A report of the World Peace Service on Clay Hill Green, Epsom - Peace Prayers report 2013.

Churches Together in Epsom

Led by John Padwick the Chair of CTiE Churches Together in Epsom, thirteen people gathered to pray for Peace on Clay Hills, Epsom. As the weather was so bad we decamped to Christ Church Epsom about half a kilometre away. Here we focused on prayer for Peace in many different parts of the World. In the centre of our gathering was the Peace Light brought by Maggie Brizzi who explained the purpose of this light and then read the following message received from Assisi by e-mail as follows:-

This brief greeting from Fr. Mauro Gambetto, O.F.M.Conv., the recently elected Custos of the Sacred Convent, to the

WEEK OF PRAYER FOR WORLD PEACE.

Each day at the Basilica of St. Francis in Assisi, our community of Franciscan Friars prays for peace in the World and the needs and intentions of all.

I pray that your Week of Prayer will be a daily prayer for that peace that only Christ can give us.

May the Lord give you peace.

Fr. Mauro Gambetti, O.F.M.Conv.

MESSAGE OF GREETING TO THE WEEK OF PRAYER FOR WORLD PEACE

Sunday, October 20, 2013 at Clay Hills the Epsom Peace Trees

From Assisi I wish to greet you all with the words that St. Francis always used to greet everyone he met: May the Lord give you peace!

As you gather to pray for and celebrate peace not only for this week but always I would like to recall the message that Pope Francis left us. 

In his recent visit to Assisi, on October 4, Pope Francis reminded us that “everyone who follows Christ receives true peace, the peace that Christ alone can give, a peace which the world cannot give. “ The Pope went on to say: “Many people, when they think of Saint Francis, think of peace; very few people however, go deeper. What is the peace which Francis received experienced and lived, and which he passes on to us? It is the peace of Christ, which is born of the greatest love al all, the love of the cross. It is the peace which the Risen Jesus gave to his disciples when he stood in their midst (cf. John 20:19-20).”

“The peace of Saint Frances is the peace of Christ, and it is found by those who ‘take up’ their ‘yoke’, namely, Christ’s commandment: Love one another as I have loved you (cf. John 13:34; 15:12). This yoke cannot be borne with arrogance, presumption or pride, but only with meekness and humbleness of heart.”

“We turn to you, Francis”, the Pope continues, “and we ask you: Teach us to be ‘instruments of peace’, of that peace which has its source in God, the peace which Jesus has brought us.”

Let us also turn to St. Francis of Assisi today and pray this famous prayer which is attributed to him because everything it expresses can be found in his life and especially in his great desire to be an instrument of peace and joy.

 

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A report of the World Peace Service on Clay Hill Green, Epsom - Peace Prayers report 2012.

Churches Together in Epsom

Our eleventh year amongst the pines that were planted back in 2001. On October 14 at 3.00 pm Clay Hill Green was in a glorious sunny Autumn setting bathed in sunlight reflecting a golden hue onto the landscape.

Adrian Esdaile led the service following the printed order of service he had prepared (below), and many contributed with their own readings and prayers during service. The group only numbered 18 from the vast membership from the fellowship of CTiE.

One World Week and Week of Prayer for World Peace

‘Sharing Destiny - Moving Towards one World’

A GATHERING FOR PRAYER FOR PEACE IN OUR WORLD

Sunday, 14th October 2012 at 3 pm

West Hill Epsom, in the open air

Welcome.  An affirmation of the words included in the inauguration of the Peace Flame Pathway in The Hague when Ambassadors from every country in the world stated:-

We are convinced that peace is not only possible;

it is one of the most urgent needs of our time. 

 We affirm that every single human being has the right to peace and justice,

and that at the same time peace is a responsibility we must all assume.

(Anglican Church of Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia)

One more step along the world I go; one more step along the world I go;

From the old things to the new keep me travelling along with you:

And it’s from the old I travel to the new, keep me travelling along with you.

Round the corners of the world I turn, more and more about the world I learn;

All the new things that I see you’ll be looking at along with me.

As I travel through the bad and good, keep me travelling the way I should;

Where I see no way to go you’ll be telling me the way, I know.

Micah 4.3-5, Matthew 5.43-end, 1 Timothy 2.1-4 followed by time for silent reflection

God bless each country of the world

(silence as we remember the country that is a burden on our heart)

guard her peoples, guide her leaders,

and give her peace, for Jesus Christ’s sake.   Amen

Respect the wide diversity among us in our lives and relationships.   Refrain from making prejudiced judgements about the life journeys of others.   Do you foster the spirit of mutual understanding and forgiveness which our discipleship demands of us ?  Remember that each of us is unique, precious, a child of God.


 

Refreshments will be available in the hall next to Christ Church - all are very welcome.

The group only numbered 18 from the vast membership from the fellowship of CTiE.

Rev Franklyn Otwoma and his wife Violet,  Franklyn is the Director of Vision Peoples in Mission which is a work in a Nairobi slum providing a church, medical care, education, an orphanage and vocational training to the people who live in this slum, bringing hope and a future.

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A report of the World Peace Service on Clay Hill Green, Epsom - Peace Prayers report 2011.

A lit lantern carrying the flame of peace was encircled by the faithful. Twenty five stood on Clay Hill Green.

Our tenth year amongst the pines that were planted back in 2001. On October 23rd at 3.00 pm Clay Hill Green was in a windy Autumn setting bathed in sunlight reflecting a golden hue onto the landscape.

