July 2014 sees the start of the Commonwealth Games in Scotland. Communities, not just in the host city Glasgow, but across the whole country, will have the opportunity to contribute to the vibrant atmosphere, celebrate the achievements together and support the lasting legacy created by such an event.
The Christian community has been involved with the world’s major sporting events for over 40 years. Since the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, the collective efforts of churches and charities has had a unifying name – More Than Gold. Olympics, Paralympics and Commonwealth Games in subsequent years has seen More Than Gold present.
During the 2012 Olympic Games in London, churches gave over thirteen thousand hours of voluntary service, contributing three hundred ‘Games Pastors’ located at airports, train stations and key tourist sites, as well as distributing half a million bottles of water to visitors. Family members of athletes enjoyed more than two thousand nights of free hospitality with Christian hosts.
Whether you are located close to the Commonwealth Games venues or not, there are opportunities to create the festival atmosphere of the Games and implement outreach activities. The increased interaction with the community and other churches can enhance relationships and help draw more people closer to God and the Church.
During the countdown to the Games, we will be bringing you more details on More Than Gold.