Publishers have responded to the challenge of 2012 by producing various sports-related resources for use amongst children, young people and others. On this page we are listing some of these resources, available through re:fresh books & christian resources.
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Beyond the Gold
What every church needs to know about sports ministry
by Bryan Mason
Bryan Mason, a former deputy head teacher and now Executive Director of Higher Sports, believes that sport is as vital a part of the church's programme as, say, youth work or women's ministry. It provides an environment in which people can make friends naturally and share Jesus.
His book establishes a Biblical and cultural reson for a sports ministry, gives practical guidance on different forms of sports outreach, examples of successful projects and details of relevant organisations.
240 pages, paperback. £7.99.
Running for my Life
by Lopez Lomong
Lopez Lomong was one of the Sudanese 'Lost Boys', snatched from his mother's arms by rebel soldiers at the age of six. Years later he was chosen to lead the US Olympic team into the arena at the opening of the Beijng Olympics. This is his inspiring story.
Thomas Nelson. Paperback 227 pages. £9.99
by David McCasland
Pure Gold tells the larger story of Eric Liddell: his upbringing in China as the son of missionary parents, his deep love for his devoted wife Florence, his zealous and outspoken faith and his tragic death at a Japanese internment camp just months before the end of the Second World War. Includes 16 pages of photographs and significant supplementary material. First published in the US and not previously in a UK edition.
Published by Lion. 224 pages. Paperback. £9.99
A biography of Eric Liddell
by Julian Wilson
This is a revised edition of Julian Wilson's 1996 biography of the athlete who's achievement at the 1924 Olympic Games inspired the Award-winning film Chariots of Fire.
Liddell refused to run in the final of the 100 metres because it was being held on a Sunday. However, the sprinter then ran in the 400 metres on a Friday and won Gold.
Liddell went on to become a missionary in China, where he was interned in a Japanese prison camp in 1943. He died in 1945, six months before the camp was liberated, but not before making a tremendous impact on his fellow prisoners.
Drawing upon interviews with Liddell's family and friends, Wilson traces his life from childhood in China (where his own parents were missionaries) through his childhood and athletic career to his missionary years in china. The book includes anecdotes, reminiscences, extracts from his letters and a number of rare photographs.
Published by Authentic, 138 pages, Paperback. £7.99
Evangelistic Pocket Guides to the
Olympics, Paralympics & Euro 2012
Three well-produced booklets give fascinating details of the history of these major sporting events, details of previous events and winners, dates and venues for 2012 events, and brief profiles of well-known participants reflecting on previous competitions and what their faith means to them.
Include space for users to insert contact information.
Special prices for bulk orders.
More than Gold mini-mag
Focusing on the Olympics.
Includes testimonies from Debbie Flood, Vivian Cheruiyot and Allyson Felix plus a wealth of facts and figures.
More than Conquerors
Focusing on the Paralympics.
Includes testimonies from Anne Wafula Strike, Michael Sharkey, Fanie ven der Merwe and Jean Driscoll.
Twenty-12 pocket guide
Guide to the European Football Championship
Includes a schedule of the events with space for users to fill in the results. Plus testimonies from Marcos Senna and Nicola Legrottaglie.
Ring 020 8390 5400 or email email@example.com
for bulk order prices.
Running the Race marked out
for us - Lessons from Hebrews 12
by Andrew Wooding Jones
Based around a nine week discipleship course at Ashburnham Place used to train Christians from around the world, this book is a verse-by-verse exposition of Hebrews 12 and includes questions for group discussion.
Published by BRF. Paperback. 96 pages. £5.99.
Other material suitable for GroupStudy
Christian Basics Bible Study Guides
A series of Bible Study Guides from InterVarsity Press including:-
Commitment - Robert Boyd Munger
Perseverence - Eugene Peterson
Priorities - Charles Hummel
Published by InterVasity Press. Paperback. 64 pages.
Something Greater than Gold
by Janet and Geoff Benge
Published in YWAM's Christian Heroes: Then and Now series, this 208-page book chronicles the life of the athlete who refused to run the 100 metres on Sunday in the 1924 Olympics but then went on to win the 400 metres on another day. Age 10 up.
Published by YWAM. Paperback. 208 pages £7.99.
Eric Liddell: Finish the Race
by John Keddie
Published in the Christian Focus Trailblazers series, this life of the athlete-missionary is aimed at 9-14 year-olds. John Keddie was an adviser to the makers of Chariots of Fire. The book is endorsed by Maureen Moore, Eric Liddell's daughter.
Published by Christian Focus. Paperback. 160 pages. £5.99.
GOLD - 100 Winning Thoughts
by Richard Daly
This attractive little booklet provides 100 simple thoughts and an associated Bible text for each to provide inspiration and encouragement in the race of life. It follows a sporting theme throughout - 'nurture your gift', 'learn from your mistakes', 'get up again' etc.
