Pioneering new pathways together

In the Diocese of Peterborough following a six week programme of cricket at Mears Ashby CE Primary School the Revd Katrina Hutchins, Vicar of Mears Ashby and Hardwick and Sywell with Overstone was keen to follow up a new Growing Faith prayer club for parents, carers and children after taking part in one of the coaching sessions at school.

“It is a powerful reminder of their experiences with sport and prayer, and with courage, respect and trust. It was great to see the children wanting to pray out loud in front of their friends. Adults are not always that brave!  I think the challenge now is embedding this experience in the worshipping and daily life of the school.” Revd Katrina Hutchins

In the Diocese of Winchester the Rev John Pares was inspired and enthused with all the possibilities following joining a session of rugby with St James CE Primary Academy in Bournemouth.

“Seeing and hearing children pray openly and out loud in front of others was a real inspiration and has given me hope that we might start a prayer group in school” Revd John Pares Priest-in-Charge St James the Greater, Pokesdown, Bournemouth

In the Diocese of Gloucester, Project Touchline has been working with the Bisley Benefice. The PCC are supporting two special sports days to foster deeper links with the schools.  Professional coaching being provided with faith and values for two local primary schools during curriculum time through rugby union.

In the Diocese of Salisbury, a four-day multi-sports event at Shaw C of E Primary School in collaboration with Rev Shona Hoad, the PCC and Benefice of Atworth with Shaw and Whitley. With a regular attendance of 50 children professional sports coaching was provided in gymnastics, rugby, football, hockey, cricket, dodgeball, netball and athletics linking the four Christian values to scripture through each of the sports. Perseverance – “Let us run with perseverance the race that lies before us. Let us keep our eyes fixed on Jesus, on whom our faith depends from beginning to end” Hebrews 12.1-2 Courage – “Perfect love casts out all fear” 1 John 4.18 Friendship – “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you” Matthew 7.12 Respect – “Encourage one another and build each other up” 1 Thessalonians 5.1