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Anglican Church News

From the Vicar

Dear Friends,

If you’re a football fan it’s an exciting time. The World Cup in Russia, started on June 14th. I hope England can make it through their group, with games against Tunisia, Panama and Belgium, and at least make it through to the quarter-finals.

The World Cup is a wonderful event. It is the defining tournament in every football player or manager’s career and consequently there is no contest more full of emotion and intrigue. We can all think of great moments, amazing goals, and stunning victories. We can also remember moments of controversy, pain or heartache. Stuart Pearce’s penalty, Gazza’s tears, Iceland… The World Cup is full of many different stories, often told for years after.  I still have vivid memories of watching England reach the semi-finals of the 1990 World Cup, with Pavarotti singing in the background!

The Christians in Sport website has an article that helps us to realise that, as much as we may love the World Cup, there is an even greater event worth thinking about. It says that, “The same words we use to talk about the World Cup can also all be applied to the amazing story of Jesus Christ:

Expectation: As Jesus came to earth, throughout his life, people asked the question of if this man was the long-awaited king who so many had waited for.

Passion: God loved us so much that he sent his own son to die in our place. What greater demonstration of his passionate love do we have? 

Controversy: Jesus divided opinions when he was living and this has continued for centuries. People have always debated was this man just a good teacher, a mad man or the son of God? 

Commitment: When Jesus came to earth he was beaten, scorned, shamed and crucified. He went to the cross for the sake of those whom the father loved and he died in their place: what greater sign of commitment to his people is there?

Victory: Jesus died on the cross for our sins, but death could not hold him. He defeated death and rose again from the grave, proving he is who he said he was and that he had authority to forgive sins and the power to beat death and offer us eternal life.

All of this can be summed up in a verse from the Bible that spectators over the years have held up throughout the World Cup tournament.

 “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
John 3:16”

We can all enjoy the World Cup, whilst having a deeper perspective on life. I read today that 87 players are open members of Christians in Sport. 

The World Cup unites so many around the world. Let’s hope for a peaceful, exciting tournament. And as for England… well, maybe the link there is miracles!


With every blessing


 Christians in Sport:

Anglican Church News

Church Services
Parishes of Woodborough, Epperstone, Oxton & Gonalston

1st July

8.00a.m Holy Communion (W’b)

8th July

9.30a.m Morning Prayer (W’b)

9.30a.m. Holy Communion (Ep)

11.00a.m Holy Communion (Ox)

15th July

9.30a.m Holy Communion (W’b)

11.00a.m BCP Holy Communion (Gon)

6.00p.m Prayer & Reflection (Ox)

22nd July

9.30a.m. Holy Communion (Ep)

11.00a.m. Pet Service (Ox)

29th July

10.30p.m. Rural Churches Together Holy Communion, St. Mary’s, Lowdham

Church Happenings

Wednesday 4th July

10.00a.m. Coffee Drop In St. Swithun’s

Tuesday, 10th July

2.00p.m Church Fellowship, The Institute, W’b

Wednesday 11th July

9.30a.m. Play Church. St. Swithun’s

7.30p.m Julian meeting, St. Swithun’s

Friday 13th July

2.00p.m Scramblers, Oxton village hall

Wednesday 25th July

7.30p.m Julian meeting, St. Swithun’s

Wednesday 1st August

10.00a.m. Coffee Drop In St. Swithun’s


Please note: Most activities will be taking a break in August. They will resume again in September.

The St Swithun’s open day took place on Saturday 16th June, and started with wind and cloud – but the sun soon came out to make it a very enjoyable event.

Photos by Michael Dobbs