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Paralympic Games - outreach

The achievements of the world’s Paralympians have inspired millions and many churches are using the celebrations to draw their community together.  Churches across the UK and in London are using the opportunity to shine for Jesus through practical outreach and evangelism.  Community spirit and patriotism has been raised as the torch has been taken to every corner of the country, thousands of tourists flocked to the capital to watch the Games and now the Paralympic glory.

Churches throughout the whole of the UK have continued doing more in mission together in many forms, using the Olympics and Paralympics as an opportunity to celebrate at the heart of their communities. The Olympic and Paralympic Games were the theme for thousands of summer fun days and children’s holiday clubs this year, Paralympic parties, community cafes. Many churches have been gathering at big screens or screening the sporting events themselves.

The Aylesbury Church Network held a free Paralympics opening night community festival at Stoke Mandeville Stadium, the birthplace of the Paralympic movement. Churches led the way, bringing organisations, adults and children of different abilities together to take part and have fun. Over 200 volunteers and 3,000 people took part trying Paralympic sports, and enjoying a multi-sensory zone, art and crafts, a free BBQ and a giant screen for the ceremony. Paralympic Opening festival story
 
Churches in Stratford have continued their open-air activities of the Olympics for the Paralympics: one church is focusing on sporting events, another on hospitality; one is providing a large screen to show Games; others are planning services, concerts and children’s activities. Ultimate Gold is based from St Johns Church.

Many Christians have opened their homes to athletes’ families through the More than Gold homestay programme. Many are volunteering during the Games, some joining the large teams of Games Pastors and Chaplains.

There are hundreds of other examples of events and projects and acts of kindness happening in conjunction with London 2012. So far More than Gold has recorded over 600 different events organised in the whole of the UK. Let us know what you have been doing with your local churches or if you plan to celebrate in a unique way in your community.

Run the Race resources were used as programmes for holiday clubs and daily readings for individuals
A fun day was held in Hampstead Norreys, on 3rd Sept, called Get Set which included Childrens' clubs
A big holiday club for senior citizens took place last weekin Barnet
A Paralympic Party in Romford Baptist Church took place to celebrate and support disability groups.
A Paralympic Community Cafe is being held this week, concluding with the closing ceremony  - organised by North Breckland YFC
Family Fun day and community picnic in the Park in Hillsborough
A special stage version of Chariots of Fire by Searchlight Theatre Company

More than Gold Paralympic and Olympic outreach and event list  


Lucy Cooper, 07/09/2012



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