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The World Cup provides our churches with a huge opportunity to reach into the lives of tourists, supporters and our local communities. 'Engage' is a trust set up by Tandem Ministries and Athletes in Action.

The Organising committee for RWC has endorsed Engage as the social way churches in New Zealand can provide service and interact with what is happening around the event. Engage is made up of many denominations and groups who share a vision to reach people with the Gospel through this event.

The way we as Christians act, speak and serve during the time of the World Cup can a ect how the Church and the community relate for years to come.

Global Connections in Mission want to encourage our network of churches to take advantage of the opportunities that this event will generate by:

1. Taking part in local Church and community events that are being planned for the World Cup

2. Thinking how they can best serve, engage and outreach during the World Cup

3. Being o cially part of the ENGAGE ministry

If you would like to register your church in order to receive information and updates, please go to the following link: http://www.engagenz.org/churches.html

There are many ways your church can 'engage'. Have some 'sports' services, a 'big screen event' (using free to air broadcasts), hospitality (team supporters, campervans in your church car park, others), be a World Cup volunteer, be a chaplain to a team who may be located for training in your area. Check out the 'Engage' website for further information or contact Russell Thorp our GCiM Missions Director (see contact details over page).

Prior to the World Cup, Love Your Neighbour has organised some training for those who would like to learn how to share their faith better. For details of the 'God Space' Tour see: http://www.loveyourneighbour.org.nz/?sid=5701.


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