We do not need reminding that this year marks the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War, and as a parish we will be commemorating this in various ways over the weekend of 10th-11th November.
Our church host part of a national art installation ‘There but not there’, funded by an Armed Services Covenant Trust grant which aims to provide a ‘concluding image’ for the nation which began in with the iconic poppies at the Tower of London, and aims to make sure that those who fell in the First World War do not become just a name on the wall. If you missed last week’s short films about the aims of the charity, or would like to buy a Tommy figure, please go to www.therebutnotthere.org.uk. If there is enough interest we can also place a joint order to save on postage - please sign the list at the back of the church.
How can you help with the plans for the weekend?
There is still time to knit poppies... Can we make a magic 1000 flowers? Come along to the Knit and Natter group on Tuesday 10am-12noon in St Stephen Church. Black buttons, cake coffee and company freely available! If you have poppies already completed please start to bring them to church. They will be a central part of our exhibition and Remembrance Service.
We will be putting together an exhibition of wartime photographs. Do you have any images of parish or people during the war? Do you know anyone else who might have? Please let us know. We can scan in your original and display a copy to make sure your photo is kept safe.
We need your memories! Those 116 men whose names appear on the parish memorial are no longer names on the wall. Each man has a page in our ‘There but not there’ folder at St Stephen, and we would like to add personal memories to those pages, however vague the memories may be becoming. We hope that this folder will be a lasting, and personal, memorial. Were any of these men your relative? We need to hear from you.
Do you have a Tower of London Poppy? We know that there are a few around, and would like to gather them together for a display at the altar, thus bringing together the images from the start of the commemoration and this final art installation. We will keep them safe.
Please help us by sharing this post far and wide, and most importantly come and see the poppies and figures from Remembrance Weekend until the end of November.
A service of prayer and thanksgiving for those who have died. A quiet reflective service where we remember those we love and see no longer, whether they died recently or some time ago.
If you would like to remember your loved one by name please come in good time as names will be collected on arrival.
Everyone is very welcome, and the service will be followed by light refreshments.