Saturday, August 11, 2012
Future major sporting events to benefit from British churches’ 2012 Games experience
By Michael Ireland
Senior International Correspondent, ASSIST News Service
LONDON, UK (ANS) -- Future major sports events, like the World Cup and the Olympics, will benefit from the many lessons churches have learned during the 2012 London Olympic Games.
According to More Than Gold (www.morethangold.org.uk ) , in London this week is a delegation of more than forty church leaders from twelve of the nations where major sports events take place over the next few years. This includes a dozen from Brazil who are getting ready for the World Cup in two years’ time and the Olympics two years later.
More Than Gold UK Director Jon Burns said: “We don’t want the valuable lessons learned here over the past three years to go to waste.”
The week-long in-depth briefing includes representatives of churches, mission and Christian sports organizations from Brazil, Scotland, Canada, USA, Korea and Russia.
More Than Gold said the representatives will be visiting churches in action and being briefed on areas ranging from running community festivals, sports outreach, mission teams, social action and prayer to finance, operations and communications.
This is thanks to Fusion Youth and Community who have been at the heart of the festival program run by churches during the Games that has seen over half a million people attend.
While in the UK, Carla said she has been struck by the way mission volunteers have come from around the world to work among local churches to support festivals, kids holiday clubs, creative arts programs and sports clinics.
Carla said: “We have seen the impact when people come with skills and ideas from other nations. So we will really be encouraging our churches back home to be ready to receive them.”
Lorimer Gray, Chair of More Than Gold 2014 in Scotland, said: “Being here has given us the assurance that we are on the right track. We are also struck by the spread of denominational involvement and the unity of the More Than Gold 2012 team.”
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