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

Press call from Canterbury Diocese

 Date: Friday 17 October, 10.30am.

Venue: All Saints Church, Maidstone

Details: On Friday 17 October, All Saints Church in Maidstone will open from 10.00am to 8.00pm to provide an opportunity for 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 has been issued in response to grave concerns about the unrest in Syria and Iraq, the threat of ISIS and the Ebola crisis.

At 10.30am, the Bishop of Dover, the Rt Revd Trevor Willmott, will join pupils from local schools with the aim of lighting dozens of candles and to pray for those who are suffering around the world.

Priest at Parkwood, Reverend Canon Arthur Houston explained:

“When faced with difficult situations our first response is to pray because we believe that God created our world and is therefore intimately concerned for its life and well-being.  Whilst many times we struggle to understand all that happens in our world, we believe that God hears our prayers and the experience of Christians through the centuries has been that prayer makes a difference. Prayer is often spoken in words but also may be silent and lighting a candle can be a meaningful way of expressing prayer.  For this reason we are inviting everyone in the town to come be part of ‘lighting a thousand candles’.”


Further information from:

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

Contact for Revd. Canon Arthur Houston:  01622 858020