New Sports Mission Pack will help churches reach out this summer

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With summer just around the corner, sports are an ideal way to reach out to active young people and adults. And this year Christians in Sport are releasing a free, downloadable Sports Mission Pack that will help you make sports part of your congregational outreach work.

The Sports Mission Pack 2016, released on 4 May, will help churches organise everything from a Sports Quiz event to a Night of Champions multi-sports tournament.

The free Sports Mission Pack includes:

  • Guides on how to run different sports events including sports tournaments and 'big-screen' events
  • A multimedia sports quiz
  • A two-minute gospel film called 'Born to Play' along with a five-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

Get your Sports Mission Pack 2016 here.

Brilliant resources made organising easy

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."

Sports camps for young Christian athletes

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.

In Scotland, this week of specialist sports coaching, and team competitions for young people, is taking place at Glenalmond College from 10-15 July. Sports Plus is a 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.

Perhaps your Kirk Session or congregation might consider helping to sponsor some of your young people to attend Sports Plus.For more information, and to book a place, check out the website here.

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.

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