“I Am The Light of the World” says Jesus

last updated on: 24th Jun 2012

“I Am The Light of the World” says Jesus

What better opportunity to consider what Jesus meant when He declared He was the ‘Light of the world’ and when He called His followers to also let their lights shine, than the image of the torch relay?

What's the route and what to do if near to it
Lots of churches have activities planned for when the Torch Relay comes to the Leicestershire on Monday 2nd and Tuesday 3rd July, but here are a few simple things that you can do to make sure that your church is involved in this unique event.  To download minute by minute details of the route on 2nd July click here or on 3rd July click here.  If you are on the route:

  • Be open… as crowds will be waiting for a while before the Torch passes – why not open your Church or Hall to allow people somewhere to sit down or use the toilet – they will really appreciate it
  • Be refreshing… offering hot and cold drinks is a great way on engaging with people who usually just walk pass your Church
  • Make a noise… A great way to welcome the Torch Relay is ringing the bells in churches

Praise Bus
Make sure you get to the route early to enjoy the music and joy coming from the Praise Bus, which travels about an hour ahead of the Torch itself.  It has followed the exact route for the past 45 days.  Read who they and why they are doing it here.  Watch a taster on youtube here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-SB9YsVmyHY&feature=youtu.be or visit them on facebook at www.facebook.com/ThePraiseBus

Prayer Relay
A team of people from different denominations across the county and city will receive a special prayer baton on Monday 2nd July.  It is being passed on every day, following the route of the Torch Relay, carrying prayers from place to place.  A group will welcome the prayer relay in Leicester and then passed on on Tuesday with prayers from Leicester, including one from children at the Cathedral.  Download a guide to the prayer relay here.

School Baton Relay
Seven batons and tealight holders continued to be passed school to school, encouraging children to consider the image of light in the Christian story and that, as St Paul wrote, the things most dear to us and designed to be passed on and not just kept to ourselves.  Contact the schools team for more information. 

Torch Relay Prayers  -  two special prayers composed by the Church of England for the occasion

Loving God,
as this torch travels our nation,
preparing us to celebrate the skill and determination of
those competing in the Olympic and Paralympic Games,
strengthen us to love You and serve our neighbour
with all the skill and determination you give us,
through Christ, The Light of the world. Amen.

As this light travels our nation,
may Your light, O God, shine in the hearts of all
who gather to celebrate the energy, skill and dedication of others.
Send Your Holy Spirit to light up our lives
and set our hearts on fire with love for You;
through Christ our Lord. Amen.


To read more ideas and resources for churches around the 2012 Games go here.

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