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
As we start the second lockdown, and events for Remembrance Sunday are changed or adapted Bishop Ruth has recorded a reflection for use in services. You can download the video from our YouTube channel and download the text below.
Frome is doing St John’s Frome YouTube channel.differently this year. Rev and the local British Legion have created a online Remembrance service which makes this year where people aren’t able to gather together, “Something special. Not less, just different”. Watch the video on the
Revd Jane Sutton, Assistant Curate of Alfred Jewel benefice has shared the booklet they have produced for Remembrance Sunday/Remembrance Day which they are happy for others to use. It can be emailed out and/or printed off and it has some of the content from the service they will be producing and sharing on their YouTube channel.
If you think it might be useful to others then please disseminate freely. Also people should feel free to adapt it for their own use. We put our clergy contact details on the back in case people need bereavement support.
Very best wishes
Revd Jane Sutton
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.