Simon writes: July/August 2012

Running the Race

It strikes me as a little odd that on the bill boards of sporting events and in the breaks between the action, whether it is football or the Olympics, there are numerous adverts for all kinds of drinks and junk food. As if the message is, join in with this sporting spectacle by stuffing your face! In fact, the bigger the sporting occasion, the bigger the contrast between the athleticism on the pitch and the tempting adverts around the pitch. So, when we talk about mass sporting events, is our participation limited to switching on the telly, putting up our feet and reaching for some comforting food?

Jesus met a number of people who did rather sedentary jobs – tax collectors sitting in their tax booths, fishermen sitting in their boats (ok, so they were probably active) – and he called to them “Follow me”. To put it another way – don’t just watch me, join me! Get stuck in, get involved. And this message was not just for 12 guys, 2,000 years ago – it is a call to each one of us today. So I’m inviting you, not to be a spectator on the sidelines, but a player on the pitch – to run the race!

How might you do that? Well, if you’re at the Infant or Junior school (or your kids are) then come along to the WAVE this summer, where our theme is “Running the Race”. In case you don’t know, the WAVE is the holiday Bible Club run by Christians in Faringdon (more details below and on the outside back cover). If you’re a teenager – then why not go on a summer camp, like Foremarke 3? But don’t let age limit you – there are plenty of ways that you can get involved – both on Sundays and in midweek groups for those starting out and those wanting to explore faith further. Do find out more about midweek groups by checking out the calendar of events.

I’ll leave it to the government to ask you if you are ‘fit for life?’ – but let me ask a deeper question: are you fit for eternal life? Church is here to help you find out more and get involved.