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‘Clubhouse’ Events for all

Are you a Christian involved in sport?
Do you play, coach or officiate?
Are you keen to reach your community through sport?
Clubhouse is an evening for you and others from across your city who are passionate about reaching the world of sport for Christ.

PLAYERS & ATHLETES // COACHES // OFFICIALS
CHURCH LEADERS & WORKERS // PARENTS // TEACHERS
YOUTH (16+) // STUDENTS // ADULTS

To checkout the locations and dates visit:
christiansinsport.org.uk/clubhouse

All Souls London Sport

All Souls Church in Langham Place London has an all year round sports ministry programme called SOLE Sports.

SOLE Sports has many regular sports as well as some annual trips, tournaments and special events. The sports currently on offer are:

Badminton Friday eve Central London badminton@allsouls.org
Basketball Saturday AM Central London basketball@allsouls.org
Climbing Once a month Westway climbing@allsouls.org
Football Monday eve Central London football@allsouls.org
Pilates Monday eve

Tues 12.30

Central London pilates@allsouls.org
Running Thursday eve Pimlico running@allsouls.org
Sailing Sunday PM (summer) Locations vary sailing@allsouls.org
Ski/Snowboard Once a year Europe sports@allsouls.org
Table Tennis Friday eve Central London sports@allsouls.org
Tennis Saturday AM Regents Park tennis@allsouls.org
Touch Rugby Saturday AM Regents Park / Wandsworth Common touchrugby@allsouls.org

For more information email play@solesports.org visit www.solesports.org and find us on facebook – SOLE Sports.

Christian Golf Society

Christian Golf Society: www.christiangolfsociety.org.uk

CGS logoCGS Nat Church Cup Rego Form 2016

CGS support a growing number of church based events around the country by providing a grand final for the winners of each event to qualify for and to play in. The National Christian Golf Cup final is held around August-September each year. The 2016 Final is being held on Saturday 20th August in Oxfordshire.

There are tournaments in Essex, Surrey, West Midlands plus many other counties across the UK every year. Do make contact to find out more, to join in with one of the events or to set up your own in your Church. It could be a four-ball or 100 strong, just doing something with your Church Golfers and inviting your friends is the idea!

Email: david@christiangolfsociety.org.uk

Engage 2015 – Rugby World Cup

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Engage 2015 is a cross denominational campaign set up to help UK churches  serve  the rugby community during the World Cup event in October 2015. We have no official status within Rugby World Cup 2015.

Our aim is to help UK’s churches demonstrate God’s love by serving the World Cup 2015, and the rugby community during it, to the fullest possible extent.

Our approach is that Engage 2015 should be centrally resourced and locally delivered. Thus, our role is to;

Provide churches with inspiration, information and resources

To build relationships between the church & the rugby community

The World Cup – the third largest international sports event – comes to the UK during September/October 2015.

It will involve:

  • 20 national squads from across the globe – including all the home nations
  • 48 games and 50 training centres spread – from Newcastle to Exeter, and Cardiff to Brighton
  • 400,000 visitors from over 100 nations
  • Wall to wall media coverage

This presents every church with another great opportunity to serve the event and share God’s love.

It happened during the London 2012 Olympics and the Queen’s Jubilee.

Now we can do it again

Offering during the world cup:

  • chaplaincy to teams
  • youth and children’s events
  • festivals
  • family hosting
  • guest events
  • sports quizes
  • games pastors
  • volunteering

For more information, please email info@engage2015.co.uk

Website: www.engage2015.co.uk

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Engage2015

Facebook: www.facebook.com/Engage2015

 

Events

The National Christian Football Festival (www.ambassadorsfootball.org)
This is a fabulous football  festival for church based teams from all over the UK. Teams enter from Sunderland to Stockport, from Essex to Birmingham and from Bristol to Surrey, a great mix of sides playing with great spirit and skill.
The 2014 event will again be held in Loughborough after previous stagings in Manchester, Derby and Bristol.

Contact Ambassadors Football on 0845 071 4390 or email Festival Co-ordinator Steve Read on sread@ambassadorsfootball.org for further information.

NCFF form 2014 – Print entry form here

The London Churches Football Tournament

2014 will be the 11th year of this expanding tournament that provides a well organised event for London based Churches. The Soccerdome at Greenwich by the O2 is used and it has proved to be a superb venue with it’s 8 5-a-side pitches on 3G astroturf undercover.

Youths: U10s, U12s, U14s, U16s have their own day this year on Sat 3rd May.

Men & Women play on Bank Holiday Monday 5th May.

