The Olympics are approaching fast! This week those who have applied for tickets find out if they are successful, albeit through their bank accounts suddenly emptying.
Details of the torch route have just been announced
http://www.london2012.com/games/olympic-torch-relay/where-is-the-olympic-flame-going/locations-by-region-and-date.php
Starting in Land’s End on the 19th of May 2012 the torch is making it’s way round the country, stopping at a different location every evening.It will be arriving near you at some point!
In previous Olympics churches and christians have become involved in practical and effective ways. In Atlanta in 1996, well over 20,000 Christians were involved in some aspect of the programmes through which; three quarters of the homes used for hosting athletes’ families were provided and over 3 million cups of cold water were given to spectators at no cost to the official organising committee.
In Sydney in the year 2000,110 sports clinics for disadvantaged young people were implemented by 85 churches with an attendance of over 2,500.

There is something in the More Than Gold’s tried and tested programme of radical Outreach, Hospitality and Service to meet the needs of every church, and individual Christian – whatever location or make up.

This includes –

•Providing volunteers for the Service and Hospitality programmes
•Engaging with your own community including through Guest Events, Sports Outreach and Creative Arts
•Linking hands with other churches to run Community Festivals and Hospitality Centres
Appoint your church Gold Champion

If we believe in community and outreach then this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to get involved and make a difference.
http://www.morethangold.org.uk/

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