The Peace Light of Bethlehem arrived on Wednesday on the Steam Packet from Heyshem. Five young members of the Isle of Man Scout and Guide Associations, under the guidance of Father Bob Boyle of St Matthew’s Church, to St Helens, Merseyside, on Monday. They were there to receive the naked Peace flame that has travelled from Bethlehem. The Light will be distributed around the island in time for the final advent candle.
This is the first time in years that Guides and Scouts are working together as one. In the combined group representing the Scouts was Torry W, 1st Ballaugh Scouts, Dhoona L, 3rd Peel Sea Scouts and Aaron R, Onchan Explorers. The Guides were represented by Lucy S, Baljyn Jiass Guides and Danielle G, 1st Ballaugh Senior Section.
Over 50 places have already arranged to receive the flame including churches, Nobel’s Hospital, care homes and residences. There will be a Service of Distribution on Saturday, 20th December, at St. Matthew’s Church, Douglas, where Scouts and Guides of all ages will come together and distribute the Light into the community.
Thanks to the Leaders that accompanied the group; Guy Thompson, Island Commissioner, and Julie Leece, 3rd Peel Sea Scouts, for the Scouts along with Stephanie Harper, Carrick District Commissioner, and Kathy Shimmin, 1st Ramsey (Trinity) Guides.Tags: Peace Light of Bethlehem