As we continue to look back at all the work carried out during the summer we find out more about James’ time with the Belfast Christians in Sport camp in August .
Each Sunday at the beginning of Sports Plus camp is filled with a mixture of nerves and excitement as the leaders finish their training and welcome the 100 young people (with a lot of luggage) for a week of excellent sports coaching and Bible teaching. Once settled in, the week begins in earnest on Monday with an early morning team quiet time reading scripture and praying, followed by a jog around the grounds of Campbell College and a stretching session, all before breakfast!
The whole camp comes together for meetings in the morning and evening which are a high energy couple of hours combining Bible teaching, competitions, praise, dancing, guest visits and highlights of what has been going on around the camp. Every element of these meetings follow the theme of the week which this year was ‘Rescued – By the Saviour of the World’, exploring the reality and offer of Jesus’ rescue for us through studying Luke’s gospel. Later in the day we also have a team Bible study which follows the same theme but allows us to ask questions and discuss another passage with the team of six or seven boys in a closer, more relaxed setting together as well as getting to know each other better.
At Sports Plus the aim is for excellence in everything. This includes the care for our young people, Bible teaching and coaching in their chosen sport. With over five hours of sport each day the young people return home fitter and better equipped to re-join their sports teams after camp. This is key because we don’t want our young people to ‘live for camp’ only, because it is seven days out of a whole year. Our desire is that they first realise God’s love for them and offer of Salvation. Then it is about realising their identity and that God has given them gifts and talents which can be used to worship and serve Him on the pitch, court, track or wherever it is they play. We pray that our young people go back to their teams encouraged to stand out by playing in a way that honours God and sharing with their friends about who Jesus is and what He means to them.
Find out more about the work of Christians in Sport here www.christiansinsport.org.uk