Prayer initiative planned for growing sports chaplaincy work
Christians across the UK are being invited to take part in a Day of Prayer for sports chaplains ...
On the Wednesday of Holy Week (Wednesday 23 March), national sporting ministry Sports Chaplaincy UK is calling upon all Christians to join them in taking part in a Day of Prayer to seek God for the future of their organisation and its impact to the sports clubs that Chaplains serve.
The Day of Prayer will begin a programme of local, regional and national events, taking place throughout 2016, to mark the 25th anniversary year since the launch of the charity.
The focus of the 25th anniversary year is encouraging and equipping the Church to get more involved in this vital ministry, with prayer at its heart.
This month's Day of Prayer is the second that the organisation has called in recent years to urge the church to pray for almost 400 chaplains across the UK ministering in a variety of sporting contexts, including disabled and women's sports.
The number of chaplains in the UK has grown significantly as Sports Chaplaincy UK alone have trained more than 200 chaplains in the last two years.
Research suggests that there are approximately 151,000 sports clubs in the UK, with an expected community size of 25 million people.
Therefore, Sports Chaplaincy acts create an opportunity to enable the church to better understand and stands in partnership in this un opportunity, which is rooted in prayer.
Speaking ahead of the Day of Prayer, Warren Evans, Chief Executive of Sports Chaplaincy UK said:
“It's incredible to see the growth in Sports Chaplaincy in England, Ireland, Wales and Scotland in recent years!
"God is moving in this ministry and we are expectant of more. We need to honour the number of chaplains faithfully serving in a variety of sports club, helping in so many ways, with players, their families and staff at the club.
"In an average week, 2500 hours are given by the work of Sports Chaplains, so this is an area of ministry which we need the Church to commit to praying for.
"The call for a Day of Prayer on Wednesday 23 March is about enabling the Church in a focused way to pray for what is happening across the UK. I would encourage anyone who knows a Sports Chaplain to pray for them personally on this day, send them a message to encourage them and invite others to do the same.
"Prayer works and we want to ask God to bless and see increased fruit in this ministry.”
To find out more about the work of Sports Chaplaincy UK and the Day of Prayer, visit www.sportschaplaincy.org.uk