National Sports Sunday: 17th May 2020

God loves sport, so let us pray…

Message from Warren Evans, CEO of Sports Chaplaincy UK

National Sports Sunday this year is not an event, but an opportunity to pray for the community of sport with a renewed sense of focus. That’s why I’m inviting you to take part, whether that’s online as a church fellowship or just as a single believer lamenting the absence of sport.

With sports games suspended, gyms closed, staff feeling uncertain about the future and players frustrated with being unable to participate, we have an opportunity to remember sport is more than an activity, it’s a community we can bless and pray for.

If you are taking part in the spirit of National Sports Sunday on the day itself or at a later date, please don’t forget to tell us by emailing or posting on social media!

Wherever you are, keep being a blessing and praying for those struggling in these challenging days.

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Contacting the National Sports Sunday team

For further information including press enquiries, please email Adam
May, adam.may@sportschaplaincy.org.uk or telephone 07736 949 869. We aim to respond to your response as soon as possible.


Logo Pack

Our thanks to our friends at CPO for creating a new logo for National
Sports Sunday. You can download the logo for your church magazine and
website by clicking the promotion pack.


National Sports Sunday 2020 teaching

During 2015, whilst working for Youth For Christ, Phil undertook a year completely sports free. He wrote a blog to share of his journey. You can read it here.

Praying For The Community Of Sport

  • For our eyes to be opened to see the community of sport as God sees it.
  • For us as a church or individual christian to see how we can be salt and light to the community of sport in our words and deeds.
  • That our eyes might be opened to see what sports community exist in our own area and to just start to pray for that community.
  • That we would have compassion not just to pray during this crisis but beyond that.

Prayers provided by Tony Moodie, Discipleship Development Coordinator, Evangelism and Growth Team, Methodist Church GB

  • Sporting clubs will keep their chaplains in the loop when it comes to pastoral needs and crises
  • Chaplains will continue to find ways to stay engaged with their clubs though they can’t be physically present
  • Chaplains will have the sensitivity of the Spirit to know who to proactively contact and when
  • Chaplains will continue to have the support of their churches do engage with sport during this time

Prayers provided by Aileen Fleming, Scottish Prayer Leader

  • For the love of God to be seen in the small things we do to support those who are struggling at this time.
  • For all who grieve at present, with the unexpected loss of loved ones through the coronavirus.
  • For God’s power and love to strengthen all our chaplains as they work tirelessly to bring love, compassion,hope and a continued presence with the family of our sports clubs.
  • For an awareness of the poverty,hardship,stress,family breakdowns,addictions and a sense of loss and hopelessness that might be going on behind the scenes.

Prayer points contributed by Karen Lorimer; Chaplain to Swansea City Bravehearts

  • For ourselves that we would be open to be challenged by God to our own prejudices towards the community of sport; that where we see it as an activity, see it as a community
  • Thanksgiving for the gift that prayer is for us to pray for the community of sport; that God would challenge us to be aware of what is going on in our own communities in terms of sports clubs.
  • Help us to have an awareness of the headline challenges affecting the community of sport and that we would have a heart to pray regularly for the community of sport during this pandemic.
  • As we look to the future, that the church would not seek to be competition with each other to serve but that we might be one Body of Christ, working together.

Prayers provided by James Lusted, Sports Chaplaincy UK Ambassador and broadcaster

  • Look after their mental and emotional wellbeing as well as retain their physical fitness levels
  • Reflect that they can only control the controllables and allow things to take their course
  • See light at the end of the tunnel, and see various achievable stage that they can go through to get back to playing as normal
  • Reflect that there are more important things in life than sport – and open up the spiritual, eternal realities so that they call their chaplains to ask spiritual questions.

Prayers provided by Mark Fleming, Sports Chaplaincy UK Scottish Director

  • Pray for the OWNERS , CEO’S . CFO’S , CHAIRMEN and TEAM MANAGERS – they will be tasked with the decisions of building a revised business model to support the needs of the Players , staff , volunteers , supporters and themselves as administrators .
  • Pray for PLAYERS who will be faced with uncertainty about their contracts and their future in the game.
    Pray for all the people that make up SPORTS CLUBS , ORGANIZATIONS and COMMUNITIES that they will remember well the benefits of sport and the camaraderie it invokes as well as the delight in winning and success.
  • Pray for the CEO’S . CFO’S and COO’S of NATIONAL GOVERNING BODIES as they likewise build revised business models to support the needs of their respective sports at Elite, Amateur and Grassroots level

Prayers provided by Philip Mitchell, Sports Chaplaincy UK National Director for Northern Ireland.

  • For all young people missing their team mates and the sport they are not able to play.
  • For young people whose sports community is their ‘life-line’ that they would be being supported by their coaches (community sports or club based) and teammates
  • For young people whose purpose and identity has been rocked and knocked and are uncertain over the future
  • For young people who are dealing with grief and fear in their households and families
  • That Christian young people are able to support and share God’s love to their team mates and they receive the support they need to do this.

Prayer points contributed by Richard Witham, National Sports Mission Leader, Scripture Union

  • Prayers of thanks for the enjoyment that watching sport via media outlets provides us
  • Pray for those missing the enjoyment of watching live sport in the media as a result of Covid-19.
  • Pray for those who will loss their jobs, whether temporarily or permanently as sport games remain off the television for the foreseeable future.
  • Pray for those who will be affected by the direct loss of revenue income which sport on the media provides.

Prayer points contributed by Peter Wooding, Senior Editor at Assist News Service and the London Bureau Chief for the Global News Alliance

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