21st June 2019

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SUMMER 2019
FOLAU, VUNIPOLA AND
THE CULTURE OF TOLERANCE
A MEAL AND A MESSAGE
LIVING FOR CHRIST IN FAMILY LIFE
MAKING THE MOST OF THE WORLD CUPS
WHAT'S INSIDE
CHRISTIANS IN SPORT IS A MOVEMENT OF
COMPETITORS, COACHES AND OFFICIALS.
WE EXIST TO REACH THE WORLD OF
SPORT FOR JESUS.
Welcome to your new look Back Pages magazine, which
aims to give you an insight into what is going on through the
work of Christians in Sport.
John Stott famously once said that preachers should
study for sermons with their Bible in one hand and their
newspaper in the other. For us, it’s the Bible and the
‘back pages’ of the newspaper as we look to speak to
sportspeople about sport and faith. In the last few months
this has meant time spent writing and thinking around
issues raised by the Folau and Vunipola controversy which
has dominated the press.
We may have a slightly different look but our mission
remains the same: to reach the world of sport for Jesus. As
you read the different articles in this magazine, we pray you
can see all that God is doing and give thanks for His work,
whether through students putting on dialogue dinners,
churches running different events, or resources being
produced for Christian sportspeople to think through their
sport and their faith.
Your partnership in this work is vital - thank you for
continuing to stand with us as we look to reach the world of
sport for Jesus.
JONNY REID
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LIVING FOR CHRIST
IN FAMILY LIFE 18
CONTENTS
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NEWS
A NEW CAMP IN DUBLIN
FOLAU, VUNIPOLA AND
THE INTOLERANCE OF THE
CULTURE OF TOLERANCE
A MEAL AND A MESSAGE:
THE GUEST EVENT SWEEPING THE
STUDENT WORLD
LEAVE A LEGACY
WHAT AN AMAZING
OPPORTUNITY
MAKING THE MOST OF
THE WORLD CUPS
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One of the tables at Cardiff Clubhouse in February comprised of netball players
from the same club. The opening question for discussion around tables was
‘why is sport worth playing?’ We talked about the competition, joy and passion
we had, and then one of my teammates turned and said, “Well, if you hadn’t been
playing netball in my club I wouldn’t have heard about Jesus, become a Christian
and be sat here now!” What an incredible joy! We’re so thankful to God for His
work in her life, and she’s now a Christian in sport being equipped to share Jesus
at Cardiff Clubhouse.
Over 30 young sportspeople at Sullivan Upper School have met biweekly this year
to think through living as Christians in school sport, and to pray for opportunities
to share their faith with teammates. The group have run two guest events this
year; 55 young people came along to a dodgeball tournament in January and
over 80 attended a team challenge event in April, with a large proportion of
these having been invited by group members. The young people were given the
opportunity to hear a short talk on the Christian faith during the half time break
at each event. Pray for the continuing witness of these young sportspeople and
their teachers.
SULLIVAN UPPER SCHOOL, HOLLYWOOD
CARDIFF CLUBHOUSE
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In late April Chris Brown, a Sports Plus leader and
long-distance runner, raised funds for Christians in Sport
by joining the masses taking on the London Marathon.
However, a remarkable and key distinction for this particular
runner was his attire; Chris covered the 26.2 miles donning
a full hockey goal-keeper kit! In an incredible attempt to set
a new Guinness World Record, Chris went above and beyond
with his fundraising effort and exceeded his donations
target. Praise God for this financial contribution to the work
and great encouragement to all involved, as over £5,000 was
raised following Chris’ run.
Several Christians in Sport staff and interns had the joy
of attending the European Christian Sports Union (ECSU)
Gathering in May. The four-day conference in Germany saw
352 people come together from 38 countries across Europe
for two purposes; to be encouraged in their sports ministry
work by meeting with peers from around the Continent; and
to be equipped with tools to serve more effectively in their
respective mission fields. Some excellent conversations
were had, particularly with those also working in the
competitive sports field, and new resources for competitive
sportspeople originally launched in Orlando in April were
shared with all delegates. Praise God for His faithful and
unstoppable ongoing work in Europe.