This event is provided by Ambassadors Football with partnerships over the years with Kick London, Christians in Sport, All Souls Church, Trinity Church Islington, Sportsforce and Founders ‘Church on the Corner’.

All teams must represent a Church and entry is on a first come first served basis so make contact soon.

Contact Steve Read on sread@ambassadorsfootball.org for 2014 Tournament information. Or download an entry form here:

LCFT Entry Form 2014

Dave Oakley Ambassadors CEO sharing a message in 2012
Winners Emmanuel London

 

Faith and Fitness

Faith and Fitness

We are a small christian sports group who meet every Thursday at Seymour Leisure Centre, London W1K 5TJ from 7-9:30 pm. We study 5 verses and discuss 5 questions in a spin studio and then head out to go running or play racket sports including badminton, table tennis and squash finishing with a prayer and food at the local pub. Join us! All abilities and people welcome!

Facebook# https://www.facebook.com/groups/FaithFitnessFellowship.FFF/

Twitter# https://twitter.com/FaithFitnessFF

Instagram# http://instagram.com/faithandfitnesslondon

Website# http://htbfaithandfitness.wix.com/faithandfitness

Football Ministry Training

Ambassadors Football stage training days for folks interested in learning more about Football Ministry.  We would also love experienced football ministry practitioners to come and share their secrets and mistakes with others so we can all learn from each other!

For more info contact Steve Read on sread@ambassadorsfootball.org

The last training day was  at the Soccerdome by the O2 in London. Six different football ministries based in the UK shared their experiences and knowledge and the feedback was very positive. Dan Owen from Ambassadors Football shared about the new Community Cage Franchise project that helps Churches connect with local youths especially; Chris Roe, Crystal Palace Chaplain shared some insights into Chaplaincy in the professional game; Tom Rutter from Kick London taught on youth academies; Steve Miles from Christians in Sport shared about supporting Professionals in the game with their faith; Mark Blythe shared 20 years of experience running Church teams and leagues; Linvoy Primus shared about playing in the Premier League for Portsmouth and how he is now called to share the Gospel; James Jaggard of 90+ Ministries spoke about the academy work in the north west and putting football coaches into local schools and churches and highly qualified John Squires of Ambassadors took a coaching session on the pitch with delegates joining in as they wanted to. An amazing day of football ministry.

Contact Steve for more information about the next event sread@ambassadorsfootball.org

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Global Congress on Sports & Christianity

In light of the dramatic increase in academic research activity and practical initiatives on the topic of sports and Christianity over the last decade, the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences at York St John University (YSJU), York, UK are hosting an Inaugural Global Congress on Sports and Christianity (IGCSC), 24-28th August, 2016. The Bible Society and YSJU are collaborating in the development and delivery of this global event.

Keynote Speakers include academics, practitioners, clergy and athletes, for example: Professors Stanley Hauerwas, Shirl Hoffman, Michael Novak, Graham Daniels (Director of Christians in Sport), Bishop James Jones and Anne-Wafula Strike MBE (paralympian).

York St John University campus is at the heart of the beautiful and historic city of York (see http://www.visityork.org/ ).

A part of the congress is a sport-themed service in York Minster, one of Europe’s finest cathedrals  (see http://www.yorkminster.org/home.html ). The Bishop of Leeds. Nick Baines will be delivering a sport-themed sermon.

The attached Pdf. Brochure and website provide further information on the congress: http://www.yorksj.ac.uk/health–life-sciences/faculty-of-hls/faculty-events/igcsc.aspx

If you are interested in receiving further information about this event, email the congress convener, Dr Nick J. Watson (igcsc2016@yorksj.ac.uk ), who will add you to an email-contact list.

Golf – Simple Outreach Activity

Golf – “Early Birdies” A simple regular outreach activity

Justyn Jackson – Chichester Baptist Church

The Aim: Our church is very much into organising regular events which we call “alternative gatherings”.  These range from sports events, country walks, craft, old peoples homes and mountain biking.  All are an attempt to engage with people who either cannot or prefer not to go to church.  

The Brief: I needed a golf format that was not too long, not too expensive and preferably where we could start and finish at the same time.

A Solution: Shotgun start the back nine holes early on a Sunday morning. This means that all groups start on a different hole at the same predetermined time and therefore all finish at about the same time.  Last week for example we had 12 players which I divided into 4 groups of 3.  We met at 6.45 am and one group walked to hole 10, one to hole 18, one to hole 16 and one to hole 15.  At 7 am each group teed off.  Traditionally a shotgun (hence the term shotgun start) or a hooter would sound to announce the start, but we don’t have a gun licence and it’s a bit early on a Sunday morning for loud noises! Once a group that started on the 15th, 16th or 18th hole finishes the 18th, they simply walk to the 10th hole and continue until all of the holes 10 -18 have been completed.

