Stepney Olympic training for the2012 volunteers
The Bishop of Stepney, the Rt Revd Adrian Newman, and the Archdeacon of Hackney, The Ven Rachel Treweek, joined over 100 young volunteers from the Stepney Area at St Paul’s Shadwell for a day of training and preparation for their participation in local community projects around this summer’s Olympics and Paralympics.
The Bishop opened the conference with a message of encouragement to all the delegates, and a prayer of blessing for the day. He was joined by well known Christian speakers and community organisers, including J. John and Tim Saiet, who led the attendees in seminars on living and sharing the Gospel.
The event is part of the2012, an initiative for Christians across London aged 13-35 which is gathering a collective of 2,012 young volunteers in the Olympic year.
Members of the2012 will serve on a variety of projects surrounding the Olympics & Paralympics and beyond, with examples ranging from simple acts of service such as giving out free cups of water to spectators to week-long commitments such as serving in parish holiday clubs for sports outreach to children.
All members of the2012 will be commissioned by the Bishop of London at the "London Calling" service at St Paul’s Cathedral on the 24 April. Tickets are available on the2012’s website.
The Bishop of Stepney, the Rt Revd Adrian Newman, said:
"At a time when negative stereotypes of young people abound, The2012 offers a different perspective, tapping in to the idealism, energy and commitment of young people to make a positive impact in their communities. I’m proud of the Christian vision that energises this youth movement, and the contribution it can make to London as a place of human flourishing in this Olympic year."