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/ 18 May 2017

Tournament raises pulse rates and funds for Christian Aid

Rounders in action

Recently, four churches in north-London did their bit to increase local fellowship and the pulse-rates of its clergy, young people and community, by organising an inter-church rounders match, raising hundreds of pounds for Christian Aid.

Initiated in 2016, by the Revd Edd Turner, Vicar of St Andrew’s Southgate and the Revd Gregory Platten, Vicar of All Saints Whetstone, this year the tournament included a team from Christ Church Southgate led by Associate Priest the Revd Hazel Miall and Churchwarden Phillip Dawson. A team from St Mary The Virgin East Barnet was led by Curate Fr Sam Korn.

The event took place in Oak Hill Park, East Barnet at the start of Christian Aid Week on Sunday 14 May and attracted hundreds of revellers from all four churches, cheering on their teams whilst enjoying a bring-and-share picnic in the glorious sunshine. A team from St Andrew’s Southgate ran a stall with home-made refreshments on sale.

The neighbouring parishes serve communities that are spread across three Deaneries in the Diocese of London and the Diocese of St Albans. All four churches share a similar worshipping tradition and inclusive outlook and have a history of joining together for services and community projects.

The tournament was won by St Mary The Virgin East Barnet closely followed by All Saints, Whetstone, followed by St Andrew’s and Christ Church Southgate and concluded with prayers for Christian Aid Week, while raising funds to support refugees throughout the world.

One of the priorities of the Capital Vision 2020 is to engage the local community, young people and congregations in and through sport and physical exercise, as part of Capital Vision 2020. This rounders tournament a prime example of churches taking this priority to heart, by holding a friendly afternoon in the centre of the community, which is accessible for all.

Fr Edd Turner, Vicar of St Andrew’s Southgate said:

“This was a fantastic afternoon of fun, fellowship and fundraising. With our church banners pitched in the park and our Christian Aid flag flying, we reached out to more people than we could hope to meet by door to door collections and had an amazing time doing so. We can’t wait until next year. Good News indeed!”

Anyone can join the Sports and Physical Activity Network which is run by the Capital Vision 2020 team, in the Diocese of London. Whether you, or people in your congregation, organise a walk, cycle or run with church friends, are a gym member or a sports club volunteer, an ‘athlete’ or supporter or believe the church should be interested in health and wellbeing, this is a great network of people across London who are active, passionate or interested in the world of sport, physical activity, health and wellbeing.

Alternatively, you may use some sort of sporting activity in youth work, run a sports ministry project or have a church hall being used for exercise or dance classes.

Mark Balcar, the Diocese of London’s Lead for Sports commented:

“It is great to see local churches getting together and showing the church is active and creating better physical wellbeing. Though our Network, we want to support and link like-minded people, providing new opportunities and resources to enhance and help churches start a new activity. We would love to hear what parishes are already doing to help inspire others to be involved in sport and physical activity.

“With the warmer weather coming let us see churches getting out into their local parks and holding such great tournaments right across the Capital.”

For more stories on sports and physical activity see the sports pages of Capital Vision 2020. To add tournaments, games, sports matches, and events in your church please use the Add Your Event button on the website. To communicated the good news of your church being involved with sport or physical activity please contact Matthew Hall.

About Matthew Hall

Matthew Hall was the diocesan Communications Assistant, before going on to become a Franciscan Friar with the Society of St Francis. Matthew seeks to protect the environment. He adores hiking and being outdoor in the country or by the sea in nearly all weather. He dreams of hiking to Rome and Jerusalem.

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