Welcoming the olympics
All the Bells
Churches across the UK joined together on the first day of the Olympics by ringing their church bells to welcome the games.
At 8.12am on Friday 27 July LOCOG – the Olympic organisers – encouraged churches to ring their bells for three minutes as part of a special commission by the Turner Prize-winning artist and musician Martin Creed.
It was called “All the Bells” and in the Diocese of St Asaph parishes in Prestatyn and Bistre were among those who took part. Bistre prayed the prayer written by Bishop Gregory before ringing their bells.
The chance to get involved in “All the Bells” came on the final day of a 70-day Prayer Relay organised by “More Than Gold” – an organisation equipping Christians to get involved in the Games. Batons containing prayers have been handed over from community to community as the relay has followed the Olympic Torch around the UK. Individuals and churches have taken time to pray for the Games and those involved as well as their own communities as this relay has passed through.
Don’t forget Bishop Gregory has written a special prayer for the Olympics and the Paralympics – you can see it on the right.