Logo

 

Banner Image:   Baptist-Times-banner-2000x370-
Template Mode:   Baptist Times
Icon
    Post     Tweet

United by a Shared Passion 


While millions will be glued to this summer's European football championships the popularity of the game has not been lost on one Baptist church. 

 
Hivings Free Church in a deprived area in Chesham, Buckinghamshire, wanted to find a way to engage with bored young people on their housing estate who were often getting into trouble. Speaking to them, minister, the Revd Sam Owoo, asked what they were interested in.
The common answer was football.
United by a shared passion 08
Sam set up a football club with help from a former professional footballer from Cameroon, Jean Black Ngody who he had met on the estate.

Both Sam and Jean have obtained FA coach qualifications and are encouraging some of the young people to do likewise as it will open up further employment opportunities.

The football club has grown to 60 members and has reduced anti-social behaviour on the estate. It is featured on a new film produced by the Baptist Union of Great Britain called Football for All.

Jean Black had drifted away from his Christian faith when he met Sam but getting involved with the football club has reignited his interest leading to him being baptised on New Year’s Day this year.

‘It was only when I met Sam and his dedication to the young people and the impact he has brought to the young people, I understood what Christianity was all about. That was one of the reasons why I came back to being a Christian.’

Jeff Haines, a teenager on the estate who is part of the football club, explains on the film the impact the club has had on him and his peers.
‘Football means everything to us. It gives us something to do, it gives us self control, it gives us belief. We’ve actually got something to beli
eve in now.’

Accompanying the video the BUGB’s Mission Department has produced a mission file which includes contributions from Sam and others on setting up a football club, and how the game can be used to engage young people in mission.

In the film Sam challenges churches to engage with young people, something he believes the football club is doing.

‘If we say we have good news, how relevant is the good news to those who are unemployed, to those who are hanging out on the streets, and those who are living out on the estates who are causing a nuisance to their communities?’

To view the film and download the Mission File go to http://www.baptist.org.uk/mission
    Post     Tweet
Examples of how Home Mission funds are being used in the Central Baptist Association
SubArticleD2019
Rockingham Road Baptist Church in Kettering has paid tribute to long serving member Robin Smith, the country's oldest person with Down Syndrome, who has died
William Wade, Baptist minister of Life Church, Cuffley in Hertfordshire has been voted as the winner of Sermon of the Year 2020
David Russell, senior minister of Northchurch Baptist Church, reports on how the church was invited to support a local school's initiative
Examples of how Home Mission funds are being used in the Central Baptist Association
SubArticleD2019
Over the last decade Mount Pleasant Baptist Church has stepped up its social action work, all the while being open about the faith that underpins it
This year we celebrate 20 years of twinning with Baptist churches in Israel, writes David Ronco. They take time, but have been a blessing to all churches involved
     Regional News 
    Posted: 21/08/2020
    Posted: 20/12/2019
    Posted: 23/08/2018
    Posted: 22/06/2017
    Posted: 07/02/2016
    Posted: 27/04/2015
    Posted: 16/03/2015
    Posted: 20/06/2014
    Posted: 31/05/2014
    Posted: 28/04/2014
    Posted: 05/09/2013