Back Pages Bite-sized - Spring 2018

Date posted: 27/03/18

Back Pages Bite-sized - Spring 2018


From left: Northern Ireland mission, Church of England sports mission day, Clubhouse Xtra Northern Ireland


Christians in sport are reaching out with the gospel where God has placed them. Here’s a collection of stories to encourage and inspire you.

We are a church of 50-60 adults based in Putney, London. After going to a Christians in Sport event a year ago, we worked out that we had several church members involved in sport. Some were regularly going to the gym or fitness classes; others were committed to sports clubs or Parkruns and there were others who enjoy going for a jog when they can.

We decided to start a monthly prayer gathering to pray for each other and those that we come into contact with through our sport or physical activity. We meet an hour before our morning church service with breakfast and coffee and spend time praying that God would be at work in our friends’ hearts.

Our big prayer for the days ahead is that we would be useful to God here in Putney and that He would help us to keep praying for our friends and that He would work through our prayers. We are grateful to God for some answers to prayer already and we are looking forward to hosting our first Sports Quiz.

Beth Cutting, The Boathouse Church Putney

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Members of the Boathouse Church Christians in Sport group

At Clubhouse Xtra, we were really challenged about holding Dialogue Dinners. We thought it would be great if we could have a week at Keele where we would all try to host dinners, pray and motivate each other. We had six dinners taking place the week before our CU events week. All of them were encouraging, but they were all really different. At the hockey one, they were about 20 people all asking questions. There were only three people at the frisbee one, so at first they felt a bit disappointed, but there were still some really good discussions. We had seven people at the cross country dinner. It was a really nice atmosphere and the perfect number for it. We gave out flyers and spoke about Uncover Bible studies. Eight of those at the hockey dinner were keen to go through Uncover, while three rugby girls wanted to come to church! We’re praying this is just the start of our teammates coming to know Jesus.

Peigi McKellar, Keele University Cross Country Club

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Peigi McKellar (front row, middle) with fellow Christians in sport at the BUCS Cross Country Championships

I wanted to spread the Christian message in the Cardiff Sports and Exercise Medicine Society which I’m part of. We wanted to do a fundraiser for the Welsh Rugby Charitable Trust and I suggested the Sports Quiz. We had around 40 people attend. I invited some rugby teammates and we also had netballers and others from the society. The quiz was fantastic and it generated a good bit of interest in my faith in Jesus. At half-time, I showed a video with Chris Jones, the Welsh coach, talking about how you could be a rugby man and a Christian. The quiz had a really positive impact on the society and I pray I will have more opportunities to share my faith as a result.

Dan Phillips, Cardiff Medics RFC

Most of my friends are full-time riders. They are on the circuit 24-7. It was not so much a case of inviting them to an event at my church in Cambridge, but going to them. With the help of people from Christians in Sport, I was able to run the Sports Quiz for 30 showjumpers during the All England Championships at Hickstead. It was particularly amusing because we had disguised images of horses instead of sportspeople in the picture round! I was able to share the gospel and the event was so encouraging. It was then great to have the opportunity to open the Bible with some friends afterwards. Recently, a guy I have got to know has shown a real hunger for the gospel. He’s the first person I have known who has asked is there a course I can do to explore the Christian faith. It was humbling and amazing.

Clark Glasgow, showjumper

Back Pages magazine spring 2018


This article appears in the Spring 2018 issue of Back Pages. To read the rest of the magazine, click here. 

We are meeting together as Christian guys from rugby clubs across Northern Ireland to encourage each other, look at God’s word and think about how we can share the gospel with our teammates. We have had up to 25 of us in the room. Last time, we looked at the Parable of the Sower in Mark 4, seeing that we shouldn’t choose where we sow the seed in our clubs and that it is God’s work to grow it. We would love to see Christians in every Northern Irish rugby club. As the only Christian at my club, I find the gatherings so helpful as I’m re-envisioned what it means to be a Christian in sport.

Dan Kerr, Malone RFC

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