After years of planning and preparation, the 20th Commonwealth Games were formally opened at a spectacular ceremony in Celtic Park on 23rd July. The Queen, who joined athletes, fans and volunteers at the ceremony, read the message she placed in the Commonwealth Baton on 9th October 2013, before declaring the Games officially open.
For the first time in history, the opening ceremony was also used as an opportunity to raise funds for charity, with the expected global audience of one billion people asked to help UNICEF 'Put Children First'. Early reports show over three million pounds were raised within the first few hours of the appeal by text donations in the UK alone.
Featuring 17 sports, 11 days of competition and 4,500 athletes from 71 Commonwealth countries, the Games offers Glasgwegians the chance to extend their legendary hospitality on a worldwide stage.
Churches throughout the city and beyond are planning a wide variety of events to welcome the nations of the Commonwealth, and to celebrate with Glaswegians. This is a unique opportunity for churches to reach a wider audience, and you'll find everything from a 'Big Red Bus' in Lenzie to a Community Carnival in Clarkston. From 'Feed the Fans' at Clincarthill to 'Welcome the Commonwealth' in Bridgeton, churches throughout the Greater Glasgow area, not just those near event venues, are preparing to share in the excitement of the Games with locals and visitors alike. At Cathcart Old, a whole festival of events, 'The Celebration City', will run for the duration of the Games.
For more details of what's on throughout the Games, just click on the 'What's On' logo. We'll update the list regularly, so keep checking for more exciting events around the city.
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