With All Soul’s, Remembrance Sunday and Armistice all falling in November, it is a time to look back, to mourn, but also to look forward with hope. Despite the challenges of Covid, church communities will still gather, either online or in person, to remember loved ones lost recently and those who lost their lives in service to their country.
This year in particular, All Souls can offer a space for grieving for those who may not have been able to say farewell in the way they would have chosen; may not have been able to grieve alongside family and friends at a funeral or held a service to give thanks for a life well-lived.
Space to grieve is important, as those who sent the names of loved ones to be included in the recent ‘From Lamentation to Hope’ service with Wells Cathedral testified. The service ”went some way towards beginning to heal the pain of inevitably sparsely attended services” said one family member. This service is available to watch or share with others. Go to YouTube.com/BathandWells.
Church of England resources
Resources for churches planning remembrance services can be found on the Church of England website Remembering and Remembrance page. There are also resources on the Church Support Hub’s a Season to Remember page.
There will be an All Souls or Remembrance service available to watch on the Church of England website on 1 and 8 November or take a look at this summary in their recent mailing.
Bath and Wells remembers
Frome is planning on doingdifferently this year. Rev and the local British Legion are planning on it being “Something special. Not less, just different”. Watch the video to find out more.
If you are planning on doing things differently this year, please do let us know. Email the comms team
If you are planning on holding a remembrance service, please do make sure you update your AChurchNearYou.com page.