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Author(s): Owen Smith
Fact 1...75% of 9-13 year olds play at least 27 minutes of football a day. Football is a part of contemporary culture that young people have a high level of contact with - they are excited about watching football, playing football, and buying the latest kit.
Fact 2...Young people aged 9-13 are a massively under-resourced age group in churches. Spanning the 'tweenager' and 'tweenie' age zones young people of this age are increasingly fashion-aware, media-savvy and worldly-wise. They don't regard themselves as children but are not yet adults.
This new book addresses both the need and the cultural interest.
In 10 sessions, this book tackles some of the central Christian beliefs using the features of football to help your youth group connect with the theological message in terms they can relate to - from Fans (God's Great Love for us) to Team Tactics (the Church as a Body) - with an introduction to the book covering all you need to consider in terms of health and safety, child protection, and how to handle the aspects of football culture that are not always very godly.
Mixing it up with Football will help young people to engage with their faith with the same enthusiasm with which they hit the football pitch!
Each session is divided into five parts and includes photocopiable material:
Owen Smith was the full-time Church Youth Worker of St. Margarets in Rainham, Kent and a member of the Rochester Diocese's Bishop's Council. In 2010 he was appointed chaplain of the Bishop of Rochester Academy. Owen is the author of the Mixing it Up with... series which blends popular culture with religious discussion as a way of involving young people in the church.