Partnership and collaboration
It has been so encouraging to see how God has been at work over the last 16 months despite restrictions. As part of the sports ministry, we are running three lunch time clubs, three after school clubs and Active RE in three schools, reaching over 100 children each week.
Over 80 children have heard the good news of Jesus Christ at ‘Legacy’, our sports based holiday club. Sixtyfive adults from the church and community attended the Olympic and Christmas quizzes where they heard about the hope found in Jesus and around 50 children and young people have tested out their skills in the football cage. It has been wonderful engaging with so many people and seeing families come to church for the first time as a result of this ministry.
Revd Tony Heywood of Grace Church on the Abbey Estate in Thetford writes, “It’s been a wonderful encouragement to have Susie on the staff team the last year and a half. Through all the different activities and events she has organised, many people have heard about Jesus who might not have otherwise. It’s also been a joy to see Susie building a team of volunteers and helping believers to use and grow in the God-given gifts.”
Partnerships have been a key part of this ministry. During lockdowns and restrictions, while in person ministry was unable to happen, I had the time to contact local organisations and charities to see if we could partner together in the future. While some partnerships were obvious such as contacting local schools, others were less so, but have proved to be vital for this ministry to succeed. Partnering with Keystone Trust and Flagship Housing enabled us to put on a ‘Euros Community Festival’ where we had a big screen showing the England vs Germany football match, a free BBQ and the football cage.
Revd Peter Herbert, team rector, writes “It’s been brilliant to see what God has been doing in and through the sports ministry here in the Thetford Team Ministry, and how so many people have heard, experienced and grown in the love of Jesus through all that’s been happening. Partnership and collaboration, both within the churches and with other organisations, has been fundamental to all that’s gone on.”
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