2012 Olympics

Oral Answers to Questions — Church Commissioners – in the House of Commons at 10:30 am on 24th November 2011.

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Photo of John Mann John Mann Labour, Bassetlaw 10:30 am, 24th November 2011

How many churches plan to hold community celebrations for the London 2012 Olympics.

Photo of Tony Baldry Tony Baldry The Second Church Estates Commissioner

The ecumenical organisation More than Gold has been set up to help churches to engage with the Olympics. There are more than 400 Church of England More than Gold champions, which means that more than 400 churches are already organising activities using More than Gold resources.

Photo of John Mann John Mann Labour, Bassetlaw

Would it not be appropriate for churches across the country to follow the magnificent lead of the joint churches in Bassetlaw, who are at the heart of preparing Olympic participatory activities, and are inviting the community into church grounds so that the Olympics can be fully and actively celebrated?

Photo of Tony Baldry Tony Baldry The Second Church Estates Commissioner

That is a fantastic example by the church in Bassetlaw, and I hope that every church will replicate it in all sorts of ways, such as by providing volunteers for the Olympics and hospitality programmes, hosting one of the many mission teams that are coming from overseas to help to give extra impact to activities, and linking hands with other churches to run community festivals and hospitality centres. I very much hope that every church in England will consider how they can use the Olympics as an opportunity to engage with the wider community.