Our villages will all be marking Remembrance Sunday with the following services:
- The outdoor service at Birdingbury will also begin at their war memorial at 10.45 am. Here are the service sheet and risk assessment
- Bourton & Frankton’s joint outdoor service will begin at Bourton War Memorial at 10.45 am
- All Saints’ Stretton is once again closed, so our planned service this Sunday will not take place. View videos of the act of remembrance and the laying of wreaths on the two war graves in the churchyard with a laminated copy of the Act of Remembrance for you to use and the names of those on our memorial. We would also ask that you mark Armistice Day on Wednesday, 11th November by standing outside your house at 11.00 am for two minutes silence.
act of remembrance
This year is the 100th anniversary of the tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Westminster Abbey. The tomb of the Unknown Soldier represents the many soldiers who lost their lives in the Great War and whose bodies were never identified. It can also represent the vast number of people whose lives were changed forever by that war, their pain and suffering known only to themselves.
This year there can be no collective services of Remembrance due to the social isolation we are in, and speaking to a number of people it is clear that they now feel so isolated and perhaps this should remind us that the suffering of war extended to the loved ones, the families and the communities who could only wait and hope.
They are the people we can easily forget in our remembrance acts, but who suffered in the separation from those loved ones far away. There were wives, girl-friends, children, siblings, parents, friends and whole communities who could do nothing more than wait. They waited for news, yet at the same time dreading it since news was so often bad news. On this Remembrance Day as we rightly remember the people who sacrificed their lives, or were prepared to sacrifice their lives for their country, let us remember also the many who bore that terrible suffering in their waiting, often for the rest of their lives.
- Morning Prayer at 9.00 am will take place on Zoom. Please contact your church warden for access details.
- Coventry Cathedral will broadcast their Eucharist and Act of Remembrance at 10.00 am