The World Cup is just around the corner, and to celebrate we’re hosting a football tournament in a huge MUGA* which will fill the Nave of Gloucester Cathedral. With a day full of football mayhem (including skills demonstrations, various free games and refreshments provided), you can just come along, or sign up your team and play for ultimate 5-a-side glory.
Diocesan Secretary, Ben Preece-Smith said, “Church is for all of life! We want to show young people that the Cathedral is for them as much as everyone else, and to demonstrate Jesus’ words, ‘I have come that they might have life, and have it to the full.’” (John 10:10).
We believe that sport and faith go hand-in-hand, and together can provide a great way to open dialogue between people of all backgrounds, and all ages. So we’ve teamed up with Psalms and Scripture Union to help develop sports ministry in the Diocese of Gloucester, as part of our Life vision.
If you don’t have a team to sign up, you’re welcome to come as an individual, to spectate and have a go with some of the other games on the day – for the football tournament itself though, you’ll need a team of school-age kids: further details are on the sign-up form, for questions please contact Andy Poole on firstname.lastname@example.org or 07895 135317.
On sport and the Church…
This isn’t the first time sporting events have been hosted in churches or cathedrals, with Cathedral Skate (in collaboration with Christian Surfers UK) and the Sainsbury School Games being held for some time in Gloucester Cathedral. Speaking about Cathedral Skate in 2016 the Revd Andrew Braddock, Director of Mission and Ministry, said: “Cathedral skate is a brilliant opportunity for us to welcome children, families and young people into the Cathedral for what will be an amazing and memorable event.”
For the last eight years, Malmesbury Abbey has held their hugely successful skate event in their Nave. Youth Worker David Shanks explains, “You can worship God through skating, you can worship God through art, you can worship God through dance, music, anything. [sport] merges all these communities together which had once been separated.”
Brandon, local to the area said, “I’d never seen a skate park in a church before. You walk in the doors and it brings joy. When I first came, I didn’t believe in God at all. I’ve heard how God has impacted people and it’s made me start to believe that God is real”. Phil Williams, Director of Christian Surfers UK adds, “There’s a verse in the bible, John 10:10 which is about commanding that I live life to the full, and that’s how I live my life, and that’s why I’m a bit like the Duracell Bunny really; lots of smiles, lots of action, but it’s living life to the full!”.
We agree, Phil!
*MUGA = Multi Use Games Area.