EUROPEAN GATHERING
MARATHON FUNDRAISING EFFORT
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It’s been encouraging to see more
Scottish Christians who are committed
to playing sport grasp the vision
of reaching their teammates with
the Good News. One Edinburgh
hockey player recently connected
with Christians in Sport and was so
encouraged that there was a group
of Christian sportspeople meeting to
pray in his church, let alone that this
was happening in other Edinburgh
churches as well! He later invited
some teammates along to a sports
quiz to hear about the free gift of
forgiveness that Jesus offers. There
are two other players in his club who
are also involved in Christians in Sport,
and these three are now planning to
invite their teammates to a dialogue
dinner. God is so good and answers our
prayers for workers to be sent into His
harvest field!
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EDINBURGH HOCKEY
ENGAGEMENT
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Those were the words of Colette, a hockey player at
the University of Cambridge, when reflecting on her
dialogue dinner.
A few weeks earlier, eight of her teammates had come
round to her house. In some respects, it was like any other
social occasion between friends: they ate food, chatted,
reflected on how the season had gone. But once the plates
had been cleared away, conversation moved on to matters
of faith.
A Christians in Sport staff member stood up and led a
discussion on the key tenants of the Christian message.
Utilising the Two Ways to Live framework, they gradually
pieced together what the gospel is and then opened the
room up to questions.
As Colette later commented, “It was from this point that
the evening really got going. I was so pleasantly surprised
by the conversation and the questions people were asking.
It was amazing to realise that people had genuinely thought
about it. They’d thought about Jesus, about God and the
big questions. To see the engagement in the room was so
encouraging.”
It is this discussion element that makes dialogue dinners
so effective. Unlike other guest events, where people hear
a talk from upfront but don’t necessarily engage with the
gospel directly, at a dialogue dinner they have a chance to
raise their queries and hesitations.
Fife, a basketball player at the University of Southampton,
put it like this: “Dialogue dinners are great. They feel like a
safe environment where people can express their objections
and ask their questions.”
For him the dialogue dinner came with its challenges.
“It wasn’t all easy, some of my teammates were quite
hostile. But the discussion was still so great. In the end,
my only frustration was the time constraints. You could
A MEAL
AND A MESSAGE:
THE GUEST EVENT SWEEPING THE STUDENT WORLD
“IT WAS GREAT. GENUINELY, SO GOOD.
IT WAS SO MUCH BETTER AND MORE
ENJOYABLE THAN I WAS EXPECTING.”
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talk about these things for such a long time, I just wish the
conversations could have gone on for longer!”
But, of course, the end of the dinner doesn’t necessarily
mean the end of the conversation. The story of the athletics
club at the University of Birmingham is testament to this.
Vic, one of three
Christian runners
at that club, had
this to say: “In
November 2017,
we held a dialogue
dinner. The three
of us had no idea
what to expect. To
our amazement
30 people turned
up! Off the back
of it, we invited everyone to a weekly bible study. We had 10
regular attendees at those studies, and others would come
every so often as well.”
“Off the back of it all one girl gave her life to Christ.
Three months later she was giving her testimony to other
members of the club at one of those very Bible studies! It
was so obvious that God was at work through it all.”
At the end of that academic year, all the other Christians
graduated leaving Vic as the only Christian in the club. But
this did not deter her from trying to replicate what had
previously happened.
“This year has had a different feel”, she noted. “A more
introverted group came to the dialogue dinner, and numbers
were lower. But, praise God, a completely different set of
people have been coming to the Bible studies this year, and
some have been coming to church with me.”
Then came more fantastic news. Back in February,
after a church service one Sunday, another girl in the club
committed to following Jesus. On this Vic said, “it has been
so clear that doing these dialogue dinners and reading the
Bible with people really does make a difference…to people’s
eternities ultimately.”
Given such success stories, it is no wonder that dialogue
dinners have been on the rise across the university work. In
the 2017/18 academic year there were 49 dialogue dinners
hosted by students, a threefold increase on the year before.
In fact, some students have made them a termly feature,
hosting dinners through the year as they seek to both
spend time socially with their teammates and give them the
opportunity to engage with the gospel
for themselves.
Several universities have seen
a week of dialogue dinners take place
as multiple members of the Christians
in Sport group step out in faith during
the same week. Keele was one such
university – over the space of five days,
50 sportspeople heard the gospel and
asked their questions at a total of six
dialogue dinners.
BUT I’M SO GLAD I DID IT.
THE FOOD, THE COMPANY,
THE CONVERSATION –
IT WAS SUCH A LOVELY
EVENING."
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The Sports Mission Pack, which can be
downloaded online, has a load of great
resources for engaging sportspeople with the
gospel. Included in it is a guide to running your
own dialogue dinner or similar event. It helps
you think through how to invite people and
what questions people may ask you. And while
dialogue dinners have been prominent in the
student world, wouldn’t it be a joy to see such
events replicated by Christian sportspeople of
all ages right across the British Isles?