Club Benefit: I approached my golf club with the idea and they realised that it was a win win situation.  Empty course or people playing and paying? They charge us £15 for 9 holes, but suggest you negotiate what is appropriate for each course.  We tee off at 7am and are usually all done by 9.30am, this means that those who want to go on to church may do so.

Winners: We produce an order of merit table showing the ongoing scores and present a monthly trophy for the winner.

Attendees: Over 40 people have expressed a strong interest and we regularly attract about 10-12 players.

Message: We give a short thought for the day at the end at the prize giving. Everyone knows it is a Church run activity and it is a great way to meet new people on their turf whilst having fun.

Summary: We think the format works well, despite being early, and could be one that others could take to their local clubs.

Contact: For more information contact Justyn Jackson – Chichester Baptist Church Email: justynjackson@nhs.net

 

Golf – The National Church Cup

The 17th National Church Golf Cup is launched

In 2015 Christian Vision for Men (CVM) are joining with the Christian Golf Society (CGS) again to encourage more Churches than ever before to stage outreach Golf days in 2015.

The incentive for the winner of each Church’s Golf day is to represent them at a grand finals day to battle it out for the prestigious title of National Church Golf Champions. The final will be in August but Churches must register asap to reserve a place for their winners. Visit www.christiangolfsociety.org.uk to register online or print off a form.

Cup Co-ordinator Mark Blythe says: “Golf is a great sport for outreach, it’s a simple way to spend quality time with not-yet-believing  friends. Church Golf Days could be just a four-ball or a big event with a meal and speaker, we are called to do something and it doesn’t matter how large or small.”

Tips for first time organisers are available and Churches who already stage events can just register and send their winners to the grand final. Contact Mark Blythe if you have any questions on mark@mccfc.org.uk

Who will follow Walsall Community Church the 2014 Winners.

Banners Gate Community Church from the West Midlands (below) were the 2013 Champions

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London Churches Football Tournament

The London Churches Football Tournament has just celebrated it’s 10th year and this year it has grown into a 2 day tournament.

It’s a football tournament designed for Church Based teams to come and have fun, play football and hear the Gospel message.

It is a 6-s-side tournament played on 3G astroturf indoors at the amazing London Soccerdome facility by the O2 in Greenwich.

Youths U10, U12, U14, U16 played on Saturday 3rd May, 2014

and the Men & Women played on Bank Holiday Monday 5th May, 2014

To obtain details about the 2015 competition contact Steve Read from Ambassadors Football via sread@ambassadorsfootball.org

 

Talk Dan 2Ladies Final lineup 2013Winners Emmanuel

London Marathon 2015 & The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army are trying to pull together our biggest ever team of runners in next year’s Virgin Money London Marathon as we will be celebrating our 150th Anniversary in 2015.

We have a number of charity places that people can apply for, but we are also hoping that we will be joined by some of the runners who receive a place in the ballot.

All funds raised from London Marathon sponsorship will benefit The Salvation Army’s work with the homeless.

Runners who are part of Team Sally will receive:

  • A breathable Salvation Army running vest with iron-on letters for their name
  • Training plans for beginner, intermediate and advance runners
  • A Training Run to help you prepare for the Big Day
  • A Team Sally Army Pre-race pasta party in Central London
  • Post-race massages
  • Support from The Salvation Army Cheering Squad on race day
  • A fundraising pack crammed full of ideas
  • A dedicated London Marathon Rep to give you fundraising support
  • Fantastic team camaraderie
  • Regular newsletters
  • Running Facebook group

We are also hoping to be able to offer a limited amount of highly discounted accommodation to our runners who live outside the capital.

Please see here for more information and an application form: http://www.salvationarmy.org.uk/uki/London-Marathon

London Marathon Outreach

London Marathon report from St Anne’s Church, Limehouse

On marathon day, we opened up the crypt for “tea, toilets and timeout” for marathon spectators. About a hundred people came through the doors in a three hour period – mainly to use the loos, and we were able to give out invitation cards to Easter services and copies of a tract by “A Passion for Life”. The strengths of the event were that it gave congregation members opportunities to be involved in first contact evangelism (giving out tracts, engaging people in conversation, being prepared to stay around for lunch and create a “buzz” about the crypt) and what we were offering (particularly toilets) genuinely served the marathon spectators. The main weakness of the event was that the majority of people coming into the church were not local (although some were) and opportunities for gospel conversations were fairly limited. I think it would be worth doing a similar event next year.

