Dear church family,
‘Anyone who competes as an athlete does not receive the victor’s crown except by competing according to the rules.’ 2 Timothy 2:5
As we sat down to watch England play on Wednesday night, ITV showed a clip called ‘Football doesn’t matter. Until it does.’ narrated by Stephen Fry. This tapped into a strong sentiment in us all, that after such a difficult year we are in need of the release that comes through sport – that it helps us rediscover joy, passion and excitement. Sport can certainly do this and I shall be eagerly hoping for the joy of a good result on Sunday night!
It seems to me that sport taps into something very significant. In this verse above, Paul underlines the importance of athletes following the rules of the game to win the prize. This chapter is all about God’s people being used for noble purposes. prepared like an athlete in order to do good works in God’s world. Many of the well known football clubs were founded on this principle by church missions in the 19th century, to build positive relationships with young people to provide not only physical well-being but spiritual well-being too.
Sport is to be celebrated as part of God’s good gift for the common good, to bring joy, relaxation and peace. Of course, it can never be the ultimate thing that matters, for the things of this world are fleeting and do not last! Yet, football matters because it can also push us all to question what really matters, that of faith in the Lord Jesus – as the ultimate prize who brings lasting joy and peace.
Please note at all three services we will be giving thanks for Matt and Hannah Lockwood as we say farewell and commission them in their new role in Blackpool.
Morning service with Holy Communion at 9.15 & 11.15am, with the latter live streamed on our YouTube channel. We will continue our sermon series from Acts: Church and Spirit.
Evening service at 6pm as we continue with our short series from Matthew 8 & 9 ‘He comes with power’.
Please do remember to bring your own Bible as we are unable to use the church pew Bibles.
Holiday Club – Tuesdays, 10am-12pm, 27th July – 24th August HELP REQUIRED!
Please check out the email Hannah Mugenyi sent earlier in the week for more information about how to volunteer. Further information to follow about book a pace for children.
Holiday at Home for seniors
4th, 18th and 25th August at St John’s Blackheath with two sessions to choose from, 11am – 1pm or 2-4pm. Bible story, craft, boxed lunch/afternoon tea and time to talk and share. Just contact Sue in the church office to book a place.
Many of you will have seen that lockdown rules are being relaxed from Monday 19th July. We will of course be in touch with further information about how these relate to church activities.
With love and prayers, Eddie