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Light a candle for Hope every Sunday

by Michael Ford last modified 02 Apr, 2020 07:34 PM

The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.' John 1:5

Following on from the wonderful response to the call by Churches Together in England (CTE) to light a candle on Mothering Sunday, Christians are being asked to repeat the process every Sunday.

People were asked to light a candle and place it in a window as a way to unite in prayer. Very quickly social media became inundated with pictures of lit candles in windows across our country.

Now, as our nation continues to face the unprecedented challenge of the coronavirus pandemic, CTE is encouraging Christians across our nation to continue uniting in prayer, praying #PrayersOfHope in their homes at 7pm every Sunday evening.

This won't be an issue for the Revd Philip Ringer from Bridport, who has been lighting a candle every evening and posting a picture of it along with a prayer on Facebook.

His posts have also encouraged other members of the community to share their candle photos too, with messages like "Stay Safe Bridport" and a simple "Amen".

CTE has prepared a candle poster for those who would like to place a permanent symbol in their front windows of Christ’s light shining in the darkness. This poster has been made available due to awareness of the potential fire risk posed by lighting live candles, particularly on windowsills.

CTE is keen to avoid adding any pressure to our emergency service personnel, particularly at this difficult time. The poster is available by visiting the website.

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