We are gathered together on the cusp of an important weekend for many in our communities, made all the more challenging as we are readying ourselves for a four week lock down. This is the first of two communications from me this week.
~ Remembrance Sunday ~
As COVID-19 continues to spread in our nation and neighbourhoods the Government has asked that all public worship in church be suspended from Thursday 5th November. With that in mind we have taken the difficult decision to ensure the safety of all, to move our Acts of Remembrance online this year. This is not a decision we have taken lightly.
This will make our communal remembering different and 'not the same' but we are living through extraordinary times and sometimes we need to make extraordinary decisions.
Our worship for Sunday 8th November, therefore, looks like this:
9.30am A Sung Eucharist on Zoom.
Please contact the Vicar for joining details and ensure you have joined the service by 9.25am.
10.50am A Community Act of Remembrance. You can join this service via our website www.theparishofmillendandheronsgatewithwesthyde.org.
Names of the fallen from the communities of Mill End, West Hyde, Maple Cross and Heronsgate will be read out and wreaths will be laid. You can follow the service using the service sheet here plus a further resource to aid your remembering available here.
If you would like to remember in your own way, I enclose some suggestions of things you might like to do in the lead up to Remembrance Sunday or Armistice Day next week. Other materials are available here.
On Sunday the bells at St Peter's, St Thomas' and St John's will all be rung from 10.58am and will cease at 11.00am to mark two minutes silence to remember those who have died and who continue to die in the World Wars and wars since. The bells will ring again at 11.02am to mark the end of the silence. You may wish to go and stand on your doorstep during this time. You may also find the resources on this page on the Church of England website a source of inspiration: https://www.churchofengland.org/more/media-centre/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-churches/remembrance-day-2020
Please be assured of my ongoing prayers for you all.