Wondering how to vote in European elections in May?” ask Churches

european electionsChurches are urging people to vote in the upcoming European Parliament elections in May and have produced a document outlining important issues for the election with the aim of boosting turnout and encouraging people to reflect on their vote.

 

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moderators planting poppiesThe United Reformed Church is encouraging churches across the three nations to plant white and red poppy seeds during Holy Week, as symbols of peace and remembrance with the hope that they will bloom on or around 4 August, the 100 year commemoration of the declaration of the First World War.

 

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You may not have been lucky in the first round allocation of Olympics tickets, but there’s still time to reserve a guaranteed seat at More than Gold’s On Your Marks tour! Reserve your place today and learn how your church can make the most of the mission and communication opportunities that the 2012 Games will bring.

More than Gold is the ecumenical umbrella organisation coordinating the Christian community’s involvement with the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, and it’s on the road again this month, taking its On Your Marks roadshow to 13 towns and cities across England. 

The evening events (7pm refreshments for 7.30pm presentation) will focus on three key programme areas designed to give practical help to churches wanting to make the most of the Games in reaching their community. The three areas are:• 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: How to reach all ages, and access the available resources.

The United Reformed Church is working closely with More than Gold, and strongly recommends that URC members interested in maximising the opportunities presented by the 2012 Games attend their local event.  Francis Brienen, the URC’s secretary for mission and URC member of the More than Gold’s executive, says: “I really recommend that URC ministers and members looking to use the Olympics and Paralympic Games to reach out to their local communities attend one of these More than Gold events. The feedback we’ve had so far has been overwhelmingly positive: they’re a great way to start engaging with the opportunities – go, if you can!”

The roadshow will visit the following locations: 6 June:  Stratford; 7 June:  Bristol; 8 June: Weymouth; 9 June: Worthing; 13 June:  Chelmsford; 16 June: Birmingham; 20 June: Leeds; 21 June: Manchester, 22 June: Leicester and Newcastle; 23 June: Cambridge: 28 June: London; 30 June: Nottingham.

For more information and to reserve your place visit http://www.morethangold.org.uk/your-church/on-your-marks-tour.html