Support for teachers
Christians in Sport exists to reach the world of sport for Christ. We want to help young sportspeople everywhere to explore the Christian faith for themselves and one way we do this is by supporting teachers in their on-going representation of Jesus Christ in their schools by providing resources and people to help run activities.
Christians in Sport’s involvement in both independent and state schools takes many different forms and we are more than willing to formulate a programme that fits well with each individual school and its particular needs. Below are the two main models outlining what this involvement could look like for your school.
The Sports Mission Pack has lots of great schools resources.
There are four different assembly ideas for you to use in your school all talking about sport and the good news of Jesus. They include outlines and illustration ideas.
You will find two different lesson plans about the theology of sport for you to use. These include PowerPoints and videos as well.
Schools can make use of the Sports Quiz as well. The quiz can be used alongside any of the films or with a testimony.
There is also information on how to run a multi-sports tournament. This is a great event for young people and could include a short talk by a Christian teacher or a testimony from a student if appropriate.
Check out all the resources here.
Here are some models of Christians in Sport involvement in schools
Model 1: Pray Play Say gatherings
Christian teachers gathering together young sportspeople to play sport and get the Bible open together to learn to:
- Pray for their sports friends
- Play in a way that honours God
- Say something of the good news of Jesus Christ
Bible studies written by Christians in Sport and designed for young sportspeople are available and free to use here. Christians in Sport staff are available to visit your gathering and provide any support necessary throughout the year. We can also help to run and speak at guest events, such as sports quizzes or tournaments, put on at your school for the young people to invite their friends to.
Bangor Grammar in Northern Ireland host a Pray Play Say gathering every week;
'We have used the Pray, Play, Say The Youth Way Bible studies to unpack why and how to be a Christian in sport. Sometimes we have picked up on short study linked to sermon series or book series with a focus on discipleship but applying to sports life as well as whole life.
It has also been an important time for encouragement and support as we take a stand with our various teams.We have also taken a short time to pray for each other in our sporting teams, for protection, equipping, and praying for teammates and opportunities to live Christ and speak Christ with them.
We have tried to run two mission events in the year to bring our teammates along to, and put our prayers into action. This has been a challenge but with it the most encouraging and potentially spiritually beneficial process for our own PPS group. We pray that these events could also be eternally significant in the lives of some of the teammates who were brought along.' Dawie Holley, Teacher
Model 2: Missional events
A team can offer a wide range of activities that we believe will both raise awareness of the value of sport but also introduce young people to the essentials of the Christian faith.
Below is a ‘menu’ that briefly outlines some of the possibilities which can be delivered in a reflection day or spread across the course of a ‘mission’ week within your school.
Assemblies: Interactive and sport specific, based around a particular theme that we could investigate over the course of the day. For example: ‘Who’s the real winner?’, looking at what it really means to be a winner in sport and life.
R.S. Lessons: Interactive lessons thinking through what the Bible says about God, sport and the world we live in.
Team Challenge: A sports competition in which teams compete in a wide range of games that will challenge the mind and body. This can be done in P.E. lessons or after school.
Sports workshops: A range of leadership and team building workshops, some practical and some more theoretical, that smaller groups will rotate around.
Sports Quiz: ’A Question of Sport’ style quiz which is usually offered during lunch time, free time or as an after school activity, with the possibility of a short talk or testimony at half time.
Lunch debates: An opportunity for young people to come and ask questions based around the theme of the day or on another specific topic.
For all enquiries please email Nathan Elliott at email@example.com.