‘The Light shines in the darkness and the darkness has not overcome it’
Across the country our Eden teams are hosting different events, parties and meals for their communities throughout the Christmas season. At the beginning of December, Eden Bow (London) held their fourth annual Lincoln Light Parade and the community had a wonderful time.
Lanterns were made in the different sessions that the team already run as well as two open workshops the weekend before. The workshops in themselves gave space for some beautiful conversations and connections as well as the chance to see people express their creativity with willow and tissue paper.
When the night came the community gathered on a miraculously still and dry evening to walk through the estate with their underwater themed lanterns to declare that the light has come and the darkness is not welcome on their estate.
Alex, Eden Bow team leader shares: ‘A real highlight for me was to have two of the Bengali girls attend who I have been working with for some time. Last year they weren’t allowed to attend as their parents were worried about them being out in the dark but after getting to know us better they were allowed to come this year. We also loved getting the local police involved so that people have a chance to interact with them during a positive community event and realise that they are nice really!’
As the team walked around the estate with noisy drums and bright lanterns, residents came to their balconies and doors to see what was going on.
‘Their faces are one of my favourite things about the parade every year!’
Our Eden teams act as the light to their communities all year long, living sacrificially amongst the poorest communities in the UK. Head to joineden.org to find out more how you can join a team.