The Bethlehem Peace Light, a flame from the perpetual fire housed in the grotto at the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, will be on display at the Waquoit Congregational Church in East Falmouth on Saturday, December 15, from 4 to 6 PM. The light, brought to Waquoit from Bethlehem through scouting organizations, is under the care of Falmouth Girl Scout Troop 62754. It was presented to the church by Mashpee Boy Scout Troop 36.
Since 1986, the Peace Light has been transported from Bethlehem to Austria, where is distributed to delegations who take it back, with a message of peace, to their own countries for use at ecumenical services. The Peace Light first came to New York in 2001 with Canadian Scouts who brought it to Ground Zero. This is the fourth year Waquoit Congregational Church has housed the flame.
Girl Scout Troop 62754 will sponsor a prayer station in the church dedicated to peace. Visitors are invited to bring an oil lamp or enclosed candle, or other device to hold the flame as it is transported. The event is free and open to the public.
The Bethlehem Peace Light will be featured every Sunday during worship at the Waquoit Church during the Advent and Christmas seasons. The church is at 15 Parsons Lane (corner of Route 28) in East Falmouth. To contact the church, call 508-548-5269.