Adrian Esdaile led the prayers, John Padwick read a passage from Matthew’s gospel, and many contributed with their own readings and prayers during service.

Individual prayers were offered culminating in the St Francis of Assisi Prayer and a special message that was sent by him on this day. We all joined in unity as we made the blessing.

A message of greeting from The College of Saint Francis of Assisi was read

Photographs were taken of us sharing our friendship together.

Good news was shared to all present about the fact that permission had been granted for a Peace flame pathway similar to the one in The Hague, to be built in the grounds of St Pancras Church London.

This is to be solar powered, and rocks would be placed along the pathway to represent each country. However £40,000 has to be raised for this to be finalised.

We pray that progress will be made.

Refreshments were at Christ Church hall consisting of tea and coffee with cakes donated by the representatives of the Bahia’s group.

Amongst our friends from all over Epsom there were visitors from afar. One had come from Australia.

Everybody was glad for the opportunity to meet and pray together.

Ruth Foxcroft of St Martin’s Church, Epsom

The World Peace Flame

The World Peace Flame is a symbol of peace, unity, freedom and celebration. We believe in the essential freedom of the human spirit to create peace at any time under any circumstances – a view endorsed by the millions of people who have lit The World Peace Flame as a symbol of this dream.

The World Peace Flame is dedicated to achieving peace through a process of education and the practical support of grassroots peace initiatives. We aim to inspire people everywhere that the individual plays a crucial role in creating peace at every level. Our dream is as simple as it is ambitious: to light an eternally burning World Peace Flame in every major city or decision-making centre in the world. It is a dream we’ve cherished since 1999 when we created our first Flames of Peace on five continents around the world.

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A report of the World Peace Service on Clay Hill Green, Epsom - October 24th 2010.

PRAYERS FOR PEACE, 2010 - Sunday, 24th October, at 3 pm

Thirty four people of Epsom gathered on Clay Hill Green, West Hill, Epsom to pray for peace on 24th October 2010. Glorious sunshine settled on the spot where three pine trees have been planted 'for peace'. The service was on United Nations day and also the day that ended the Week of Prayer for World Peace.

Ruth Foxcroft from St Martin’s Church, led those there came from all the local Christian denominations.

We all felt united in our prayer and our desire for peace in our troubled world.

On the service sheet were printed the words of what peace means to a twelve year old boy to show that peace is meaningful and matters to all generations.

Individual prayers were offered culminating in the St Francis of Assisi Prayer and a special message that was sent by him on this day. We all joined hands in unity as we made the blessing.

A message of greeting from The College of Saint Francis of Assisi was read.

Many met at the Church Hall at Christ Church for refreshments afterwards

Ruth Foxcroft of St Martin’s Church, Epsom

 

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PRAYERS FOR PEACE, 2009 - Sunday, 18th October, at 3 pm

Thirty two people of Epsom gathered on Clayhill Green, West Hill, Epsom to pray for peace on 18th October 2009. This is a spot where three pine trees have been planted 'for peace' and it was the day that ended the Week of Prayer for World Peace.

Those there came from all the local Christian denominations .

The day was perfect and we all felt united in our prayer and our desire for peace in our troubled world. On the service sheet were printed the words of an African traditional prayer:

'May peace reign over the earth ... and every ill word be driven out into the wilderness, into the virgin forest.' If only that prayer could come true in our world today !

The Bethlehem Peace Light shown in the above picture was in the centre of our Prayer circle this was originally organised by a mission - Light into Darkness, for children in need. Since 1986, there has been a great deal of co-operation between many countries to allow the light to travel throughout many European Countries and on to America.

Each year, a child fetches the light from the grotto in Bethlehem where Jesus was born. The light is then flown to Austria from where it is distributed at a Service of Dedication to delegations from across Europe who take it back, with a message of Peace, to their own countries for use at ecumenical services throughout the Continent, even as far as Epsom!

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PRAYERS FOR PEACE, 2008

 

 ‘Prayers for Peace’

In the open air

On a cold and very wet afternoon, twenty nine hardy souls gathered in a circle at 3pm on Sunday October 26th on Clayhill Green, West Hill beside the three Stone Pine Trees planted as [Symbols  of Peace] by Councillor Petrie in 2001 (trees and plaque shown below).

There were representatives from many of the Epsom Churches. A short service  was conducted by Canon Adrian Esdaile (left), and Rev Sue Bull led the singing. it started with the presentation of the Peace Light and An affirmation of the words included in the inauguration of the Peace Flame Pathway in the Hague when Ambassadors from every country in the world stated:- and we said -

"We are convinced that peace is not only possible;

it is one of the most urgent needs of our time.

We affirm that every single human being has the right to peace and justice,

and at the same time peace is a responsibility we must all assume.

 

a message of greeting from The College of Saint Francis of Assisi was read.

Clayhill Green, West Hill, Epsom


 

The pine trees were planted in 2001 on Clayhill Green 'for Peace' and link up with three similar trees planted in Assisi.

Clayhill Green, West Hill, Epsom

The text reads:-

The World Peace Flame Trees

These three trees were planted on 6 th April 2001 by the Mayor of Epsom and Ewell

Councillor Nigel Petrie and members of the World Peace project plus Epsom Peace Prayer Group.

On 23 rd January 2002 three trees were also planted in the Peace Garden of St Francis in Assisi to forge a link between Epsom and Assisi


 

Clayhill Green, West Hill, Epsom

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