Hundreds join invitation to ‘Light a thousand candles’ and pray for peace at All Saints Maidstone with the Bishop of Dover

On Friday 17 October, All Saints Church in Maidstone opened all day to provide an opportunity for hundreds of people in Maidstone to come and light a thousand candles and pray for peace in the world. A joint initiative from all the churches in the town, the call to prayer was issued in response to grave concerns about the unrest in Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq, the threat of ISIS and the Ebola crisis.

During the morning, the Bishop of Dover, the Rt Revd Trevor Willmott, joined those lighting candles and praying for peace.

Commenting afterwards, Bishop Trevor said: “Today’s work is about praying for peace and justice across the whole of God’s world. Our hearts and minds are with the people of West Africa, many of whom are suffering from that terrible virus, Ebola. Our hearts and minds are also with people in Syria and Afghanistan, whose lives have been split apart by violence. Together we are praying to make a difference.”

Priest at Parkwood, Reverend Canon Arthur Houston who organised the day of prayer explained:

“A couple of members of congregation said we want to pray for the world. Whilst Ebola and the violence of ISIS are things we can’t do anything about ourselves, we can pray. It was appropriate to come to All Saints as it is the largest most central church in Maidstone and people in the church and wider community have been very pleased to have the opportunity to pray like this here in church.”


Further information from:

Emily Shepherd, Director of Communications, Canterbury Diocese 01227 459 401, 07876 210 446,

Contact for Revd. Canon Arthur Houston: 01622 858020

Photos show:

  1. Pheobe Woodcock and Abigail Beale lighting Candles
  2. Revd Arthur Houston placing a candle
  3. Bishop Trevor praying