Andy Jelfs, Parish Worker

St Anne’s Church, Limehouse, London

Nat Christian Veterans Football Cup

Nat Vets Cup Logo

An 11-a-side football competition for guys 35+.

For Church based teams across the country.

CUP HISTORY

Winners 2009 Yarm Vineyard Church, North Yorkshire

Winners 2010 Goldhill Baptist Church, Bucks

Winners 2011 & 2014 Stoneleigh Baptist Church, Surrey

Winners 2012 Molesey Community Church, Surrey

Winners 2013 New Life Croydon

Winners 2015 Cornerstone, Gloucs

For more details contact Mark Blythe on mark@mccfc.org.uk

Rugby World Cup 2015

Similar to More Than Gold for the London Olympics an organisation has been set up to initiate the churches response to the 2015 Rugby World Cup under the banner of Engage 2015. The plan is to launch Engage 2015 in early 2014, and more details will be available shortly.

But before that we are looking to mobilise prayer. Therefore on 18th September – exactly 2 years prior to the opening ceremony –  we are planning a Global Prayer Wave. Further details of this can be found in the attached document. ENGAGE 2015 PRAYER WAVE

You are invited to be involved in this prayer initiative. Also if you know of others, both in the UK and around the world, who you think would be interested, please feel free to pass on this information, thank you.

David Chawner

david.chawner@engage2015.co.uk

Run for the World R4TW

Run for the World R4TW – an initiative of OM SportsLink

Supporting Local & Global Transformational Sports Community Projects

www.r4tw.org www.omsportslink.org/

What is R4TW? – R4TW brings people together in a fun, healthy way using a passion for sport to change lives.  We encourage and support groups all over the world and in the UK to organise and run 5k events all on the same day.  This year we have set ourselves the challenge of running around the world in a day.  We are going for an event in each of the 24 time zones racking up 40,000km (the circumference of the earth) so we are literally running around the world in one day.

There are 4 main benefits

R elationships – Bringing communities, churches, other agencies and businesses together

4 undraising – in 2012 we raised $40,000 for sports ministries – groups can use this to raise money for their projects

T ogetherness – It’s good to feel part of something big, participating together with communities all across the world

W ellness  – It’s great to use this event to promote healthy, fun activity

Where is R4TW? Since 2007 we have seen thousands of people take part in 20 nations. There is a growing number of runs all over the world—from Ukraine to USA and Nepal to The Netherlands.

R4TW Projects – Many lives have been transformed over the years.  A typical project is ‘Just One Ball’ in Zambia where soccer is used to teach young men how to take responsibility and be better fathers. Let’s make more stories!

This global event really can help sports ministries so how do we help organize an event?

  • Provide simple event planning checklists
  • Give ideas of different models for your culture
  • Advice about promotion and fund raising
  • Online registration and graphic design

Contact: graham.sandersfield@om.org

    Running Churches at parkruns

    Many Churches have running groups that participate in the free weekly 5km parkruns that happen all across the country.

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    Churchrun – a how to guide to setting up a church based running club

    Chiltern Church Runners – a working example

    Matthew 18:20 “For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.” Can you take church out to people?

    Taps into an external organised event (parkrun – free timed 5k run every Saturday) with its own infrastructure, you can contribute to the running by adding volunteers – but you do not have to organise from scratch. We, and you, can be supporters of parkrun as well as users of it. All you need are a few ‘runners’.

    There are three simple steps;

    1. E-mail the main parkrun site telling them you are a club, with a club name that includes the word Church, Christian, Baptist etcetera.  See  http://support.parkrun.com/entries/22032022-Can-I-register-my-running-club-with-parkrun-
    2. Get T-shirts (or ‘bibs’) with the club name and maybe a slogan on – be visible.
    3. If you can have a webpage (ideally on your church site), you can add this as a link to your club on the parkrun site.

    In some ways it is that easy. Each runner can link themselves to the club, club membership is retroactive – so all your ‘old’ runs are credited to the club.

    The idea is to be visible and offer a gentle (but clear) invitation – ‘we are here, ask about us if you want’.

    You are advertising via t-shirts, club name in results list, and weblink to your running page on the church website. We have advertised the Christmas services on the parkrun website – one regular at our parkrun commented we had ‘earned the right’ to do so, as ‘it’s not as if we had just come along’, we were 9 months in to attending. You could do similar things, in due course.

