British Adventists Prepare for Olympic Witness
READY TO WITNESS: Members of the “Live London” team of Seventh-day Adventists pose outside the Olympic Stadium in May 2011. More than 10,000 Adventists in and around London are preparing to witness during what is expected to be Britain’s
largest-ever sporting event.en thousand tickets may have been oversold for synchronized swimming at the 2012 London Olympics, but the more than 10,000 members of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in the London area are gearing themselves up to synchronize their witnessing and community activities to coincide with the greatest sporting event that Britain will have ever seen.
Among the Adventists already committed to volunteer during the Olympics is Richard Daly, pastor of the Croydon church. As part of the chaplaincy team his role will involve working with the athletes, stewards, and other volunteers of a Christian faith to provide worship services, prayer, and Bible study in the Olympic Village and other venues in the Olympic Arena. He said, “As a former athlete, and one who competed at national level, it is a privilege to combine my joy of sports and my calling as a minister. Above all it is a privilege to represent my church.” He adds that he is delighted to know that the Seventh-day Adventist Church is represented along with the usual mainstream churches of the UK in this position.
Colin Stewart is the Adventist representative on the “Going for Gold” organizing committee. He states that there are many ways that churches and individuals can get involved.
Sam Davis, South England Conference president, said, “We cannot go through 2012 and miss the largest cultural party right on our doorstep—the 2012 London Olympics.”