major sporting events provide to reach people in your community? If so, we have just the thing for you!
How about organising a sports quiz? In 2014, as part of their engagement around the Commonwealth Games, over 90 churches in Scotland hosted a sports quiz, with materials provided by Christians in Sport. Or what about arranging a “Night of Champions” event? Night of Champions is a multi-sports tournament perfect to run in your church to help engage young people.
The free downloadable Sports Mission Pack 2016 available from 4th May at www.christiansinsport.org.uk/2016 includes:
Guides on how to run different sports events including sports tournaments and ‘big-screen’ events
A multimedia sports quiz
A 2-minute gospel film called 'Born to Play' along with a 5-minute sports-themed gospel talk
Help on how to follow up with people coming to your events
Information about readysetgo.ec - a website with a whole host of resources for running events in your communities.
Douglas Roberts from St Stephen’s Comely Bank church in Edinburgh said: “The resources were brilliant and made it very easy for us to organize. The quiz looks very professional and our guests had a fun evening full of laughs and most importantly heard the good news of Jesus Christ. I would strongly encourage churches to use the quiz and other Christians in Sport resources to reach out to people in their communities.”
Or perhaps you have young people in your congregation or community who play sport seriously? The Sports Plus summer residential camps offer ‘serious sports action for serious young sports players’ (P7- S5) in your churches, schools and communities. This week of specialist sports coaching, and team competitions for young people, is taking place at Glenalmond College from 10th-15th July. Sports Plus is the perfect way for young people to improve in their sport, while exploring more about the Christian faith and what it means to be a Christian sports player. For more information, and to book a place, check out the website here.
Perhaps your Kirk Session or congregation might consider helping to sponsor some of your young people to attend Sports Plus? Franny McGrath, a youth worker from Aberfeldy Parish Church, said: “Over the years Sports Plus has been an instrumental part of our youth programme. With solid Bible teaching and professionally run sports it is a must for any young person involved in sport. As a leader it is fantastic to see young people being exposed to the Christian faith as well as seeing young people coming back enthused to follow Jesus, having the confidence to represent him in their chosen sport.”
Whatever you choose to do, make sure your church doesn’t miss out on the opportunities which sport gives us to engage with lots of people in our communities. For further information please see www.srtp.org.uk