Please see a message from Fr Paul regarding Remembrance Sunday:
There will be the usual service at the cenotaph, although the choir will not be present, and it will be slightly shorter. I understand that some uniformed organisations will be laying wreaths. The service will begin at 10.45am and will probably finish at 11.15am. Because of social distancing and covid restrictions, and the lack of space, I cannot advertise it as a public service, I can only say if you are planning to attend you do so in full awareness of the restrictions laid down by parliament, especially observing social distancing.
Look at your poppy or that of someone sitting near you if you don’t have one. Poppies are bright and cheerful flowers: give thanks to God for the lives of those who have died in war, remembering all the joy they brought to families and friends, and all the good things they did for their home and their country.
“Then look at the red petals: red reminds us of danger and harm. Ask God to be close to those who are still facing danger each day, to give courage to the armed forces, and compassion to all who help others.
“Place your whole hand over the poppy: poppies are also fragile and need to be handled gently. God cares for those who are hurting and those who are sad. Ask God to comfort all who are grieving the loss of someone they love.
“Finally place a finger on the centre of the poppy: ask God to help you play your part in working for peace in the world.”
The Revd Canon Sandra Millar
As we are not able to celebrate Remembrance Sunday as we would normally, we would like to commemorate those by painting a poppy on a stone and placing it at the memorial bench in St Paulinus Church.
We have also asked our local schools to do this at some of the war graves in church.
Thank you to class 5SM from Mayplace School who came to visit the churchyard today to lay their poppies on some of the war graves.
Whilst they were here they also read the poem ‘In Flanders Field’, a moving tribute to all of our fallen soldiers.
Have a look at their hard work below….well done all.
St Paulinus School
Thank you to Y5 from St Paulinus School who placed their poppy stones on William White’s grave and said a prayer.
Thank you to the pupils at Haberdashers Temple Grove who decorated a poppy stone.
If you would like to make your own poppy here are some instructions from Margery and the craft club.
Sunday School activities for Remembrance Sunday