A light in every street in Hull
Hull Churches prayed for right across the city at Christmas
Over 3,750 candles and prayer cards were distributed around the city of Hull over Advent. It is estimated that up to 10,000 people may have joined in
prayer for the city and region on Christmas Eve.
A light for every street is a project of Hope - The Next Chapter, with One Voice (Hull), Kings Breakfast and Try Praying as a result from a prompting from God for the whole city to pray for Hull.
In light of these days of uncertainty for so many, churches are using Advent, a time of watchful waiting and lights, as an opportunity to get as many people as possible across the city praying, this Christmas.
People came to a stall in St Stephen’s Shopping Centre, each thursday evening during advent, marked their street on a map, collected a professionally designed and printed prayer card and candle. Then, as the first star appeared out on Christmas Eve, each lit the candle and as they placed it in a window, said the short prayer – ‘Jesus, Light of the world, please shine your light on me, on my family, on my home, on my street, on my city. Amen’.
The candle light on Christmas eve, resonating the star over the manger and an old Polish custom, added a new ‘tradition’ to local life and brought a focus on God back to a consumer hijacked season.
Local Christians have been excited to hear good stories of people
surprised by God as a result of the project and are keen to look to God for
the 'greater things that are yet to come', as they continue to pray and expect.