Sport and wellbeing

We want to help people of all ages – from young to old – live out their everyday faith in Jesus. Sport is a big part of many people’s lives and faith should be integrated with this.

As we recover from the pandemic, people will want to be more physically active together. Churches can be part of that desire locally, sharing with others in the love God has for everybody.

What is sport and wellbeing ministry?

If we believe that everything we do in life matters to God, then sport, fitness, and wellbeing must too, right?

From healthy walks and mobility exercise sessions to cycling groups and sports club chaplains, churches across the Diocese of Rochester are exploring ways they can be a positive and encouraging presence in people’s sporting lives.

What’s the evidence?

  • 16 million adults play sport weekly
  • Nearly four in ten in UKME communities play sport weekly
  • 1.6 million disabled people play sport weekly
  • 88% of children aged 5-15 play sport regularly

Get inspired

We've created this new video to help get churches and their leadership talking and thinking about how they might be able to be a Godly presence in people's sporting lives. You may like to watch it at a PCC or other church setting.

Watch on YouTube or download from Vimeo

Is there a plan?

Our hope is for:

  • People to figure out how their daily faith listens to and speaks to their love of sport or well-being
  • Churches to develop new forms of outreach and worship around sport and well-being
  • Both people and churches to make a generous and faith-filled contribution to the health of their post-pandemic neighbourhoods

Getting your church involved

Please get in touch with our Bishop Simon Burton-Jones at


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