Sunday 9th June 2019 saw Portchester Castle fill up with Christians, tourists and the local public to experience a unique gathering of churches from across the south of Hampshire and Isle of Wight. Following ten days of collective prayer in different churches across Portsmouth, this finale caught a day’s break from the showers, as the sun looked down on the Pentecost celebration, complete with Spirit in Sport’s special pop-up Sports Camp.

Hosted by the Diocese of Portsmouth and replicated across the UK and wider world, Christians came together to pray for people to come into a personal relationship with Jesus Christ; for every sphere of our lives and society; and for every area across the region.

Praying for loved ones, for Sports and Leisure, and for Portsmouth, we knew we were in the right place!

Our pop-up Sports Camp was pitched up next to a whole range of prayer tents from healing to iconography, on the castle fields. Complete with volunteers Ben, Sam, Lydia, and Scott, as well as Andy and team leader Chris, we brought a mix of sport skills and team games to the event.

Children of all ages came together to have fun and be put to the test, as well as being invited for an end of games debrief and devotional. We also manned a stall to inform the public about what we do, and answer questions and register interest around volunteering and internships, how we can equip churches with Sports ministry, and about our Sports Camp provision.

Thanks for this, boys loved it and set up a course in the garden when we came back! Really great to hear the work you’re doing – how can we donate and if you ever work in Southampton we’d love to know.

– Mary, parent of participant, Southampton.

As part of the main event, which included worship and prayer time, our very own Sam was invited to the stage to share ‘Stories about people coming to faith in Jesus’. As well as Sam, we heard from a lady who had been prayed for by a friend over the past year, and an elderly man whose life-changing journey started with a recent Alpha course.

The experience of united prayer gave us great joy as well as a feeling of a good day’s work for God well done, and a hunger for more in the future.

With all the equipment safely back in Somerstown, and hundreds of flyers given out, we believe that Thy Kingdom certainly came, and is coming!

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