Peacelight for 2018


In late December  St John’s Church, Great Sutton, held a service for the reception of the International Peacelight. 

The concept of the Peacelight was first established in Austria 29 years ago. Each year an Austrian child travels to the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem to take a light from the eternal flame which burns there. This light is then passed through the Scouting and Guiding communities right across the world.

Local Scout member, Les Howard, had heard about this ecumenical service and suggested it to the Revd Antony Dutton, Vicar of St John’s. Les then went to collect the flame which had been brought to the UK.

During the service there was a talk about the Prince of Peace, and then the church lights were dimmed and the Peacelight was brought into church and the Paschal Candle was lit from it. Members from Ellesmere Port and Neston District Scouts and Guides, members of the Great Sutton company of the Church Lad's and Church Girls' Brigade, came forward to light their own candles. Then together a prayer for peace was said. After the service Peace babies (now known as jelly babies!) were handed out to everyone.

The Revd Antony Dutton said; “It was wonderful to share the light which had travelled 3,300 miles and see the candles burn with the same flame as in Bethlehem.” More information can be found here:

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