The Methodist Church in Britain is encouraging people to take part in the Olympic and Paralympic celebrations as the 100 day countdown to the start of the Games begins today.
Preparations for the 2012 Olympics are well under way. A Methodist church in Cornwall is coordinating a nationwide Praise Bus which will travel ahead of the official Olympic procession. Musicians will perform from the top of a half-open double-decker bus as it embarks on a 70 day journey from Lands End to the Olympic Stadium on 19 May 2012.
Christine Bonfield from Escalls Methodist Chapel in Cornwall commented: “This is a wonderful opportunity for people to sing their faith. We still need musicians from across the country to get involved. People can find out more from our website.”
Ish Lennox, Olympic and Paralympic Coordinator for the Methodist Church, added: “Today is a really exciting day. The 2012 Games coming to our nation is a great opportunity for the Church to move beyond its walls and engage with the local community. Every church can do something, the Methodist Church is working with More Than Gold to make sure that churches are resourced and equipped for this historical moment.”
The Methodist Church has produced a resource to reach out to people aged 65 or older by offering them the chance to enjoy a holiday experience within their own local community.
The resource booklet, priced at £10 (plus postage and packaging), contains the ideas and inspiration for hosting such an event and can be ordered from Methodist Publishing by going to www.methodistpublishing.org.uk.
There is also the opportunity for people to host an athlete’s family by providing hospitality for eight days or more for up to two guests.
The Methodist Church is one of the largest Christian churches in Britain, with nearly 241,000 members and regular contact with over 580,000 people. It has 5,237 churches across the country, and also maintains links with other Methodist churches totalling a worldwide membership of 70 million.
* More Than Gold’s website contains information about how to apply to be a host. Find out more here: http://methodist-news.org.uk/BVI-RSFE-35NNYU-AQ9MF-1/c.aspx