26On Saturday 26 March there will be an all-day event looking ahead to and preparing for the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics.

Coming to Thurrock will be Jon Burns (left), UK Director of More Than Gold, the Christian organisation working to raise awareness across the church about the 2012 Games and promote outreach using the Games as a background theme.

Share Jesus International specialise in helping churches in areas to put on community festivals. They will be doing an interactive seminar to inspire and equip people.

Watch this space for confirmation of the venue for this event.

from More Than Gold
MoreThanGoldCan you help us get the word out?
Thanks for all you are doing to get the word out to your church as a Gold Champion. But could you possibly go one step further? Please.
It would make our day if you could share More Than Gold with one other church in your area. Perhaps you could do even more. Because that’s what it is going to take if as many as possible are to seize this once in a lifetime opportunity.
If you need links with a local church or three then we can make the introduction. Just email us at goldchampion@morethangold.org.uk and we’ll do the rest.
Come on. What an opportunity to help others get ready to run.

The clock is ticking so here’s a plan
By the time you get this there will only be about 20 months to go to the Games. Months that will race by. So here are some suggested milestones to help you keep your planning on track.

Now: Make sure your church leaders see the Get Ready to Run DVD and begin praying and planning

By Easter: At least have your first thoughts in place about what your church will do – themselves and with others. Including –

  • How you will mark the ‘a year to go’ weekend
  • What opportunities you will take to try something in 2011 – like an event round the FA Cup Final or Champions League Final, or a sports quiz

May/June: Come to the ‘On Your Marks’ event nearest you for the latest news and to explore key programmes in depth. Bring others with you too.

Autumn: Nail down specific plans and allocate responsibilities

October/November: Make sure the right people are at the relevant in-depth ‘Get Set’ training events for key programme activities


Back in your area May/June
More Than Gold is on the road again in May and June – coming to somewhere near you with the latest information and an in-depth look at three key programme areas.
Please be sure to be there and to bring others with you. It is a vital part of getting your church ready to run.
You’ll be able to catch up on the latest news – of which there is no shortage. And get detailed look at –
The Torch Relay: How it will impact your community and the part your church can play
Community Festivals: Why, how, and who can help
Sports outreach: The choice for the young and the not so nimble alike, and the resources on tap
We are coming to Kent, Bristol, the South Coast, Birmingham, Stoke, Oxford, Manchester, Cambridge, Redhill, Leeds, Nottingham, Welling, Wimbledon and Chiswick.
The dates are May and June, neatly working round the May half-term. With specific details of dates and venues out in a few weeks.

You might like to know – in case anyone asks
If you are wondering how big the Games will be, here are a few numbers to get your head round –

The Olympic Games

  • 26 sports
  • 34 venues
  • 7.7 million tickets
  • 10,500 athletes
  • 205 countries represented
  • 17 days of competition
  • 7,500 team officials

logo-paraThe Paralympic Games

  • 20 sports
  • 21 venues
  • 1.5 million tickets
  • 4,200 athletes
  • 162 countries represented
  • 11 days of competition
  • 2,300 team officials

Don’t forget, help is at hand
We’ve made it as simple as possible for you to do get the word out through: –

  • Our DVD, Get Ready to Run – download or request DVD
  • Print-off sheets to download from our website covering Outreach, Hospitality and Service
  • PowerPoint slides to download at Gold Champion Resources – a section of the web site not visible to others

And if you need more do ask and we’ll do what we can. Just send an email to info@morethangold.org.uk

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