Join with millions marking Remembrance Day 

This year, we all have the chance to mark the centenary of the end of World War 1. On 11 November 2018, people around the country will observe Remembrance Sunday. They will be reflecting on the lives that were changed irrevocably, and those that were lost. 

Some 65 million men were mobilised across Europe during World War 1. Nearly a third of them – some 21 million – were wounded. Another 8.5 million were killed and some 7.7 million were taken prisoners of war. All of them had family and friends whose lives were changed forever by the events of 1914-1918. 

This year also gives us the chance to remember but also to pray and work for peace. 

There are many ways in which you, your community, church or school can get involved. And, over the coming months, we’ll be keeping you in touch with ways in which you can join in. But here are a few big dates for your diary. 

4 August 2018: One hundred years on from a national day of prayer called by George V, this will be the first day of 100 days of prayer across the country, running until Armistice Day in November. Every day there will be prayers and actions for peace. You can sign up to take part and spend just a few minutes of your day, adding your prayers to those of tens of thousands more. 

11 November 2018: there will be Remembrance Services around the country. Many will be followed by Peace Parties.

Lots of organisations are working hard to provide you with the resources you need to stage your local event. 

There will be: 
  • Ideas and prayers for 100 days of peace from 4 August to 11 November 2018.
  • A guide on how to hold a peace party for your community
  • A short video based on Revelation 21:3-4, verses about peace, to show at your Remembrance Day event
  • A pocket-sized booklet to give to all those attending your Remembrance event, including a special prayer written by the Archbishop of Canterbury
  • Ways in which your young people can get involved 
But, if you want to get ahead now, there are already some resources available:
We’ll be announcing more exciting plans and resources over the coming months and look forward to hearing your stories of how you’ll be remembering and praying for peace.  Click here to see how churches used a Silent Night Carols event to mark the centenary of the 1914 Christmas Truce.
 

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