The Magazine - Spring 2020
Fit for purpose
Articles in this issue...
Game-changing: sports ministry
As the 2020 Olympics looms in Japan, Ruth Anderson urges us to consider the mission opportunities offered through sport and fitness.
Comment: Running the good race
Jon Norman shares the spiritual lessons he learned from running seven marathons in seven days.
A selection of books on the theme of sport and outdoor spirituality, reviewed by Steve Foyster.
Holiday clubs – building faith through fun
For the past 10 years, Matt Beckett has worked for the Fountain of Life Church and Kidz Klub Mid Norfolk, in Ashill and has been involved in running their annual summertime holiday club. He shares his and others' experience of organising these fun faith-filled events.
Worship on the wild side
Charlie Houlder-Moat, Trainee Reader, describes how her passion for the outdoors has combined with facilitating families to worship outdoors.
Active learning: Bible, sports, action!
Headteacher Helen Watson describes how Lyng Church of England Primary School has been engaging in Active RE.
Encountering God on the Broads
The Revd Graham Kirk-Spriggs explains how a local sailing holiday transformed his faith journey.
Learning from GoodGym
An article in The Big Issue headed ‘Changemakers’ caught Susanna Gunner’s eye. It described a venture called GoodGym which, inspiringly, links exercise with social action. It doesn’t have a specifically Christian foundation, yet it resonates in powerful ways with gospel language, kingdom concepts. She was intrigued and wanted to know more.
Bringing my faith to parkrun
Roy Roberts shares his love of the organised free, weekly, 5km timed running phenomenon that is parkrun.
And I would walk 500 miles
On 12 September 2019, Amanda Maundrell set out to walk the 500 miles of the ancient pilgrimage route of “El Camino Frances” across northern Spain, alone. Here she shares her story of why she undertook this challenge and the impact it had upon her.
Walsingham Way pilgrimage path
Previous articles for The Magazine on the Norwich to Walsingham route of the Walsingham Way have presented it as an aspiration, a project for which there was much local interest and support but still no wherewithal to make it a physical reality. That situation has changed, and 2020 will see the Way as a signposted path on the ground. Canon Librarian at Norwich Cathedral, Peter Doll, gives an update.
Pilgrimage in Lapland
Last August, as part of the "sharing of experiences", six people were invited to join in a pilgrimage along the Dag Hammarskjold Way which lies 250 km within the Arctic Circle, further cementing the link between the Diocese of Norwich and the Diocese of Luleå in the far north of Sweden. Steve Williamson shares their journey.
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About this Issue
In this issue, you’re invited to consider how sporting and outdoor activities can help you explore your Christian faith in different ways and how we can use them to share our faith with others.