Churches get into the OLympic spirit

Churches across Nottinghamshire are lining up some topical programmes to tie in with the Olympics this summer, starting with various sport and Olympic themed children’s holiday clubs next week.

Some of the other events being organised include big screen showings of the opening ceremony on Friday 27th July and sports quizzes and fun days during the coming weeks.

The Bishop of Sherwood, the Rt Rev Tony Porter said: “I’m delighted that our churches are supporting their local communities as they engage with the Olympic Games. It isn’t all about running events or competing, it’s the taking part and making friends in our communities that is so important and I’m pleased that many churches are joining in with what is happening across the county as we come together for this incredible international sporting event.”

Many churches have been gearing up to the opening of the Games with sports themed evenings and special welcomes for the Olympic torch as it has passed through. Olympic themed holiday clubs have been organised for both children and older people, while several churches are opening up to welcome in the community for big screen showings of the opening ceremony.

Southwell Minster will be welcoming people in for their own big screening of the ceremony from 7- 10.30pm in the Nave, admission is free and refreshments will be available.

Diocesan Sport Ambassador, Tim Friend said: “I’m excited about the Games coming to the UK next week, not least because I’ve got tickets to the athletics relay finals! I’ve never been to an athletic event with more significance than my own school sports day and I can’t wait to experience the atmosphere, watching the fastest men and women in the world competing against each other.

I’m pleased that our local churches are taking the Games seriously too, engaging with the energy surrounding the event, opening their doors to welcome guests who are interested in the Olympics and Paralympics at some level. It’s important that our churches know how to engage relevantly with the big topics that their communities are interested in. It’s through doing this that we can share something of the Gospel through the culture around us.”

Some of the churches involved are listed below with forthcoming events and many other churches are also running their annual children’s holiday clubs across the summer holidays:

Carlton-in-Lindrick

St John’s – Sports quiz and all age services with sporting theme

Chilwell, Nottingham

Christchurch – Olympic themed summer holiday services from 22nd July

Newark

Christchurch – Crazy golf open weekends – 21st & 22nd July

Nottingham

Bestwood Park Church – Messy church holiday club from 24th, 25th and 27th July

Nottingham

St Andrew’s - Big screening of the opening ceremony 27th July

Olympic pub quiz – Nag’s Head 22nd July

Retford

St Saviour’s – children’s holiday club – Olympic theme – 23rd – 27th July

Southwell

Holy Trinity – Big Screen event on 27th July

Olympic themed chidlren’s holiday club from 23rd – 27th July

Older person’s holiday club

Sport exchange stall on the Market Square

Southwell Minster – Big screen showing of the opening ceremony – open to all the community – and refreshments served all evening from 7-10.30pm

Wilford Hill

St Paul’s – Flag making day and sport in the park event

Sports quiz in September