STREETS OF LIGHT
The Streets of Light initiative first ran in Sheffield in 2017, and is held every year over the October half term holiday that coincides with Halloween. Last year over 140 houses, shops and businesses took part – and we would love to see this grow even more.
As Christians we believe that God is good and all good things come from him. However, for many people the week of Halloween is not associated with things that are good - some people in our neighbourhoods are scared to open their doors; shops and homes are decorated with frightening images; and things which are evil are wrongly portrayed as ‘good.’
Jesus came to change and transform society and culture and declared,
‘I am the Light of the World. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but have the light of life.’
As Christians we are called to be part of Jesus' great transformation plan, to share his light, and to join him in doing good. We want people to get involved with the Streets of Light Trail to be part of making that change and transformation in our communities - turning streets of darkness and fear into streets of light, love and hope - and asking others to join with us as we do this.
Sounds great... but what do I have to do?
To get involved all you need to do is to decorate one (or more!) windows of your house, flat or workplace, and then leave the lights on or curtains open each evening, so people can see your fantastic displays.
We are asking people to do this from Monday 26th October to Sunday 1st November from about 4.30pm to 9.30pm.
Your design can be anything you like, but please include the words ‘Light,’ ‘Love’ or ‘Hope’ somewhere in it. Designs can be as elaborate as you like, but they can equally be some strings of fairy lights and a light box!
If you would like some inspiration for your window, do check out some examples from previous years below.
Here are some examples of past window displays:
Anyone can get involved with the Streets of Light initiative, no matter where you live! This year we're so excited to be partnering with friends and churches not just in Sheffield, but also in Loughborough, Leeds and beyond.
If you want to get involved, then sign up now by clicking this link.
The deadline to sign up is 20th October, so that we can create the trails and maps ready for half term.
What are the trails or the maps all about?
Nearer the time, all the houses or buildings taking part will be plotted onto various trails and maps, and posted on our website and other social media platforms.
Families and friends can then either walk or run together (in groups of 6!), trying to spot as many fantastic window displays as possible!
We hope and pray that you have lots of fun, and that, together, we can share the light, love and hope of Jesus this October half term.
During the week, please share pictures on social media of your displays or other windows you come across as you walk round the trails, using the hashtag #streetsoflight