Saturday, 22 March 2014

The boxing vicar in Bermondsey

Twenty four men sat down for a full English at St James's this morning to hear the Reverend Peter Allen, aka the Boxing Vicar, talk about his work as a sports chaplain in Sheffield at our latest men's breakfast.

Some people come to faith slowly. Some people have a dramatic overnight conversions, like Paul on the road to Damascus, or like Pete, a twenty-year old scalliwag working in a Sheffield greengrocer's who had a life changing encounter with Jesus Christ.

Since then he's had a passion to share the Gospel with others. That led to training with the Church Army, ordination in the CofE, and his work amongst the sporting community in Sheffield, including professional football and, as we heard today: boxing.

There used to be an advert about the beer that reaches the parts other beers cannot reach. Pete has moved on from Sheffield now but the sports ministry he began continues, reaching the parts of the community that church usually doesn't reach

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