‘Finding God’ at the gym

by
15 December 2017

Write, if you have any answers to the questions listed at the end of this section, or to add to the answers given below

iStock

Your answers:

 

Can I find God at the gym?

Of course. The questioner can be helped in this by a new grouping of Sports Chaplains under the “Sports Chaplaincy UK” umbrella. There is an increasing number of chaplains working in gyms. He/she can find out more by looking on the SCUK website: sportschaplaincy.org.uk/.

(The Revd) Alan Wright
Barton on Humber

 

A more significant question could be: “Can God find us at the gym?” Or, like Adam or Jonah, are we hiding there, or running away from God?

Howard Reeve
Whitchurch, Cardiff

 

What may we deduce from the fact that the entire cricket team selected to play in Rome . . . for the Archbishop of Canterbury’s squad is composed entirely of Evan­gel­ical clergy/ordinands — just as it was in the games of 2014 and 2016 played at Canterbury?

Having had my bowling smashed into a neighbouring field on more than one occasion by Fr Rob Glenny while at Cuddesdon, I would question the assertion that the Archbishop’s XI all come from one theological pavilion — though, in the case of one looping full toss, the Divine Assistance did not appear to have remained with his wicket that afternoon. . .

(The Revd) Christopher Johnson
South Wigston, Leicester

 

Churchmanship at my parish church is high Anglo-Catholic. . . A stone tile has been set into the high altar, thus, if my understanding is correct, transforming it from a communion table into an altar in the Roman Catholic sense. Do these practices accord with canon law? [Answers, 17 November]

Many years ago, I was told that all RC altars must have a recess containing fragments of bone of martyrs. Perhaps the recess would be covered by a “tile”. Merely putting a tile on an altar to me seems rather pointless. If an Anglican church wishes to have some relics within the altar, should they be of Protestant martyrs?


John Duffy
Andover, Hampshire

 

Your questions:

 

“If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brothers, and sisters . . . he cannot be my disciple” (Luke 14.26). What would readers say to someone who insisted that, if those were the conditions, he could not possibly be Jesus’s disciple?

H. C.

 

Is it true that clergy abusing or berating their congregations from the pulpit was an aspect of the offence of brawling in a church? What could constitute such brawling? When did it die out?

A. B.

 

Address for answers and more questions: Out of the Question, Church Times, 3rd floor, Invicta House, 108-114 Golden Lane, London EC1Y 0TG.

questions@churchtimes.co.uk

We ask readers not to send us letters for forwarding, and those giving answers to provide full name, address, and, if possible, telephone number.

The Church Times Podcast

Interviews and news analysis from the Church Times team. Listen to this week’s episode online

Latest Cartoon

The Church Times Archive

Read reports from issues stretching back to 1863, search for your parish or see if any of the clergy you know get a mention.

FREE for Church Times subscribers.

Explore the archive

Subscribe now to get full access

To explore the Church Times website fully, please sign in or subscribe.

This January, non-subscribers can read up to thirty articles for free. (You will need to register.)