The community of Mount Washington, Ky., is asking churches, organizations and individuals to unite to Shine Your Light Wednesday, Nov. 7 from 9 to 9:30 p.m. by standing side by side along sidewalks and streets in Mount Washington with candles or flashlights to shine forth a light of good will, faith and hope.
“We have had some struggles within our community and we want to be a beacon for those in need,” Troy Wood, originator of the Shine Your Light event, said. He is a member of the Mount Washington Missionary Baptist Church, one of the many churches and denominations supporting the event. “We want to let it be known the churches and community are here, to let those in need know they can reach out to us.”
Although inspired by scripture Matthew 5:14-16, there are several reasons for participants to Shine Your Light: in remembrance of a lost loved one or loved one struggling in life; to honor a hero, veteran, or survivor of a tragic event or illness ; or to shine forth a light of Christian love.
“We are encouraging participants to hold signs at the event to share your message of hope and remembrance with the world,” Wood said.
Event participation is growing according to Wood to include the Bullitt East High School Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Friends of Rachel clubs - an organization created to deter bullying within schools. Churches of all faiths are joining in the event.
A large venture in itself, the Shine Your Light event additionally includes a goal of coordinating participants to create the outline of a cross via candles and flashlights within the streets of Mount Washington.
“We wanted to reach beyond our imagination,” Wood said. “We have surrounding communities pledging to participate in the greater Louisville metropolitan area and surrounding counties. In addition, we want to follow this event with other ways to impact the community for young kids and adults alike.”
The event serves as a kickoff to other avenues of community support including prayer and support for the community; a support hotline monitored by community church pastors; and counseling services and sessions.
For safety, the event has been coordinated through the Mount Washington Police Department who will assist with traffic patterns and some possible road detours to accommodate the planned cross design. Organizers expect minimal impacts to drivers from this event.
If a church or organization, would like to participate, contact the sponsor through firstname.lastname@example.org by Nov. 1.