AS PREPARATIONS continue for the Olympic Games later this summer, a church from Land’s End is busy getting its A-Z out in preparation for its visit to Bracknell and Reading.
Members of the small chapel of Escalls had a vision to travel ahead of the Olympic Torch Relay, which leaves Land’s End on Saturday, May 19 and snakes its way across the whole of the British Isles en route to London for Friday, July 27.
It has hired an open-top bus to host local Christian bands and groups, who will play in rotation as the tour continues. The chapel is working in conjunction with More Than Gold for the initiative.
Organisers anticipate starting their tour of the flame’s route an hour before the flame itself.
“The aims of the bus are to give fun and encouragement, letting every man, woman and child know that God loves them,” says a statement on the Chapel’s website. “The instrument for this will be prayer and praise. It will not be part of the venture to argue or remonstrate. The Lord will let people know of His Love by the power of The Holy Spirit.”
The relay reaches Oxfordshire on Monday, July 9, before heading through Wallingford, Crowmarsh Gifford, Nettlebed, Bisham Abbey, Maidenhead, Windsor, Ascot and Bracknell on Tuesday, July 10. It arrives in Reading around 6pm, travelling through Whitley to the Madejski Stadium.
An evening celebration will be held in Reading later that evening, with the torch resting at the Madejski Stadium overnight.
The route then continues through the streets and suburbs of Reading and Caversham, before heading to Theale, Thatcham and Newbury on Wednesday, July 11.
The team are looking for help, including accommodation and storage for the bus overnight.
Churches can also help by offering stops for the bus and a cuppa for the team as it travels the nation.
If you could help, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For details, log on to www.thejourneyfromescalls.co.uk.