Bishop's Message: A Game of Two Halves

26th May 2021

The obvious sports comment, above, applies as much to the Commonwealth Games as to a football match.

There is growing excitement across the West Midlands in anticipation of 28 July-8 August 2022. Preparations are well underway and I encourage close attention to the invitation to Volunteer, now widely advertised www.birmingham2022.com 

For over 18 months an ecumenical, diverse group of Christians has been meeting to consider the opportunities for service that CG 2022 offers. 

We have thought of these in five themes: Bringing people together; Improving health and well-being; Helping the Region to grow and succeed; Being a catalyst for change; Putting Birmingham, West Midlands and the Commonwealth on the map.

Work streams in each of these areas are underway involving specific sports initiatives; chaplaincy; local welcome; mental health; physical activity; modern slavery. 

These are designed to link all the excitement and planning with a lasting legacy for the people of Birmingham and the West Midlands. If you would like to know more visit the Birmingham Churches Together website or contact Helena Moss

The first half of CG2022 will be played in just over a year’s time. Will you be part of the preparations and of the second half, as the inspiration of over 5000 athletes from some 72 countries bears fruit across our Region for years to come?