Over the next few months the world’s gaze will be upon London as the 30th modern Olympic Games gets underway. Starting on 19th May the Olympic torch will traverse the country in readiness for the opening ceremony in July. The symbol of the Olympic Flame can be traced back to ancient Greece and a fire that burned constantly in Olympia. According to mythology this was to commemorate the theft of fire from the Greek god Zeus by Prometheus.
For Christians the image of fire reminds us of the flames that appeared on the heads of the apostles on the day of Pentecost as the Holy Spirit came upon them. This event marked the birth of the church and the fulfilment of promises from God that everyone who calls on the name of the Lord would be saved. Traditionally Pentecost is celebrated 50 days after Easter and this year falls on 27th May.
To celebrate these two events Life Church and St John’s Church are partnering with our friends from Miracle Street for the ‘Catch the Flame’ weekend. On the Saturday afternoon we shall be holding a family fun day in Hartletts Park with an Olympic theme. This will be followed on the Sunday afternoon by an open air celebration of Pentecost, also in Hartletts Park. We hope that you will join us for these exciting events as together we ‘Catch the Flame’
This blog post featured in the May 2012 edition of Hook Focus