More Than Gold - 2012 Games
The olympics and the paralympics are the biggest peace-time
event in the world. Athletes from 205 different countries are
expected to compete in 26 olympic sports and 20 paralympics sports
in 34 different venues across Britain in 2012.
"To use the power of the Games to inspire change" is a vision
that we as Christians can say 'amen' to. Creating inspirational
Games that will involve everyone provides a tremendous opportunity
to create a force for good in society. It will extend the hand of
friendship and encourage long-term participation in sport and
cultural activity across the UK
More Than Gold
The Methodist Church is a sponsor of More Than Gold, which
was set up as a one-stop-shop to help churches make the most of the
Olympic and Paralympic Games through programmes of outreach,
hospitality and service.
More Than Gold has united the Christian community for the
world's major sporting events since the 1996 Atlanta Games. It has
the support of all the main denominations and over 60 Christian
organisations and agencies.
Your local church needs a Gold Champion, could it be
By having their own Gold Champion (Church Representative) a
church can keep up to date with information on More Than
Gold 's activities and resources. A Gold Champion's role is to
- Relay information from More Than Gold to their church
- Link with other Gold Champions in their area to share ideas,
plans and opportunities
- Help plan their church's own More Than Gold Weekend a year from
the Games' opening
Gold Champions receive their own dedicated eNews update, On
Track , and invitations to special briefings so they are
always in touch and can share ideas and information with each
If you would like to sign up as a Gold Champion, please email Games@methodistchurch.org.uk
Finding out more
Listen to the podcast
Media Officer Karen Burke interviewed Dave Wilson, CEO of More
Than Gold, to find out how Churches are gearing up for the 2012
Watch the video
Visit the More
Than Gold website and learn how your church can make the most
of the 2012 Olympic Games
More Than Gold is working to support the objectives of LOCOG,
the organising committee of the Games. However, our programmes have
no official relationship with LOCOG or endorsement from them other
than our Athlete Family Homestay programme, which has been awarded
their Inspire mark.
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Singing the Faith: Olympic Hymns and
Buns on the bus
A hospitality bus will be touring
the Districts to coincide with the arrival of the Olympic torch.
Can you help?
District Prayer Symbols
Could you design one for your district?
Publicise your event -
and get help with organisation
The coming of the Games in 2012 provides a
golden opportunity, no, a requirement, for a richer, deeper, more
embodied Christian witness to Christ. Let's not miss it!
If 'what are we going to do to mark the Olympics
and Paralympics?' is not already on your next Church meeting
agenda, please put it on!
Reverend Dr Martyn Atkins
General Secretary of the Methodist Church in Britain