Near Neighbours Multi-faith Torch pledge

Excitement as the 2012 Torch passes the steps of St George the Martyr, Southwark.

There was a bustle of flags, banners and torches being made as the Torch Relay approached Borough High Street, SE1 on Thursday – people from different religious traditions were busy putting the finishing touches to their work. Faces were painted, hands were decorated with henna.

Just in time, everybody made it out onto the steps of St George the Martyr – whoops of excitement and cheers greeted the Torch as it went past.

Near Neighbours supported the local multifaith Rockingham Youth Group and friends to get busy on this historic day.  Postcards carrying the pledge were handed around and everyone joined in –

“Inspired by the teachings of our faiths, and spurred on by the example of the Olympic athletes, may we all seek to be the best we can be:

increasing our compassion;

growing in our generosity;

becoming more hospitable;

practising greater forgiveness;

striving together for the good of our communities;

urging one another on in acts of righteousness;

so that we may bring hope and joy, friendship and laughter to enrich the lives of every person who lives in London.”

Siriol Davies (Diocese of Southwark) and Revd Tim Clapton (Near Neighbours) organised a great event.  The Bishop of Woolwich, the Rt Revd Dr Michael Ipgrave, Communities Minister Baroness Hanham and Lambeth Palace’s Revd Dr Toby Howarth and Revd Rana Khan all took part.

Don’t miss the torch!

Great ideas for bringing people together when the Torch Relay passes through our neighbourhoods from Rockingham Young People, supported by the Diocese of Southwark, Near Neighbours and Southwark Council.  On Thursday 26th July they will be offering

  • face painting
  • henna hands
  • placard making
  • multifaith pledges

to everyone who comes along!

And join in the football, drums, bouncy castle and much more when the Torch Relay arrives in Hackney this Saturday.  Download the flyer here.

Find out when the Torch Relay is coming to your borough here.   Local leaders resources are available here.

There’s also the Real Relay (no commercial sponsors, proceeds to charity) taking place and arriving in London tomorrow – see the schedule here.

And don’t forget Friday 27th All The Bells event all over London – if you’re not taking part locally, come & join us on the Millennium Bridge at 8.12am – and bring a bell to ring!