A MORE COMPLETE LIST OF UP TO DATE WW1 COMMEMORATION RESOURCES WILL BE FOUND ON THE GUILDFORD DIOCESAN WEBSITE AT http://www.cofeguildford.org.uk/parish-life/world-war-1-commemoration/
From July 2014 all new materials and events will only be added there. There is no point in us maintaining two lists.
Prayers, music, literature and art are part of a pack of resources released by the Church of England’s Liturgical Commission today for parishes and groups to use to commemorate the centenary of World War One.
Specifically, it includes:
A selection of suitable readings from the Bible
Appropriate hymns, songs, music, literature and art
A selection of different kinds of prayer (including a Litany of remembrance)
An outline for a service around a War Memorial
An outline for a Vigil Service on 3 or 4 August 2014 (marking the centenary of the Declaration of War)
Material for use in a Requiem Eucharist.
Further material will be made available throughout the years of commemoration up to 2018.
A Church of England briefing notes for parishes, written by The Dean of Salisbury, can be seen at
Briefing Note for Parishes – Dec 2013
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For a variety of resources for adults and children, including an excellent DVD and a guide for churches and communities wishing to commemorate War, see the ‘Hope’ Website at http://www.hopetogether.org.uk/Groups/203992/HOPE/Mission_Moments/Remembrance/Remembrance.aspx
‘The First World War Then and Now’. The Heritage Lottery Fund has grants available for some community commemorations of WW1. See http://www.hlf.org.uk/HowToApply/whatwefund/FirstWorldWar/Pages/FirstWorldWar.aspx#.UufSbv04k3g
Details of events so far arranged by Guildford Diocese can be found at Publicity about all events March 2014
Copies of the 1914 ‘Active Service Gospel’ as given to servicemen at the time can be obtained from SGM Lifewords at http://www.sgmlifewords.com/uk/news/post/word-war
Surrey Heritage have a project that relates to the commemoration of WW1 that may be of interest. It is called “A County Remembers: Surrey in the Great War”.
The vision for the project is to create a publicly accessible website exploring the impact of the First World War on Surrey’s towns, villages, communities and residents. The lives and experiences of the County’s people will be actively researched by participants from schools, communities and organisations and will be enhanced with public contributions of family documents and stories. Full details via this link. http://www.exploringsurreyspast.org.uk/themes/subjects/military/surreys-first-world-war/remembers/
Church plans for a 1,000 poppies to bloom for the Great War Centenary
Poppies will be grown in the grounds of parish churches and Church of England schools across the country as an act of remembrance for the centenary of World War 1 by the Church of England.
The Archbishops of Canterbury and York are both urging church schools and churches to plant poppy seeds with them on April 30 to commemorate the centenary of World War One and help make the country awash with poppies.
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby , in an Instagram message, urges people to plant the seeds ‘to remember the terrible events of the First World War and as a sign of our hope in Jesus Christ for peace in the future.’
The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu welcomed the poppy planting initiative and said: “I encourage parishes and church schools across the country to join together to make many thousand flowers bloom as a tribute to the sacrifice of past generations Here in the grounds of Bishopthorpe, we too, are getting behind this community initiative. I have been inspired by the parishes of the new Diocese of Leeds (West Yorkshire and the Dales) and their shared efforts to mark the 100th anniversary of the Great War.”
Packs of Flanders poppies are on sale and can be bought at B&Q for £2 with a pound being donated to the RBL.
Resources including a special prayer are available at http://www.churchofengland.org/media-centre/news/2014/04/church-plans-for-a-thousand-flowers-bloom-for-the-great-war-centenary.aspx
Bible Society is marking this anniversary with an illustrated collection of psalms, poems and personal stories to aid reflection about the War. Adaptable to different circumstances, Hear My Cry also contains hymns and prayers and will be suitable for religious and civic ceremonies as well as for individual, personal use.
The majority of the personal stories are drawn from original research among families whose ancestors fought or died in the War. Many of the soldiers’ Bibles have survived, some with dramatic evidence of the part they played.
Sister Wendy Beckett provides a commentary on paintings by Pieter Bruegel and John Nash, and the moving words of poets such as Wilfred Owen, Eleanor Farjeon and Siegfried Sassoon are represented alongside other voices from the war years.
Hear My Cry also features a Foreword written by General the Lord Dannatt, Chief of the General Staff 2006-2009.
- selection of over 40 Psalms interspersed with poetry, personal stories from the war, archive photos and pictures, prayers and hymns
- commentaries by Sister Wendy Beckett on paintings by Pieter Bruegel and John Nash
- useful for religious and civic ceremonies and for people to take away
- a tool for personal reflection that is adaptable to different circumstances, individual and corporate
- an edition small enough to pocket yet detailed enough to engage.
For more stories and resources visit www.worldwar1bible.com