Lighting Candles of Kindness


    Category
    Church is changing
    Date
    26 March 2020
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    Candles have been burning in windows across the Diocese as Christians pray for all those affected by the Coronavirus.

    People were invited to place a lighted candle in their window at 7pm on Sunday as a visible symbol of the light of life, Jesus Christ.

    Many have continued to do this every night as they pray for the Government, health-care workers, and those who are most vulnerable.

    The call to pray came from the Presidents of Churches Together in England, which includes the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Revd Justin Welby.

    A joint message from the church leaders said: "We have the great privilege and freedom to be able to call upon God, wherever we are, individually and corporately, for healing in our nation. We would pray for all in leadership at this time, making decisions about the containment of the Covid-19 virus, for those working in health and social care, and especially for the most vulnerable, whether elderly or those with underlying health conditions.

    "There are already stories being told of wonderful acts of kindness across neighbourhoods. Alongside your prayers, take the opportunity to telephone or email someone who is isolated, buy some additional food for your local foodbank, or offer to deliver shopping for an elderly neighbour. 

    "We may not be able to touch physically, but we can make connections in so many other ways."

    Christians across the world were also invited to say the Lord's Prayer together on Wednesday.

    Churches across the Diocese have been stepping up to help thousands of worshippers and the many others who looking for spiritual, practical and emotional support.

    They include using live streaming to share in worship times together to church members volunteering to help at foodbanks and other much needed community groups looking for extra help.