The Commonwealth Games are being held in Birmingham (with a few events taking place in neighbouring Sandwell, Wolverhampton, Coventry and Warwick) from Thursday 28 July to Monday 8 August 2022 inclusive.
Churches in Birmingham have held a service of Praise at St Chad's Cathedral to welcome the Commonwealth Games to the city. You can read about this service here. A service, Blessing the Commonwealth, held at Gas Street Church with the World Prayer Centre can be found here.
A group of midlands Christian leaders has been meeting regularly over the last two years to collaborate concerning Christian involvement in the international gathering.
Read more about planned activities and events below
Queens Baton, Prayer Relay
The World Prayer Centre created a prayer diary to follow the Queens Baton as it travelled the Commonwealth. It may have arrived in Birmingham, but the prayer continues. To download part 2 of the prayer relay which takes you through to the 8th August, click here.
You can sign up to receive the prayer schedule by email.
It's a Penalty
The ‘It’s a Penalty’ campaign harnesses the power of sport to prevent the abuse, exploitation and trafficking of children globally. Discover more about the campaign and help to stop the scourge of human trafficking by visiting THIS FACEBOOK PAGE.
Sports Chaplaincy are working in partnership with Birmingham Churches Together in preparation for the Commonwealth Games and beyond. They have a heart to train up chaplains in every community sports club around Birmingham and the West Midlands before, during and after the Games.
Healing on the Streets, Healing Ministry Training Day
To sign up:
Special Commonwealth Games Prayer Watch
1st August, 8am -10am
336 Hours of Unbroken Prayer
Burn 247 are coordinating 336 hours of unbroken prayer throughout the period of the Commonwealth Games - get involved and offer and hour or several of prayer
Visit their Facebook page as some of the prayer is being streamed.
Playing your Part Newsletter - What are Churches organising ahead of and during the period of the Commonwealth Games
These newsletters are here as a resource for you, please share with your congregations and communities
- Playing your Part (May 2022)
- Playing your Part (April 2022)
- Playing your Part (March 2022)
- Playing your Part (February 2022)
'The Commonwealth Games Churches' Planning Group is chaired by Robert Mountford (Birmingham Churches Together). Its members come from historic Churches, Black-Majority Churches and new Churches; and from Christian organisations, from across the midlands – and further afield – who each bring a particular expertise to the table. Prior to the arrival of Covid-19, planning group meetings were held in central Birmingham on a monthly basis. Since the Spring of 2020, the meetings have been held via Zoom.
In order to expedite its business, the Churches’ Planning Group is operating through six themed groups:
- Young People and Apprenticeships
- Wellbeing and health
- Racial inequality
- Combatting human trafficking
- Church engagement and legacy
The members of the Commonwealth Games Churches’ Planning Group see the staging of the Games in the West Midlands as a God-given opportunity to pray, plan and work together in the lead-up to the Games in the summer of 2022. They are also praying that the cooperation will not end with the closing ceremony, but rather will lead to a new era of inter-Church understanding, respect, friendship and collaboration that will long outlast the Games and will result in blessing for the whole region.
To read more about the Vine Trust Group and Ladder for England Apprenticeship Campaign, click HERE. Information about KICK is available HERE. The Sports Chaplaincy UK website is HERE. Read more about Chaplaincy Plus HERE. Information about the Order of St Leonard can be found HERE. The First Class Legacy website is HERE. Desmond Jaddoo’s work is profiled on THIS WEBSITE. Read about the Time4Change movement and the ‘Birmingham Charter’ HERE. The Salvation Army’s extensive work to combat modern slavery is explained HERE. The Birmingham Churches Together website is HERE.