God has been hugely at work in the student
world over the last few years. His Spirit has
emboldened many students to host these
dinners and He has graciously filled the room,
time after time, with sportspeople who are not
yet following Him.
Most crucially of all, the gospel has faithfully
gone out each time, and we know that when
that happens He is always at work. Let’s be
giving thanks for those He has saved through
dialogue dinners and let’s continue to praise
Him for all the ways He is at work as we take the
gospel to the lost world of sport.
HOST YOUR
OWN DINNER
But for all the positive testimonies, the prospect of
hosting a dialogue dinner remains a nerve-racking one.
“Personally, I was really nervous to host one”, admits
Colette, “I left it late in the term because I didn’t feel I knew
my team well enough and I didn’t know the response I was
going to get.”
“But I’m so glad I did it. The food, the company, the
conversation – it was such a lovely evening. I’d recommend it
to anyone. Even if you’re nervous, you’ve just got to do it!”
Fife’s message is similar. “It was an opportunity to step
out in my faith and show my teammates that I care about
them. It’s a brilliant way to open up and share about what
you believe. I have no regrets, it was amazing.”
Perhaps that’s the challenge for you, then? To step out in
faith and host a dialogue dinner. To invite your sports friends
around for a meal and then share the gospel with them and
answer their questions.
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For 25 years Christians in Sport have organised residential camps
for young sportspeople, helping them to improve in their sport whilst
exploring more about the Christian faith and what it means to be a
Christian sports player. From humble beginnings of 50 attendees
in 1995, the ministry has grown and grown, by God’s grace, and is
continuing to develop with a new camp.
IN DUBLIN
A NEW CAMP
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Earlier this year it was announced that Sports Plus will
be making its debut in Ireland from 30 June to 5 July at St
Columba’s College, Dublin. For many years, hundreds of
sportspeople in Northern Ireland have come to camps but
this will be the first time working in the South.
Sports Plus Director Ian Lancaster said, “I’m really excited
about the prospect of Dublin Sports Plus. We’re hoping this
creates great momentum as we seek to serve churches and
reach the world of sport for Christ across Ireland.”
Christ City Church Dublin pastor Steve Vaughan said,
“Sport is huge in Ireland, it’s one of the defining features of
Irish life, so I am delighted Christians in Sport will be hosting
their first Sports Plus camp here. I look forward with great
excitement and anticipation to what God will do this summer
and in the years to come through these camps as we seek to
engage Irish sportspeople with the gospel.”
We praise God for His faithfulness in growing Sports Plus
and pray He will work for His glory through Sports Plus
Dublin for years to come.
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AND THE INTOLERANCE
OF THE CULTURE OF
TOLERANCE
VUNIPOLA
FOLAU,
ON THE 10TH OF APRIL, AUSTRALIAN RUGBY
UNION INTERNATIONAL ISRAEL FOLAU WROTE A
PROVOCATIVE SOCIAL MEDIA POST WHICH WAS
ROUNDLY CRITICISED FOR BEING HOMOPHOBIC.
English Rugby international Billy Vunipola then ‘liked’ that post and wrote
an Instagram post of his own explaining “He’s saying how we live our lives
needs to be closer to how God intended them to be. Man was made for
woman to pro create (sic.) that was the goal no? I’m not perfect I’m at least
everything on that list at least at one point in my life.” Despite the moderate
tone of his post, he too faced a backlash from the public, the Rugby
Football Union and his club because of it.
We support over 450 elite sportspeople as well as seeking to equip all
competitors, coaches and officials to live for Christ in the world of sport.
And so, in light of these events, we wrote a blog which sought to outline
some of the issues involved and help elite sportspeople to navigate
these well.
Below is the blog in full that was written by one of our trustees, Rev. Pete
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HOW TO MAKE A CROWD TURN
If you follow rugby at all then it couldn’t have escaped your attention that there’s
been a furore around Israel Folau’s provocative Instagram post and then Billy
Vunipola’s subsequent ‘like’ of the post and expression of support for it.
The condemnation was swift and on-message across media outlets, governing
bodies, clubs, sponsors, current and ex players and the wider rugby community.
Israel Folau’s contract has been terminated with the ARU and Billy Vunipola met
with Saracens, received a formal warning and has been roundly booed by the
crowds whenever he has played since.
