Weymouth and Portland churches and the 2012 Games
'Refresh 2012' - 6 weeks of outreach together
Around 20 churches, of various traditions and denominations, in Weymouth and Portland are involved in a 6 week festival
called Refresh 2012. Other churches are involved too.
Visit their website at www.refresh2012.org.
Not to be confused with the commercial 'Bayside Festival' which went into liquidation (where the churches were on hand to help see news), Refresh 2012 is a community based program for all ages.
First 2 weeks of the 2012 Games
Under the headline 'Thinking of you', teams of volunteers in various churches have a varied program of events which includes the following during the first 2 weeks of the 2012 Games:
holiday clubs for children
Jesus - 'living water' meditations
kite making workshop
Photos - 'Finding the Cross' in Weymouth / Portland
social action exhibition
Songs of Praise
TV - live coverage of the Games
youth outreach teams
Water and New Testaments
Next Wave outreach
After the first 2 weeks of the 2012 Games, Refresh 2012 continues with an outreach program geared for young adults. The Next Wave is an initiative in partnership with Youth with a Mission, who are bringing a ship to the harbour from which outreach events are to be held. Visit the Next Wave website here.
From 24-27thAugust a Beach Festival will be held with evangelist Andrew Palau speaking alongside a number of featured bands you can see on the poster >>>>
During the Paralympic Games, the churches will be engaged in a wide variety of community networks, especially with organisations concerned with the disability, as well as with visitors and local people during the Paralympic Games.
Chris Briggs is the Superintendant Minister of the Portland Methodist Circuit and one of the coordinators of Refresh 2012. Chris said the outreach was ongoing, as illustrated by the 1,300 hot dogs and bacon sandwiches given away to the crowds watching the Olympic Torch Relay when it came through Portland at 7 O'clock in the morning. That happened before the main Refresh 2012 program started - and lots more is planned for when the main 6 weeks of Refresh 2012 are over. Anni Douglas has been employed part time to coordinate the churches response, and she is employed for a further 12 months to work on the legacy of all the work the churches have done together.
is the County Ecumenical Officer for Dorset, and one of the people who has seen through the process of coordinating Refresh 2012 from the beginning. Val says, 'it is great to see the churches in Weymouth and Portland working together like this. I am pleased that they are also going to look seriously at the legacy of this program over the next 12 months to see how they can build on the great work they have done together so far'.
Ben Moss is a Methodist youth worker who was working with all the churches from a base at the Baptist church, said, 'it is a privilage to be working ecumenically for the unity of the churches in outreach, adding, 'at the Ministers breakfasts there is a definite sense of unity from the top - Refresh 12 is brilliant in seeing that unity work out in action.'
Jim Currin is Secretary for Evangelisation at Churches Together in England and visted Refresh 2012 to see and hear what was being done. Jim says, 'Refresh 2012 is a great example of how churches of various traditions can work together for a common purpose. I was struck by the number of projects and volunteers; the readiness of everyone to serve and help other people; Christians from one church working in another; the many references to the regular ministers breakfasts; the commitment from churches to a part time appointment; the integration of Refresh 2012 in the ongoing mission and ministry; the vision to consider the legacy of Refresh 2012 - as well as al the opportunities to share the good news of the Gospel during the embracing Refresh 2012 program of events'.
Other churches in Weymouth and Portland are also open and engaged in serving the community during the 2012 Games, while the Refresh 2012 program is based around hubs. Each has a web link below:
Link to website for the church in Weymouth and Portland
Link to website for Refresh 2012
Link to website for More than Gold