St Helens’ faith communities come together for candle lighting ceremony

Faith communities from across St Helens came together at Eccleston Library earlier this month for an inclusive, multi-faith candle lighting ceremony.

Christian, Jewish, Muslim and Hindu faith communities joined Mayor and Mayoress of St Helens, Councillor Pat Ireland and Lynn Glover, as the library celebrated this special time of year with songs, prayers, readings, refreshments and the lighting of candles.

Children and young people from St Julie’s Catholic Primary School attended the event to sing carols, while representatives of the faith communities lit advent candles and the Chanukah candle, for the eight-day Jewish festival of light.

Representatives included Rabbi Abel of the Princes Road Synagogue in Liverpool; Islamic scholar and chaplain Imam Sufyan; Dr Jayaram of the Hindu faith, who was a local doctor for 35 years at St Helens & Knowsley Teaching Hospitals; and Anita Fath, regional volunteer coordinator for Christian organisation Mission in the Economy (MitE), which provides a volunteer chaplaincy service to workplaces and churches in St Helens and across Merseyside.

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