Wednesday 28th October 2020 10:01
Even when there is a COVID crisis we are still going to hold Remembrance Sunday.
Our usual Remembrance Sunday service will happen in church at 9.30am. There will be an act of remembrance at the church war memorial, some bible readings and a talk, some prayers and an act of commitment. This will finish about 10.30 so that the congregation are free to #RememberAtHome at 11.00am.
Also at 11.00 there will be a private wreath laying ceremony at the Hungerford war memorial in Bridge Street and because this is an invitation only event the church will video the wreath laying and upload it to our YouTube channel at 12.00noon. Our hope is that those who are remembering at home can watch the Queen and Prime Minister at the Cenotaph in London at 11.00am and the Mayor and the Constable in Hungerford at 12.00.
I believe it is of crucial importance to remember those who gave their lives and those who still live with the injuries of war. They are a shining example for us at this time. They left home and many fought in dreadful conditions to preserve our freedoms and all we are being asked to do is to stay at home, in the warm and the dry with plenty of food. There really is nothing to grumble about.
My prayer this Remembrance Sunday we will see our lives from a fresh perspective and realise that relative to those on the front line and those who have lost loved ones and those who have lost their jobs, for most of us, a lockdown and wearing a mask is a small price to pay and a simple way to show that we love our neighbours as ourselves.