Whilst not denying the provocative character of Folau’s original post we should
not miss the way that these events have exposed the concerning nature of a
‘New Colonialism’ that holds sway in our society and increasingly in sport. Those
who don’t study history are destined to repeat its mistakes and that’s just what
we are doing.
Colonialism at its most strident was a set of ideals that were so impregnable
and beyond critique that they legitimised the steamrolling of whatever stood in
their way. The well honed belief that the West was further down the arc of history
in technological and ethical terms than the majority of the rest of the world
was absolute. Therefore the sooner the rest of the world accepted the Western
consensus, or if they refused to accept it, was forced to adopt it, the better. As
such minority rights were ridden over roughshod, other cultures and their norms
were forced to adopt the Western order of things, and perhaps most concerning
of all this was done without a moment’s pause and self-examination, “Are we
actually right to think that we are right?”
Does this sound familiar? It should.
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ALIGNING WITH VUNIPOLA’S RESPONSE
As mentioned above, the character of Folau’s post has
been accused of being provocative and further of lacking
compassion. However the content that Billy Vunipola is
defending, and with which Christians in Sport aligns (as
seen within our Statement of Faith), is historical, orthodox
Christianity which holds that God’s good design for sex is
within heterosexual marriage. What Vunipola’s response
flushed out is that it’s not really the provocative character
of the communication people are taking issue with, but with
the content that goes against the current
Western consensus.
Vunipola’s Instagram message was very
measured. Here it is in full because it’s
interesting how little it’s been quoted in full.
“So this morning I got 3 phone calls from
people telling me to ‘unlike’ the @izzyfolau post. This is my
position on it. I don’t HATE anyone neither do I think I’m
perfect. There just comes a point when you insult what I
grew up believing in that you just say enough is enough,
what he’s saying isn’t that he doesn’t like or love those
people. He’s saying how we live our lives needs to be closer
to how God intended them to be. Man was made for woman
to pro create that was the goal no? I’m not perfect I’m at
least everything on that list at least at one point in my life.
It hurts to know that. But that’s why I believe there’s a God.
To guide and protect us and forgive us our trespasses as we
forgive those who trespass against us.”
Notice the character of the post. It is staggering that
Saracens would imply it lacks ‘respect’ or ‘humility’ unless
now defacto any opinion that contradicts the Western
consensus is disrespectful and proud!
Notice also the content of his point, ‘There just comes a
point when you insult what I grew up believing in that you
say enough is enough’. For Vunipola this is about beliefs
which are a core part of his Tongan and South Pacific Island
heritage. And what are these incredibly controversial beliefs
that should draw such sharp condemnation? “Man was
made for woman to pro create (sic.).” A view that is still the
majority view globally, which was the Western consensus
until this generation and that only changed when gay
marriage was enacted in UK law in 2014.
But such facts don’t come into play when you are right.
And the West is right, right?
IS THIS REALLY A CULTURE OF
‘INCLUSIVITY AND TOLERANCE’?
I know I’m a white, middle-class, privileged male writing
about this and that Folau and Vunipola don’t look like your
typical minority ethnic group members by virtue of being
18 stone and rugby players, but being a minority group
isn’t about physical size. Folau and Vunipola’s posts have
received many likes from those from South Pacific Island
heritage who are feeling the New Colonial steamroller
coming their way. But the momentum of the Western
consensus is now so strong that few have noticed this
worrying dynamic and its ugly historical precedents.
Few have noticed the irony of the intolerance of the culture
of ‘tolerance’.
Much has been touted by journalists and the sporting
bodies about ‘rugby’s culture of inclusivity and tolerance’.
As one who has lived within that culture at an amateur
and professional level for much of his life I feel able to
comment on it. Yes rugby’s culture has increasingly become
one of acceptance and inclusivity (let’s not pretend it has
always been as such!). There’s now an equality across the
community. There’s a sense in which going hard at each
I DON’T HATE ANYONE NEITHER
DO I THINK I’M PERFECT"
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other on the pitch leads to strong friendships off the
pitch regardless of backgrounds. But that acceptance
and inclusivity has never meant enforced conformity to
certain beliefs even if the truth might be controversial and
unpopular. For how can you find out what is true unless
it is able to be discussed and debated openly? It needs to be
done respectfully of course. With humility? Yes ideally.
But when these values of respect and humility, tolerance
and acceptance start to prescribe content not character
and are used as masks to enforce a New Colonial
consensus then I have to say this ceases to be the rugby
community I recognise.