    Over 40% of our runners do not come to Chiltern, we call them ‘associate runners’ and it is my belief that nearly all of those people do not come to church at all. We also run other events, we have run under the Church name in events all over England. People will come and run in the name of a church, who would not necessarily want to come to church. I would note we have chosen to give them free t-shirts as a thank you for ‘advertising’ us.

    Don’t want the expense of t shirts for all your runners? A new club has just used a ‘bib’ – print the name of your club twice on a sheet of A4 in large font (say Holy Trinity Church Wallington, for example) – reduce this down to 2 rectangles just under A5 size. Laminate and then cut in half, hole punch carefully in corners – you can now use safety pins to attach this club ‘bib’ it’s cheap, waterproof, and reusable. You can swith to t’s later, or not if you want.

    What does success look like? People coming to church would be great, but making people more open to faith and less negative about church/faith is also a worthy goal. Certainly reducing people’s already negative views of church was as far as I believe one post race pub chat with two associate runners was ever going to go. Also we are growing, more church attendees are coming, and having the opportunity to ‘fly the flag’ for Chiltern in a way they otherwise would not. If you can get numbers, it certainly helps!

    To make it work at least one person should be passionate, or at least enthusiastic about the activity. However it should be accessible to a broad range of people. On that note it can be valuable to recruit ‘non runners’, one lady in her fifties who had the bravery to come has lead to at least half a dozen more believing they can do it – she now has over 20 parkruns. The ‘non runner’ has become a runner.

    Those that really cannot run have also contributed, prayer, childcare provision, and volunteering have supported our ministry – don’t turn anyone away if you can help it.

    Getting people to do something new in their Christian life is good, getting non Christians involved is good, but also getting Christians to make something they already do part of their Christian life is good as well. You can certainly ‘run for Jesus’, you can be dazzled by the beauty of God’s creation on a run, you can worship, you can support your fellows, you can ponder, you can connect, and (trust me on this one) you really can pray – sometimes for the end of the race!

    I don’t think you can rush it, or be heavy handed about it if it is to work. That does not mean you cannot be open, an event report we wrote on ‘faith or ability’, got picked up on a parkrun facebook page and is still referenced there.

    In summary

    The church after all (cliché time) is not the building, it’s the people. When two of our ‘associate members’ chat with a church member who is also a runner, or when one of the fitness group members who use the building decide to run for us they are meeting ‘church’, and in fact they end up meeting quite a lot of us! Make connections.

    My point is almost not to run outreach events that ask people to come to a church building, but to harness events like parkrun  where people already reach out to those beyond the church and connect those events back, gently, to the people of the church as people of the church.

    Questions and queries?

    Just contact us on runners@chilternchurch.org.uk

    Check out the list below and make contact with the people in the area near you if you would like to meet up with Christian runners and outreach groups.

    Please email the website administrator Mark Blythe if you would like to be added to this list  – mark@mccfc.org.uk

    1. Location: Croydon. Lloyd parkrun, Croydon, Surrey www.parkrun.org.uk/lloyd/

    Church: Selsdon Baptist Church Runners www.selsdonbaptist.org.uk/sbcrunners.htm

    Contact: Micky Wheeler micky@thewheelers.eclipse.co.uk or Julian Black julian_black@talk21.com

    2. Location: Hampton Court/Teddington Surrey. Bushy parkrun www.parkrun.org.uk/bushy/

    Church: Molesey Community Church & others

    Team goodContact: Mark Blythe mark@mccfc.org.uk

    3. Location: Croydon/Sutton. Roundshaw Downs parkrun www.parkrun.org.uk/roundshaw/

    Church: Chiltern Church

    Contact: Tim Gray runners@chilternchurch.org.uk.

    4. Location: Cheam, Surrey. Nonsuch parkrun www.parkrun.org.uk/nonsuch/

    Church: The Church of the Good Shepherd, Carshalton, Surrey www.goodshepherdcarshalton.org/good-shepherd-runners/

    Contact: Jason Hudson jasondhudson@hotmail.com

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    South London parkrun Open event

    parkrun 5km running event with Christian Runners

    At Roundshaw Downs parkrun Croydon/Sutton.

    This was the second inter church mob match between Chiltern Church, Good Shepherd and Selsdon Baptist Runners. A picnic was enjoyed after the race which was also on the anniversary of Roundshaw parkrun. For further info,  contact Tim Gray – runners@chilternchurch.org.uk.

    For further info on the parkrun go to http://www.parkrun.org.uk/roundshaw/ Parkruns are FREE, well organised and 5km for people of all standards – we hope to see you there – all welcome.