Let your light shine!
This Eastertide we’ve been piloting a new initiative at St Chrysostom’s – Sharing the Light. We light the Easter candle at the Easter Vigil, and there we share the light with one another as we light candles. It’s a lovely sign of what we are about as Christians.
Through Eastertide we’ve been encouraging different ways to share the light of Easter with people and among ourselves at St C’s.
One of the lovely things we’ve been reminded of as we have done this is how there is something of God’s light in us all, so as we share we also receive.
Events have included a chocolate evening for women, a Sunday afternoon gathering at St Chrysostom’s School, an event at local sheltered housing, a gathering for LGBT people, special visits from classes of St Chrysostom’s School… Each has been done very differently and involved different people, in church and in different places in the parish. Each has been special and encouraging comments have been received.
Wherever possible at each event a large candle has been lit at the events as a sign of God’s light shining upon us all. At each event there was opportunity for prayer and reflection, as well as time for people to get to know one another in a friendly and accepting atmosphere.
Our events close this coming Sunday (25th) when Bishop Mark visits us at 6pm for a special Sharing the Light celebration at Church. This will be an opportunity for us all to come together and celebrate what unites us and to rejoice in the light and love of God. There will also be opportunity for those who wish to renew their faith and receive a blessing from the Bishop. Everyone is welcome, Share the Light!