More than Gold
In the summer of 2012, the eyes of the world will be watching as some 15,000 athletes and 500,000 spectators descend on the capital for the Olympic Games.
It will be far more than a sporting event. Like many Christians living in Olympic host nations have discovered since the first contest in 1896, the Games present a unique and extraordinary opportunity to share something of the gospel.
That's why hundreds of churches across the UK are coming together under the More Than Gold banner to draw up a co-ordinated, strategic approach in preparation for the Games and to make sure they do not let the moment pass them by.
More Than Gold, of which the Alliance is a founding member, is an umbrella organisation representing the main denominations in the UK and bringing them together to help churches seize the opportunity that the Olympics provide. Its mission is to enable the Church to engage with the 2012 Games and help "thousands of churches to taste the excitement of reaching their community in fresh and ongoing ways in Jesus' name". More Than Gold also serves as an interface between the UK Church and the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG), headed up by Sebastian Coe.
There are a whole host of ways the campaign is urging Christians to engage with their communities before and during the Games. They can run holiday clubs for young people, for example, or sports tournaments and quizzes. More Than Gold also offers churches training and advice on running creative and performing arts programmes.
To find out more about what you or your church can do, visit the More Than Gold website.