Tower College’s World Peace Day Service took place on Friday 22nd September 2017, at St Ann’s Church in Rainhill. This inspiring celebration has been held annually since 2004, on the Friday closest to the 21st of September, which coincides with the same date in 2002, when the United Nations designated it an International Day of Peace.
“If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other”
– Mother Teresa
Our contribution to this global objective is by collectively talking and singing, in a bid for peace throughout the world, starting with each other.
The service itself begins with an introduction from the Head Boy and Head Girl followed by the hymn Peace, Perfect Peace.
Followed by our Year 7 pupils telling us what peace means to them. It is interesting to hear how each child deciphers the meaning of peace for themselves. Some opt for global peace, whilst others seem to focus to achieving peace rather closer to home, with their siblings for example. Who can define the true meaning? It is for interpretation on a personal level and one in which the children have their own individual perspective.
“Peace begins with a smile” – Mother Teresa
It is awe inspiring to watch the determination etched on the faces of our children, as they make their own personal contribution. None more so than when the church is filled with singing as the whole congregation join together in song, “He’s got the whole world in his hands” and handmade doves are given out to random children to mark the sentiment that peace is possible.
“Peace cannot be kept by force; it can only be achieved by understanding”
The service draws to a close with the whole school singing “No wars will stop us singing”, with words by Don Black and music by Debbie Wiseman followed by a blessing and closing words from our Principal Miss Oxley.
Thanks go to all involved, including the parents who came along to show their support. Our offering will serve to reinforce the sentiment of the U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, who said “Peace is one of humanity’s most precious needs”.
A huge thankyou to to Miss TJ Beaumont for the wonderful photographs and article.
And an even bigger thank you to Mr Wells for organizing the whole event.