This year churches across the country are joining forces for an extended period of remembrance as the Nation marks the centenary of the end of the First World war. Their actions will echo an event which took place in that final year of the War, when King George V called for a national day of prayer. One hundred days later the nation’s prayers were answered when the fighting finally ceased but only after 700,000 British troops, along with millions of people worldwide, had been killed.
Remembrance Sunday is always a significant event at St. Peter’s. The Church is packed by villagers and large numbers of children from local uniformed organisations attend the service. Later they gather around the War Memorial on the Village Green where members of the four churches share hymns, prayers and readings and a period of silence as the flag is lowered.
The new campaign encourages churches to use special prayers, Bible readings and reflections in the 100 days leading up to armistice day. The Archbishop of Canterbury has written the 6 R’s of reconciliation as part of the initiative. Justin Welby says, “Our God is the one who brings peace to hearts and calls us not only to stop violence, but to seek reconciliation. His reconciliation asks that we disempower memories of destruction and their hold over individuals and societies. Through this we can learn to approach difference with curiosity and compassion, rather than fear – and begin to flourish together in previously unthinkable ways”
Anyone wanting to find out more or use the free online resources can do so at: www.remembrance100.co.uk/