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Tetbury Advertiser:  November 2020


November is a time for remembering.


As the autumn leaves turn and fall, it feels right that the Church also pauses and takes time to reflect and remember.


This begins by marking All Souls’ on Sunday 1st November, which is a special time for people to remember loved ones who have died.  This year, as we cannot safely accommodate our traditional church service, people are warmly invited to call into St Marys’ Church between 10.30am and 4.30pm, for a time of quiet reflection and perhaps to light a candle.  I will then lead a service online at 6pm that evening, with hymns, prayers and readings, of course including reading the names of those who have died recently.  You can share this service by going to St Marys’ website at 6pm that day:


Understandably, restrictions also mean that this year we are invited to mark Remembrance Sunday on 8th November in different ways.  One idea is for everybody to put up poppy displays or pictures in their front window.  This would be wonderful sign of respect and remembering, just as the image of a rainbow has become our shared symbol of “thank you” to the NHS and key workers.


There will be a very simple wreath-laying ceremony at the War Memorial, although again restrictions mean this is limited to invited representatives of the organisations involved.  But of course, later in the afternoon everyone is invited to make time to walk past the Memorial, taking a few moments for their personal remembrance.


We will all miss the church service, with the building packed with people, as it just isn’t possible to accommodate people safely.  And, sadly, we will also forego the March Past and Parade.  But I hope and pray that we will all find special ways to remember as we share in marking this Remembrance on Sunday 8th November, perhaps using the words of the opening prayer of our traditional service:

O Lord, our maker and our strength, from whose love in Christ we can never be parted either by death or defeat: May our remembrance this day deepen our sorrow for the loss and wastes of war, make us more grateful to those who courageously gave their lives to defend this land and commonwealth; and may all who bear the scars and memories of conflicts, past and present, know your healing love for the sake of Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace.  Amen.


God be with you through this time of remembering.


With love and prayers, Poppy (The Revd Poppy Hughes, Parish Priest)


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