I have received a question from a Mrs Trellis of North Wales (Ok, the question is genuine but not the name) and it runs exactly like this …..
"I would be interested to know how Youthblog readers approach the perennial problem for parents of children wanting to play sport on a Sunday morning when their parents perhaps feel they should be going to church. In my case my eldest son (who is 10 in March â€“ yr 5) would like to play rugby. However Rugby is not played at his school and all junior rugby is played on a Sunday morning. Hence the dilemma.This also applies to junior football leagues and other sports.Some parents i know approach this problem by alternating between church and the sport. I would be interested to know what other readers think"
I’m not sure whether you see yourself as ‘Youthblog readers’ as it sounds a bit serious? However switching to theological and reflective mode ….. and considering what you say to parents and young people, lets have some pithy, short but thoughtful answers. I know there will be a whole RANGE of opinions on this one so please don ‘t get into either attack or defence, just lay out a considered piece of advice please! (no bonus points for using words like ‘contextualise’ or ecclesiologically’)
(PS I REALLY like the idea of a ‘Problem Page’ on Youthblog, do e-mail questions whether silly, e.g, should all male youthworkers have goaties? or serious ones, e.g, the above)