More than Gold

More Than Gold

Olympic Medal

More Than Gold exists to enable Britain’s Christian communities to engage with the 2012 Games in the hope that churches will taste the excitement of reaching their wider communities in fresh and ongoing ways in Jesus’ name. 

More Than Gold was created in 1996 to help local churches develop partnerships to serve events. In 2007, More Than Gold was launched in Britain in the presence of Lord Coe, Tessa Jowell MP, Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor and Archbishop Rowan Williams. It has been established as a Charitable Trust under the chairmanship of Lord Brian Mawhinney.

To date, 15 denominations ranging from the Orthodox to the Seventh Day Adventists to the black-led independent churches are all jointly praying, planning and working to serve the 2012 Games under the banner of More Than Gold, with the Catholic Church being one of the first Christian communities to join the table.

More Than Gold is concentrating on 3 specific ways of making the most of the 2012 Games: community engagement, hospitality and service. These categories are broken down into a number of programmes as follows

Community Engagement and Outreach

  • Community Festivals: including Big Screen events, training and help
  • Youth and Children: making the Games relevant and fun for schools and clubs
  • Sports Mission and Guest Events: using sport, quizzes, etc to form and engage
  • Creative Arts: staging events with creative performers


  • Athlete Family Homestay: welcoming and caring for family members of athletes
  • Hospitality Centres: the main Catholic centres will be in Stratford and Westminster


  • Chaplaincy: providing chaplains to athletes and as Games Pastors to crowds
  • Torch Relay: finding the route, joining in and praying as the flame travels
  • Social Justice: celebrating the good and challenging the injustices that the Games bring
  • Volunteering: offering short, and longer, periods of time to getting involved

In 2012 it serves as an interface between LOCOG, the Games’ organising committee, and churches. However, More Than Gold programmes have no official relationship with LOCOG.


Big Screen Guide

Big Screen Guide.pdf 116.19 kB

A guide to the practical and technical aspects of using a big screen for broadcast at large-scale events. 


Disability-Friendly Festivals

Disability_Friendly_Festival.pdf 97.04 kB

A festival is about engaging, serving, celebrating and equipping a community to see what a community can be. That includes making sure everyone feels welcome.


Stations of the Cross

MTG-lent-stations.pdf 728.45 kB

These Stations of the Cross, compiled by Rev David A Brinn, focus on five social justice issues. Five characters journey to Calvary. Like Christ, they are condemned even though they are innocent.