20 December 2017
St Edith’s Church in Coates by Stow provided the setting on Tuesday evening for a special service to receive the International Peace Light.
It is said that each year, a child from Upper Austria is invited to travel to the Holy Land to collect the Peace Light from the Grotto of the Nativity in Bethlehem, with the Peace Light then flown back to Vienna for distribution at a Service of Dedication attended by Scout and Guide delegations from across Europe. Scouts and Guides then take the Light, and its associated message of peace, and share it with others in their respective countries.
At Tuesday’s service in Coates, members of Willingham Scout Group officially presented the Light, and an invitation was extended to members of the congregation to light candles from this Light and to take the message of light and peace out into the world.
The service, which featured many contributions from members of the Scouts, included Christmas carols, readings, an explanation of how ‘Peace Babies’ became ‘Jelly Babies’, a renewal of the Scout Promise and the presentation of awards, including a special badge related to the Peace Light. In addition, a collection of warm items, such as woolly hats and socks, was offered to the Mission to Seafarers as a practical demonstration of thinking of others and sharing the love of God. A time of fellowship and conversation followed, before lights were taken from the church and out into the evening.
St Edith’s Church has a service at 8.30am on Christmas Day, and further information on the church may be found here.
The Revd Joan Vickers, the Revd Nicola Penn-Allison and Robin Wright (County Commissioner) receive the International Peace Light, which was welcomed by a ‘full house’ at St Edith’s Church in Coates by Stow.
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