LOOKING BACK, THE BLOG WAS OUR
MOST READ EVER AND WAS USED
BY MANY CHRISTIANS INVOLVED IN
SPORT AS THEY WORK OUT HOW TO
ANSWER TEAMMATES' QUESTIONS
LOVINGLY AND FAITHFULLY TO
THE BIBLE.
Clearly it has opened up a range of issues that
require more thought, for example how Christians
sportspeople answer questions consistent with
their faith. Further thinking is also required
for those in professional sport who may have a
contractual sporting code of conduct to navigate
and could face disciplinary action when issues of
faith clash.
But in all this we have a sovereign God, an
unchanging gospel message and a clear purpose
to reach the world of sport for Christ. Please
be praying as we navigate such issues and help
many hundreds of Christian elite sportspeople,
and thousands of others involved in sport, to live
unashamedly for Jesus in their teams and clubs,
ready to give answers for the certain hope that
we have.
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HOW DO I KEEP JESUS AT THE
CENTRE OF EVERYTHING AS
A FAMILY WHEN TRYING TO
BALANCE SPORT, CHURCH,
SCHOOL AND LIFE?
Life can be stretched when your children play high
level sport, and Christians in Sport are here to
support you in keeping the main thing the main thing
by putting Christ above all else.
This article is taken from our booklet for parents/
guardians of Young Performance Athletes which
looks at 10 of the most commons questions and
issues they might face. You can get a free copy at
christiansinsport.org.uk/questions
LIVING FOR CHRIST
IN FAMILY LIFE
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We may not always realise it, but the great news is that Jesus IS at the centre of everything. Just look
at what it says in Colossians 1 v 15-17 (NIV)!
15 The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. 16 For in him all things were created: things
in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been
created through him and for him. 17 He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.
This reminds us that Jesus has created all things, sustains all things and has redeemed all things, so that in
all things he might have the supremacy. The best advice then is to remember that, when we are stretched to
our limits in trying to balance all aspects of our children’s lives, it’s not a case of ‘trying to keep Jesus central’
but of recognising and acknowledging how central he already is.
QUESTIONS
-- Will you keep reminding yourself of Colossians 1 v
15-20 when you feel out of control?
-- Can you remind yourself that your heart defaults
so quickly away from godliness?
-- Will you speak to God regularly and often
throughout the day to guard your heart?
TOP TIP
What we have found really helps us is to pray for
our children, to bless them whenever we can. In
our discussions, we also found that as husband and
wife we need to work together to have some shared
understanding of how we can support our children
as individuals.
- Parents of YPA badminton player
HERE ARE TWO BEHAVIOURS THAT MAY
HELP YOU LIVE THIS OUT DAY BY DAY:
GUARD
Guard your heart in Christ Jesus because everything flows
from it (Proverbs 4 v 23). It’s worth acknowledging that very
often it isn’t actually being busy that’s our problem but that
being busy actually exposes our fundamental problem. At
the height of His ministry, Jesus was enormously busy but
radically God-centred in all things because He guarded His
heart. One way of guarding the heart is to focus on God more
regularly throughout the day with prayer that, as we read in
the next point, keeps us focussed on Him.
COMMIT
Commit all aspects of your life to God. Just as it is a good
discipline to get into giving thanks for food, as in doing
so we remind ourselves that it is a gift from God to be
received with gratitude, why not get into the habit of
committing things to God with your children? That could
be a quick pause and prayer in the car as you drop your
kids off at school, or as you drive to church or the sports
practice. What a wonderful habit it is to offer a prayer at
the beginning of the day as a family committing the day to
God. What about giving thanks at the end of the day before
bedtime? All of these are helpful interventions in our days
that will help us to focus on and to recognise, in our moment
by moment living, God’s centrality through Jesus Christ.
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WHAT AN AMAZING
OPPORTUNITY!
2019 is a year full of World Cups, with the Men’s Cricket
World Cup having started in May, the Rugby World Cup
finishing in November, and the Netball World Cup and FIFA
Women's World Cup over the summer months. This creates
an incredible and unique opportunity.
The buzz around World Cups are contagious, so why not
use these World Cup events to reach sportspeople in your
local area. “How?” you might ask. Through putting on events
like a sports quiz, a 5-a-side tournament or showing some of
the matches on a big screen.
The possibilities are endless!
There are 10 million people in the UK alone playing sport
each week across 150,000 clubs. What a mission field right
on our doorsteps. Why not get your teammates along to an
event to not just enjoy the World Cup but to hear a message
worth so much more, the Good News of the gospel. It might
just change their lives forever and increase the reach that
we as Christians involved in sport have in our local area.
