On the 15th of June, the congregation of St. Peter’s commemorated Youth Day in a very special way. The service started with a prayerful protest in solidarity with the 276 school girls being held by the militant group Boko Haram in Nigeria.
Congregants stood on the main road as well as outside the church gates holding aloft placards demanding the release of the girls, and invoking God’s protection for them. One passing motorist hooted in approval.
After a few moments of silence, prayers were led by visiting priest, Rev. Jeanette Pierson who, at the start of her sermon later on, described the protest action as “moving”. She commended the congregation for this expression of concern for others, and for its willingness to take a stand for what is right.
The placards, which were made by the young people of the congregation, were left on display outside the church, as an ongoing reminder to parishioners and community members to keep praying for the captive girls, and to make whatever contribution they can to securing their release.