Night of Light - 31st October
Night of Light is a way in which Christians can reclaim Halloween for God, so that it is transformed into a great Christian festival.
Halloween (31st October) really means the eve of All Hallows/All Saints - a Christian festival celebrating the Glory of God lived out in the lives of holy people. The saints lived by the light of Christ, who is the victory of light over darkness.
In every generation, we are called to become a beacon, so this Night of Light will be a celebration of Jesus, the light of the world.
In 2002, we led an ecumenical celebration at St. Michael's Catholic Church in Ashtead, Surrey. We had a time of praise and worship, followed by an ecumenical service and refreshments.
In 2003, we joined up with St. George's Anglican church and followed on from their celebration for children (called 'The Treat') with a children-focused concert. The Treat is a party for children, as an alternative to going 'trick or treating'.
In 2004, we ran another ecumenical celebration at St. Michael's, Ashtead. Our focus was to invite young people (particularly those in years 7 and above) as well as adults to join us to celebrate Jesus, the light of the world, and Saints. No fancy dress, no tricks, just lively music, a talk, time to reflect and pray.
See the official night of light site at www.nightoflight.org