SMH and the Salford Diocese Relay of Prayer
In the countdown to the Olympic Games July 2012 a group of our pupils joined pupils from 210 other schools in the Salford Diocese to launch a relay of prayer. The event was the first of many over the next nine months which will involve an Olympic Torch of Prayer being taken from school to school igniting prayer and interest in this coming international event. Each school will be twinned with a competing country and will offer up prayers for that particular country. (We are twinned with Comoros – islands in the Indian Ocean east of Africa!) The aim of the relay is to mark the significance of the Olympic Games by looking at the links between religion and sport as well as celebrating their common ability to bring people together.
One of the celebrity Olympians in attendance was Mr Gordon Brown (Deputy Head of Stonyhurst College); he competed in the South African rowing team in the 1992 Barcelona Olympics. Music and sports’ stars spoke eloquently about their experiences and music was played. We were also addressed by Bishop Brain by video link where he emphasised the importance of young people in the Church using their gifts in sport for the greater glory of God. He quoted 1 Corinthians 12, 5: “There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord.”
The SMH pupils were Christian Butschok Brain, Chidiebere Nechi, Jessica Pope, Evangeline Morrow, Celina Guskowska and Katie Belderbos. Six pupils from the College also attended.
Mr Gordon Brown being interviewed at the event.