Suitable as a gift at special sport-related events or to give to somebody who is struggling with life. Published by CWR. £4.99.
Sports Fun for Messy Churches Resource Book
by Lucy Moore
Enhance your Messy Church experience with fun-filled games and sports activities for families to enjoy together. This little book provides a wealth of simple, interactive games and family-friendly sports ideas for Messy Church leaders to use in their sessions.
Published by BRF. 64 pages. £5.99
Sports Academy Holiday Club
by John Hardwick
Five complete 2.5 hour programmes plus ideas for a special service or event for a Holiday Club with a sports theme.
Takes the life of David as a model for healthy living and the journey of faith. Includes photocopy permission.
- Looking after our bodies
- Looking after our self-esteem
- Looking after our well-being
- Looking after our sense of team spirit
- Looking after our minds
Published by BRF. 96 pages paperback. £11.99
Scripture Union resources
for use with young people
Using sport to share the Gospel with young people.
Many young people love sport and it’s a great way to open up the gospel with young people from outside a church community. Decathlon helps you do just that!
Using games derived from ten different sports, Decathlon takes young people through some of the essentials of the Christian faith, such as who God is, God’s grace and the freedom offered by Jesus. Each session offers material to use in an assembly, a youth group setting or a longer holiday-time programme. Young people explore different truths about God through sport, games, Bible engagement, discussion and more. A4 format, 80 pages £11.99
On your Marks
On Your Marks is a five-day holiday club programme for 5 to 11s, especially suitable for children who are not yet part of a church community. It has a 'Global Games' sports theme and is based on significant events from the life of Jesus as recorded in Mark's Gospel.
• On your Marks Resource book.
Designed to help children meet Jesus as he calls his disciples, demonstrates his healing power, shows his authority and reveals himself as the Son of God. They discover what it is like to be a member of Jesus' team. Price: £12.99
• On your Marks DVD.
Children join real-life sports men and women on location as they share their sporting experiences, their role as team players and how Jesus makes a difference in their lives. The DVD takes them to sports matches and events as the storyteller brings stories of Jesus alive. Price: £19.99
• Get Set
This 48-page booklet contains the essential Bible text, plus information, puzzles and challenges – to use in the On Your Marks club and as a souvenir for the children to take home. Price: £2.50 each. Packs of ten £10.00.
Personal Best is a resource for use during the Olympics. It is designed for churches to buy and then give to KS1 and 2 children. It can be used as part of On Your Marks, or as a stand-alone resource. It contains puzzles, information on nine of God's champions from the Bible and interviews with Christian sports people, together with space to personalise the content. Publication in February/March.
Heart, Mind & Soul
Gospel of Mark in Easy-to-read Version (ERV)
A low-cost Gospel of Mark for evangelistic use by churches and other groups engaged in a sports ministry. Anglicized ERV text - ideal for the unchurched or people for whom English is not their first language. With profiles of Christian sports men and women likely to take part in the games such as Allyson Felix (track 400m), Debbie Flood (rowing quads) and Maya Moore (basketball). Gospel presentation, plus contact details for response and follow-up. Sold in packs of five.
Chariots of Fire
The Story of Eric Liddell and the 1924 Olympics
Commemorative edition of the movie, starring Ben Cross, Ian Charleson and Nigel Havers, which won four 1981 Academy Awards, including Best Picture.
The movie focuses on the contrasting athletics careers of Eric Liddell and Harold Abrahams and the 1924 Olympic Games, in which Liddell refused to run on a Sunday.
1 hour 58 minutes.
Champion of Conviction
A documentary of the life of Eric Liddell including his dramatic win in the 400 meters at the 1924 Olympics and his life as a missionary in China, where he eventually died in a Japanese internment camp. His story is told by David McCasland, author of Eric Liddell: Pure Gold, Eric's daughter Patricia, and Rev. John Keddie, consultant on "Chariots of Fire," along with fellow prisoners from the internment camp in China. 1 hour 20 minutes.
The Eric Liddell Story
One of the Torchlighter Heroes of Faith series for children aged 8-12, this is a 30-minute animated documentary. on the life of the greatr athlete-missionary.
The DVD also includes material for teachers including the 60-minute documentary Eric Liddell: Champion of Conviction, a comprehensive leader's guide with four lesson plans and background information, and reproducible student handouts. There are also associated on-line resources.
The Potential Inside
An action-packed movie about (American) cycle racing. A retired veteran cyclist reluctantly takes on the task of training a young racer. Alongside the cutting-edge technology and scientific training programmes, the most important challenge he faces is to release the true potential inside the trainee.
1 hour 36 minutes.
A useful website
More than Gold (MTG) is an organisation that aims to help UK churches to seize the evangelistic opportunities presented by the 2012 games. It provides guidance on what churches can do to reach out into their local community with a sports ministry; to offer hospitality to the families of athletes; and to become involved in the games infrastructure.