All Souls Church, Langham Place, opened its doors to London’s West End during the Olympics. From the end of July to 12 August, the church was open for all to come and watch the Olympics, reaching out to people in their own languages with personal witness about the gospel.
The church set up big screens and a sports café in the John Nash-designed building, offering free non-alcoholic drinks and light snacks, many of which were provided by local businesses, including the Scandinavian Kitchen, La Bottega del Caffe and Gelato Mio.
For the musical, there were Sunday celebrations of Psalms and Songs, and lunchtime concerts; there was also a small exhibition about the international makeup of the people at All Souls — with members from more than 65 nations.
There was a book stall and Question & Answer sessions for people who wanted to find out more about Jesus Christ or how to grow in the Christian faith, as well as space to reflect.
The theme of the Sunday services was ‘For all; for now; for ever; and looking at how Jesus Christ is all those three things’.