As Rugby World Cup 2015 drew to a dramatic conclusion on Sunday, we look back at the host of events that took place during the build up to the Rugby World Cup Final. 200+ events have taken place across the country during the 6 weeks, and the final week of the world cup has been no different. With half term coinciding with the final week of the tournament, many holiday clubs have also been running as well.
For half term and light parties, the Game of Life resource pack has been a wonderful resource for incorporating the gospel into rugby for all ages. A number of churches across the country are screening the bronze final and the final on 30th and 31st respectively. Many of these screenings and events cater for the whole family and incorporate food and family fun.
Two notable events taking place over the last week have been the Game Changers Holiday Club in Forest Hill, South London, and family tag rugby workshops ran in Brent, South London.
Perry Rise Baptist Church in Forest Hill organized the Game Changers Holiday Club, and one of the volunteers, Paula, described the heart of what the event was about, “We have had about twenty kids, and we are linking rugby into what it means to be a Christian and how they should be living their lives. They have had a fantastic time.” These holiday clubs provide a healthy mix of life lessons and good solid fun, and they have been taking place nation-wide over the past weeks.
Another event, organized by Christ Apostolic Church in Brent, sought to bring rugby into the community using family rugby workshops at the local park. Pastor Yinka Afuwape explains how they use rugby as a form of outreach, “We are using sport, as you see here today. When there is major events like the rugby world cup, we gather together and facilitate sports outreach.”
This event is just one of many that Christ Apostolic Church has put on during the world cup, and is a great example of a church seizing the opportunity to build relationships with their local community during the special moment that is the Rugby World Cup.
These events are just a couple of examples of what has been happening all across the UK this past week, and indeed all through the Rugby World Cup. These events have seen significant relationships established that otherwise would not have been during this world cup.
Engage 2015 encourages churches across the nation to continue to build on these relationships for the glory of the Lord surrounding many other events, not least beginning with Christmas, now only one month away. It is exciting to see what He will do.