Sports and wellbeing-focused pilot projects like fitness classes and holiday football clubs are rolling out across seven dioceses as part of the new push into sports ministry.
In Gloucester Diocese, plans are underway to launch a network of sport and wellbeing centres that will offer sporting activities while also inviting people to explore the Christian faith.
Churches in the Diocese of Blackburn are planning sports quizzes, fitness classes and holiday sports schemes.
The Bishop of Derby, Libby Lane, has been appointed as the Church of England’s lead bishop for sport to take the plans forward.
“Sport is such a valued and valuable part of our lives: shaping our identity, contributing to our economy, offering opportunities for societal and personal development,” Bishop Lane said.