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Come and spend your Monday afternoons at St Andrew’s; this is what Phil has to say about the sports activities available - “It started last year with warnings from my wife (and in a far less threatening manner from my doctor) that I needed to do more exercise. “Why not go along to the Church Hall on Monday afternoons?" Struggling to find a good reason to refuse, I searched the bottom of my wardrobe, found a pair of trainers last worn about 15 years ago (it was not exactly eau de channel, more odour not nice) and turned up. I had not played table tennis since my teens, and badminton was a closed book. After ten minutes of table tennis a very patient John Irving asked me if I was aware that the aim of the game was to get the ball OVER the net, and onto the other side of the table. Eventually the rallies began to last a little longer than two shots and I began to see why experts recommend table tennis for the quick thinking needed and the physical exercise. Whilst this was happening two games of doubles were progressing on the badminton courts. In more recent weeks Keith has introduced carpet bowls. There is a pleasant mix of adults, some from St Andrew's and others not, but a great opportunity to chat and make new friends. We haven't yet persuaded members of the Monday afternoon bible study who meet in the Hall also that they need physical as well as spiritual exercise but we are working on it. To anybody else who is over 55 and in need of some fun and activity on a Monday afternoon I would encourage you to try it, you will be made most welcome.” So, if you are aged over 55, free on a Monday afternoon and keen to play badminton, indoor bowls or table tennis, please come along to our sports life activities from 2.30m. All are welcome to join the friendly bunch - who meet in St Andrew’s church hall every Monday during school term time; for games, laughter, tea and conversations - regardless of ability or age of trainers.


What sport is available at St Andrew's?

MONDAY (during school term time & not bank holidays)

2 - 4pm in the church hall - Sports Life (for the over 55's)
Activities include Badminton, Table Tennis & Carpet Bowls, join the group for a game or two - all welcome regardless of ability.



St Andrew's Cup goes to Romania

How appropriate that, in our church’s Month of Mission, the St Andrews Cup, the outreach annual seven-a-side football tournament, should be won by a team made up of workers from Eastern Europe.
Dacia, named after the Romanian region from which most of the players originated, emerged triumphant following a tense penalty shoot-out against defending champions from 2016, Eccleston Elite, led by St Andrews’ own Matt Ferguson.
Eight teams contested this year’s competition, including groups from Wellfield, Buckshaw and St Andrews churches. Once again the competition was sponsored by local business magazine Leyland Leader, and the outcome could not have been closer.
Dacia, made up of players from Romania and Moldova who have settled in the Chorley and Leyland area, brought an international, colourful flavour to the event. As well as capturing the St Andrews cup for 2017, their captain Victor picked up the Golden Boot trophy as the afternoon’s leading goal-scorer.




Adam McAlister, who helped to organise the successful tournament, gave a short talk during a break in the competition.
With great passion and convincing honesty, he told how he came to faith, giving his life to Jesus which turned his whole approach to life around. Fellow organiser Calvin Wallace, who captained the Irish entrants, Green Brazil, said: “It’s been a great tournament, we were blessed with fine weather – it poured down last year – and we’re grateful to everyone who contributed in any way. Thanks to Adam for his testimony and every credit to the Romanians who played well throughout.”
All competitors were given Christian books and tracts as they left, including some in Romanian which had been specially acquired ahead of the tournament.



Recently a new sporting initiative for the County has been launched by Blackburn Diocese (The Church of England in Lancashire) at an event in Deepdale Stadium – the home of Preston North End Football Club.
The ‘Ministry of Sport’ was created in 2015 by Bishop Tony Porter (who is the Archbishops’ Adviser on Sport) and it has been rolling out across Church of England Dioceses ever since – with Blackburn Diocese being the latest to get involved. Bishop of Blackburn, Rt Rev Julian Henderson, is fully supportive of the initiative and attended the launch, which took place in the Players’ Lounge at Deepdale, along with people from across the County who were interested in getting involved.
The main aim of Ministry of Sport is simple … to encourage Christians participating in sport and sports chaplaincy to use it as part of outreach work of the local church.

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