Although the vast majority of people would identify my role with The New Saints FC as a media one – and rightfully so, as it is very much a front-line function – nevertheless there is also another title that I hold at the club. From the early days of my involvement, I was appointed the chaplain.
Most people know me as ‘Rev’, rather than my name, and for those who aren’t aware, the former is because I am actually an ordained minister, as opposed to a random nickname.
Prior to working for The New Saints, I was involved full-time in church and charity work, something that has touched the majority of my adult life. It has also taken me to almost thirty nations around the world, everywhere from the USA to Uganda, Canada to Cote D’Ivoire.
Although I went through a career change when the world of football came knocking, nevertheless my previous life, although very much now a shadow of its former self, hasn’t disappeared completely. I’ve still been able to run Tipton Family Church, where I’ve been for many years, and as we just have a Sunday morning service, that suits me fine.
In addition, the role of club chaplain, although very much a behind-the-scenes ministry, still rumbles along. As a member of Sports Chaplaincy UK, and in particular the Wales side of things, it’s really encouraging to see a lot of what’s going on in a very practical way around the country.
One of the things that I am occasionally asked by people in a wider context at The New Saints – and that’s where the title comes from – is, “Can you say one for me?”
This will often lead to further conversation, and that’s where I’m heading in this week’s Rev’s Ramblings. These are very uncertain times for all of us, and sometimes we may want someone to ‘say one for me’, or perhaps just chat, even if it’s only by email.
The lead image was taken this morning at the aforementioned Tipton Family Church. We let people know in advance that there wasn’t a service (in line with other churches, we’ve closed our doors for now) but just in case anyone did turn up, my wife and I went along so they would have contact with someone. As it happened, a lady who we had never met before, did visit, which was great.
In addition, I’ve been posting regular Rev’s Reflections on my own personal website, and due to the troubled times in which we currently find ourselves, I intend to increase the frequency of those. In whatever way we can, the more we can help, encourage and stand by each other, the better.
Rev’s Ramblings is my weekly TNS FC blog, written from a personal perspective, following my adventures with the champions of Wales. Read past entries HERE