Sunday 12 July 2009

Heart and Soul

special olympics opening#

In July, the Special Olympics are coming to Leicester. This is quite exciting - especially as Zara Jurenko from our church is one of the athletes.

zara j You can read a profile of Zara here.

It was a Family Service today, so Bob took the theme of 'Sport' - I don't have any photos - mainly because the younger children were involved and I cannot post their pictures.

He began by asking about  what sports we could think of in the Bible. There are quite a few - archery, running, boxing, wrestling, swimming, sailing, fishing, javelin... [although some of these related really to practising for war, or finding food in Bible times, and were not really sport/leisure activities]

He said he was not allowing "Cricket" - even if there is a verse about "Peter stood up with the eleven and was bowled/bold" !

pugil sticks Illustrating his points with Bible stories, and with the help of  volunteers from the congregation [they are so good, at taking part in things] who did things whilst blindfolded, and others hula-hooped, and threw darts, and fought with pugils [that's these big Q-tip things] Bob reminded us that as in sports, so in the Christian life. We must

  • listen to our Trainer
  • strive to do our best
  • keep persevering
  • watch out for things that will trip us up [sin]

All good stuff. Loads of people kept handing me craft bits they had prepared for Holiday Club [sharing out that task has saved me hours of work!] and others have volunteered to come and help sorting out craft materials on Thursday. But before that we have 36 hours at Cornerstones to look forward to.




The motto of the Special Olympics is "Let me win but if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt"

and the strapline for this year is "Leicester 2009 - giving its heart and soul"

Which reminded me of these verses...


"The most important commandment" Jesus said "is this: 'Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.The second is this: 'Love your neighbour as yourself.There is no commandment greater than these."


  1. Special Olympics (and I wish they had a better name) are so inspiring to watch. how marvellous to have one of your flock taking part.

  2. Hi Angela! What a great post! I like Bob's sermon and I love reading about all the aspects of community!


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