Monday, November 17, 2014

Remembrance Sunday

Some pictures from our Remembrance Sunday service. 

At the War Memorial with the choir and the Beavers, Cubs and Scouts

This year at Seal we asked for people's family stories of WW1. Stories came in of servicemen, of civilians affected by the war, of women nursing or doing war work, of conscientious objectors, of families dealing with the death of a father, husband or son, or of living with the long-term injuries, mental and physical of the war. The stories will remain up in church until the end of the month, when we will collect them into a display folder to be stored at the back of church. If you have a story you'd like to add, please feel free to add it.

At the beginning of the service all the congregations had been invited to light candles in the windows of the North Aisle. 

One of the stories in our collection had told of a young soldier, who had lied about his age in order to enlist. He had been declared missing, presumed dead, but his body was never found. His mother had lit a candle in the window every night, just in case he might come home. The candles we put in the window symbolised the way in which telling our stories "brought home" those who had died long ago, and reminded us that we are all "brought home" by God, and kept safe forever in his love.

The list of those who died, and those who served, with British Legion Standards.

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