8 September 2017
As the autumn emerges into view, we reflect fondly on the summer of sport that we have been privileged to be a part of this year.
At Wimbledon Tennis Championships our large team of volunteers had so much fun showing love and kindness to thousands of tennis fans, often praying with them as they discussed deeper issues of faith and life, and sharing good news of hope with them.
Carolyn then spent several weeks serving as a chaplain at the IPC & IAAF World Athletics Championships mainly engaging with athletes and team members, encouraging those who were Christians, and being a listening ear & support for those facing disappointment. It was so encouraging to see many athletes from several nations keen to meet for worship and prayer and bible study every day.
The world of sport is a fantastic platform for connecting people with the Christian faith. We believe that God loves sport! We believe in a fun God who encourages us to have leisure time. We believe that he has given us incredible bodies which can perform amazing feats, all of which glorify the God who made us. And we believe in a God of comfort for those tough times when disappointment sets in, or injury occurs, or retirement is on the horizon.
We thank God for the opportunity to show his love in such practical and relevant ways this summer through the world of sport.
2 June 2017
As June heralds the start of summer, most people are starting to think about summer holidays and getting some time out. But for us at Third Space, it tends to be our busiest season with various mission initiatives. Our time in Ibiza has taken a different slant this year. Carolyn was there for a week of prayer in April and Lu has just come back from training some of the long term team serving with 24-7 Prayer. And now the countdown is on for a summer of sport! Wimbledon tennis will be upon us shortly and our Love All Serve All initiative will swing into action. We love working with lots of other local Christians to offer love and gifts and prayer to the thousands of tennis fans camping in Wimbledon Park. If you'd like to know more then do get in touch. And immediately after the tennis, the World Athletics Championships will be taking place in London throughout July and August, and Carolyn has the privilege of serving there as a chaplain. So it will be a busy few months but we love it, especially when we see people encounter the love of God, and especially when the sun shines!
19 April 2017
The chocolate eggs have been eaten, the temperature is going up slightly, and we are seeing more daylight hours! The summer is on it's way, and we have an action packed summer at Third Space. We will be heading to Ibiza in different capacities with 24-7 Prayer, to join their prayer team, and to offer training. We also have a summer of sport with our annual Love All Serve All outreach to the Wimbledon tennis queues, and being involved in chaplaincy at the World Athletics Championships in London. And our regular activities in between! It will be busy but fun, and exciting to be able to show God's love in different ways and in different situations. Let's hope that sun keeps shining!
19 April 2017
Happy Easter! May you know new life and hope this Easter!
3 March 2017
Spring is nearly here! The days are that little bit longer and lighter and it's a good time to start thinking about spring cleaning! But it's not just our homes that need a clean. Our lives can be full of a lot of things which we need to sort out. Michael Hildago writes about Lent in this way: "Over time, our hearts and souls, when left unattended, get messy. Lent invites us to deal with the mess. This is not about quickly cleaning things up and pretending they were never there, nor is it about ignoring the mess. Lent invites to roll up our sleeves and sort through the debris of our lives."
As we think about this, we are currently running a Wellsprings Course for women looking at issues such as identity, self esteem, relationships, forgiveness. This is an opportunity for them to have real and honest discussion, and provides them with a catalyst for making some decisions to bring clarity and confidence in their lives. A deep clean like no other!
4 January 2017
I wonder how many of you went to see the Christmas blockbuster, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. I'm sure it was a popular Christmas treat for many! Carolyn had the opportunity to share some theological reflections on the film via the Evangelical Alliance. You can read her article by clicking here.
29 November 2016
How patient are you? The problem today is that we don’t like waiting, ours is the age of instant everything. Microwave meals, instagram, click & collect. But often the best things in life can’t be rushed.
Advent is about waiting. Advent is about perfect timing.
Waiting can be both positive and negative.
Our attitude to waiting and our willingness to wait depends very much on what we’re waiting for. What is negative waiting for you, the times when you wait with trepidation? Waiting for exam results, waiting for hospital test results, waiting for your teenager who still hasn’t come home at 2am? There can be some horrible waiting moments. However, can you think of some exciting waiting times? Waiting for a holiday, a child waiting for a birthday, waiting for the birth of a baby, or a wedding. We look forward with excitement, eagerly counting down the months, weeks, days. Whatever it is we’re waiting for can scarcely come soon enough. Instead of dread there’s anticipation, instead of resignation, hope, and though the waiting may seem forever, we’re more than happy to stick with it, confident it will be worth the wait. The thing we wait for transforms the present.
Isaiah 9:6 says this "For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace."
The people of Israel waited a long time that first advent. When Jesus came, the waiting was over.
God continues to promise to come to us, to hear our cries. Sometimes it can feel like we are waiting a long time for an answer or a fulfilment of a longing. But when we wait on the promises of God we can know that we are waiting confidently. Our waiting is not in vain. We never wait alone. The waiting is always perfect timing. And the waiting is always worth it.
Trust God as you wait this Advent. Draw close to God knowing that you do not have to wait alone. Allow the presence of God to transform your waiting.
9 November 2016
In October, Carolyn spoke at the national Sports Chaplaincy Conference. The theme was 'Inclusivity' and Carolyn focussed on the subject of women in sport and being a female chaplain. Being a woman in the world of sport has it's challenges. It is a world of sexualisation, a world of insecurity, a world of having to prove yourself, a world of inequality, a world of uniqueness & complexity. Far less women than men engage in sport and there are several reasons for this including fear of being judged, appearance, social confidence, low self esteem, expectation. But despite the challenges, this is also a world of immense passion, joy and friendship, and a world which is making great strides. We celebrate the progress that is being made and it is such a privilege to serve as a female chaplain in this sporting world.
Inclusivity can make us feel uncomfortable because it propels us to people who are not like us, forces us to perhaps adopt a different mindset, and challenges us to act rather than stay in our comfort zone. As followers of Jesus we believe in equality, we believe in unity. You cannot escape these values as you read the Bible and as you observe the life of Jesus. Therefore as disciples we need to be imitators of Christ. We need to go even one step further and set the example, set the bar. And in all things this has to come with love. As it says in Colossians 3:14 “And over all these virtues (compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness) put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.”
Soren Kierkegaard said “It is only in love that the unequal can be made equal, and it is only in equality or unity that an understanding can be effected.”
16 September 2016
A famous London nightclub, Fabric, is closing it's doors and it's caused an outcry from the clubbing community. What is a Christian's response to this? Here are a few thoughts from someone who met with God in a nightclub ....
15 July 2016
It's been a busy summer already! In June we took a team to Ibiza with 24-7 Prayer. We spent time helping to keep people safe on the streets at night, listening to them, praying with them and praying for the island. We love being a part of this work!
Then we went from sun to rain! In July we had our Love All Serve All team serving at Wimbledon tennis with the overnight queues in Wimbledon Park. We offered free refreshments, love, laughter and a listening ear. We prayed with many people and had a great team of 92 volunteers from 24 churches.
Our faith is an active faith, it causes us to follow where Jesus leads and prompts us to offer kindness and tell people of his love. Whether it's Ibiza or Wimbledon or anywhere else, the message is still the same.