05 July 2011

Lord Mawhinney fires up Methodists for the 2012 Olympics

The Rt Hon Lord Mawhinney Kt told the Methodist Conference that the 2012 Games will be a once in a lifetime opportunity for Churches to engage in the largest logistical event in peacetime Britain.

Speaking at the Southport Theatre and Convention Centre today, the chairman of More Than Gold backed the Methodist Church's response to the Olympics and Paralympics. Lord Mawhinney said that next year will provide the single biggest opportunity for people to see what Jesus can do in communities.

"The Olympics creates an opportunity for all of us in our communities," said Lord Mawhinney, former cabinet minister and current Honorary President of the Football League. "It will provide a once in a lifetime opportunity for churches, either separately or together, to serve their local communities thereby witnessing to the power of the Christian Gospel. Next year this country is going to be totally bombarded with sport. The choice is not complicated: either be part of it or barricade yourself off from the rest of the country for a few months. And we don't do barricades as Christians. More Than God's job is to inspire, encourage and train church workers. We are facilitators. We are going to make it happen."

Ish Lennox, Olympic and Paralympic Coordinator for the Methodist Church, is a member of the More Than Gold executive; the umbrella group for Christian outreach during the Games. "Now is the time for churches to get involved in what's happening," she said. "Churches need to appoint a Gold Champion to find out all the latest news and there are lots of resources out there that can help. The Games are an exciting mission and discipleship opportunity that we cannot afford to miss. The Shetland district is already engaged and they are the furthest from any of the Olympic venues - other districts can engage too as the Games take place across the country."

Gold Champions act as a link between More Than Gold and churches. They receive dedicated eNews updates and invitations to briefings. People can sign up to become Gold Champions by emailing Games@methodistchurch.org.uk and find out about resources via the More Than Gold resources website. 

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