Sports Chaplaincy – A Real And Very Practical Way Of Demonstrating Faith

Although I’ve undergone a major career change in recent years, moving from full-time church and missions-related work to media and communications officer at a professional football club (that’s some swing, eh!), nevertheless I haven’t ‘deserted’ my Christian faith. In fact it’s as real and central as it’s always been.

One of my roles at The New Saints FC (the club in question) is that of club chaplain and I’m still the pastor at Tipton Family Church, in the Black Country. Both work out very well and especially the latter as we are a small congregation and so there’s just a Sunday morning service.

Having a passion for the beautiful game is such that once a month we have a football-themed service where we invite people to wear a shirt and we incorporate football into the meeting.

This month’s we joined in with National Sports Sunday, an initiative to raise the profile of sports chaplaincy in general. Although we touched on the big picture, we focused on the specific work that is going on in Wales, where my own involvement is.

It was rather fitting therefore, that my chosen shirt for the day was the Wales national one. Although I am English by birth – and very proud of that – I am also equally proud of my Welsh roots. The two sit comfortably alongside each other as far as I am concerned.


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