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International Peace Light 2008

Peace LightA tiny flame, taken from the eternal flame which burns in the Grotto of the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem (the Grotto is the location where the Stable once stood) is heading for Nottinghamshire. The flame, known as the International Peace Light, is distributed throughout the world, including Europe and the U.S.A., by Scouts and Guides.

Every year, a young child from Upper Austria is appointed as the Peace Child and is flown to Bethlehem to collect the flame which is then flown back to Austria. The flame is then distributed to members of the Scout and Guide movement at an ecumenical service in St Anton von Padua Church, Vienna.

Now in its 22nd year, the flame will arrive in Nottinghamshire on Monday 15th December 2008 and will be presented to 6th Beeston Scout Group on Middle Street, Beeston by Magellan ESU during their Carol Service commencing at 6:45pm.

The Peace Light flame will also be distributed at New Sawley Methodist Church, Tamworth Road, Sawley, Long Eaton on Wednesday 17th December 2008 at 7.00pm

It will be further distributed to local Scouts, Guides and many local churches during a service on Thursday 18th commencing 7.30pm at Trinity Methodist Church on Mansfield Woodhouse High Street. The flame is then taken into Community Homes, Schools, Council Offices, Radio and Television studios, Prisons and Private Homes with a message of Peace to all. Some churches burn the flame into the New Year, extinguishing it after their Renewal of Covenant service.

Nottinghamshire Scouts and Guides (and Leaders) are needed to help in the distribution of this flame to their local Community Homes, Council Offices, etc.

The light is collected from Leicester stationThe ideal method of transporting the Peace Light flame is a night light candle and lantern carried by a third person. It is possible to keep this flame burning for up to eight days at a time by using an oil burning lamp or a Sanctuary candle.

Please help the distribution of this flame and message of Peace by attending the service and collecting the flame.

Further information can be found on the official Peace Light website

Steve Cree
A.C.C. (10-25 year olds)