So, getting to the nitty gritty of putting on an event. You’re
not in it alone - we’re all in the work together and that is why
we’ve released a new add-on to our already freely available
Sports Mission Pack. The add-on includes quiz rounds for
each World Cup event, school resources and ideas about
specific events to run around the World Cups. So you’re not
MAKING THE MOST OF THE WORLD CUPS
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left unequipped; we provide you with the essentials so you
can use the unique opportunity that the World Cup events
create to share Jesus with your teammates.
The stories of how the Sports Mission Pack has been used
to put on an event around the World Cup are plentiful, and
here’s just one to encourage you as you look to get onboard
with this opportunity yourself.
Newcastle Baptist Church hosted various events around
the 2018 FIFA World Cup matches, and organiser Tom shared
his experience saying: “During half time we ran our own
'adverts' with inspirational stories from Christians in Sport,
including the video ‘The Greatest Event in the World’ which
was shown before and during each match. This had a great
response and one person who doesn’t normally come to
church said, “I was annoyed when the church people started
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playing a Jesus video but it was actually very interesting!”
Our best event was a curry night during England’s match
against Belgium where 40 or so people shared a massive
takeaway and cheered on England. Food and football is
always a good combination!
Our plan is to use more Christians in Sport resources
for the Rugby World Cup later this year, including posters,
videos and some school resources.”
Will you make the most of the opportunity and use
the World Cups as a springboard to share the gospel
within your sporting context?
I WAS ANNOYED WHEN
THE CHURCH PEOPLE
STARTED PLAYING A
JESUS VIDEO BUT IT
WAS ACTUALLY VERY
INTERESTING!"
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You yourself can be part of the legacy Christians in sport
are building by leaving a legacy in your Will. A gift left in your
Will with Christians in Sport will reach the world of sport
for Christ, bringing the Good News to sportspeople for years
to come.
Leaving a legacy is a very personal matter and of course
your family and friends come first. Just as a Will brings
security to your family’s future, a legacy can help us,
under God’s grace, continue to grow and tell sportspeople
about Christ. And so we recognise that a legacy left to us
is an act of faith, a great statement of trust in our work, a
confirmation of passion and belief in reaching sportspeople
with the gospel. We are grateful for any legacies left to
us and take seriously the responsibility to steward your
contribution well.
LEAVING
A LEGACY
WE’RE ALL IN FOR CHRIST.
ALL IN ON SPORT.
AND ALL IN IT TOGETHER.
Together with the people who have come before us
in the mission field of sport and together with the
harvest workers God will raise up in years to come.
The work of Christians in Sport today stands on the
foundations built by a few pioneering Christians who began
writing the legacy of Christians in Sport. Drawn together by
their desire to live and share their faith in the world of sport,
their vision has become our history and our future.
Today, there are countless Christians up and down the
country living out their faith in the mission field of sports
clubs and teams. In fact, the work of Christians in Sport
facilitated sharing the Good News with 46,000 people last
year alone. That is some legacy those pioneers have left. We
hope and pray to see these numbers increase year on year
and build on the legacy left by those who have gone before us.
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LEAVING A GIFT IN YOUR WILL
Please visit christiansinsport.org.uk/legacy to download a
legacy leaflet, or alternatively respond using the slip below
and we will send you a leaflet in the post. If you have already
decided to leave a legacy and would like to make your
intentions known to us please complete the response slip
and return it using the FREEPOST envelope provided or to:
TITLE:
FULL NAME:
ADDRESS:
YOU YOURSELF CAN BE
PART OF THE LEGACY
CHRISTIANS IN SPORT
ARE BUILDING BY LEAVING
A LEGACY IN YOUR WILL."
There is no need to give any further
details about your legacy but if you
would like to do so please use the
space below.
Alternatively contact:
JILL PROCTOR,
PARTNER RELATIONS TEAM LEADER
JILL@CHRISTIANSINSPORT.ORG.UK
PARTNER RELATIONS
CHRISTIANS IN SPORT,
FRAMPTON HOUSE UNIT D1,
TELFORD ROAD INDUSTRIAL ESTATE,
OX26 4LD
I INTEND TO REMEMBER CHRISTIANS IN SPORT IN MY WILL.
I HAVE REMEMBERED CHRISTIANS IN SPORT IN MY WILL.
(Tick one that is most appropriate)
I WOULD LIKE TO BE SENT A LEGACY LEAFLET.
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