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10 June 2014

Churches to go for golf

Churches to go for golf

The Christian Golf Society (CGS) has announced a new partnership for CGS National Church Golf Cup 2014. Alliance member, Christian Vision for Men (CVM), is joining with them to encourage more churches than ever before to stage outreach golf days this year.

The winner of each church golf day will get the opportunity to represent their church at a grand finals day, to battle it out for the prestigious title of CGS national church golf cup champion. The final will be on 31 August 2014 in picturesque Oxfordshire.

Golf days are relaxed and enjoyable, providing opportunities to make new golfing acquaintances. Organised by churches and individuals from across the UK, they are designed specifically for Christians and their golfing mates who don't regularly attend church but who do love a round of golf.

Cup co-ordinator Mark Blythe says: "Golf is a great sport for outreach, It's a simple way to spend quality time with non-Christian friends. Church golf days could be just a four-ball or a big event with a meal and speaker. Why not get your church and friends out on the golf course this season?"

As well as the game, each golf day could involve a meal and an after dinner speaker who will share a bit about themselves and the positive impact their Christian faith has on their life. Organisers encourage churches to invite speakers with a passion for the game or sport in general.

CVM aims to encourage men to follow Christ by helping churches to provide an environment where this can more easily happen. Carl Beech, a church leader and CVM's general director said: "We are working hard to equip the Church with tools and resources that will make church a great place for husbands, future husbands, sons and friends.  Simple as that.  We don't want a Church dominated by men or male characteristics nor do we want to make church a 'men's club', but just a place where men can be gripped and excited by Jesus".

Jeremy Geake, marketing and communications director at CVM said: "We are really pleased to be linking up with the Christian Golf Society (CGS) in promoting The National Golf Cup. Sport is a great way for men to build friendships with each other and we hope that through this competition and partnership many guys will see their un-churched mates take a step closer to knowing Jesus".

Although CGS is partnering with a men's organisation, women are more than welcome to enter into the national cup.

Churches must register by 1July www.christiangolfsociety.org.uk