News by email Donate


Top Stories

Most Read

Popular Videos

World News

Church sports activities for migrants

by Hannah Tooley

The European Christian Sports Union (ECSU) has created a special resource called the 'Migrant Sports Toolkit' with the aim of helping churches and individuals reach out to new people entering their communities.

The scheme uses sport and play as means of people getting to know one another.

Jonny Reid from Christians in Sport told Premier that "churches can be radical in this way."

He said: "Sport has the power to change the world... it's a language in and of itself. Where people are coming from a culture which is completely foreign from us, with a language they don't speak and a language we don't speak can really break down barriers quite quickly."

The ECSU also uses sport as a way for people to connect with God and it has been working with churches, individuals and organisations for 60 years.

Nelson Mandela once said: "Sport has the power to change the world.

"It has the power to inspire, the power to unite people in a way that little else does.

"It speaks to youth in a language they understand.

"Sport can create hope, where there was once despair.

"It is more powerful than governments in breaking down racial barriers. It laughs in the face of all types of discrimination."

The Migrant Sports Toolkit provides an online resources combining sports mission concepts with new ideas from practitioners all over Europe.

Listen to Premier's Hannah Tooley speak to Jonny Reid here:

A Monthly Gift Of $11 Makes A World Of Difference

In a world of fake news there’s never been a greater need for quality Christian journalism. Premier’s mission is to provide the Church with the most up to date and relevant news, told from a Christian perspective. But we can’t do it without you.

Unlike many websites we haven't put up a paywall — we want to keep our journalism free at the point of need and as open as we can. Premier’s news output takes a lot of time, money and hard work to produce. No one in the USA is sharing news like we are across radio, magazines and online so please help us to continue that today.

For a monthly gift of $11 or more we’d also be able to send you a free copy of the brand new Premier Bible, a wonderful Anglicised version of the NLT packed with exclusive bonus content, reading plan and resources to help you get the most out of scripture.

Your monthly support will make a world of difference. Thank you.

Support Us
Continue the conversation on our Facebook page

Related Articles

Sign up to our newsletter to stay informed with news from a Christian perspective.

News by email