Planning for the Past

Published on: 30 March 2018

This year sees the conclusion of our World War One commemorations when we mark the centenary of the Armistice signed on 11 November 1918.

As 11 November falls on a Sunday, we can expect more people than usual at our services and events. During 2018 resources and news will be posted on the Diocesan website, but the time to start preparing is NOW. Here are some suggestions:

  • Look at local stories. Every parish has a unique story to tell about how people reacted to news of the Armistice. Are there local historians who can help? What did the papers report? Were special services recorded in the registers Have a hunt around in the vestry and dusty cupboards – you’ll be amazed at what our ancestors didn’t throw away! If you make a display, it’s another reason for people to visit your church
  • Look out for national events and campaigns. Look out for news in the media and the Royal Pageant Master’s website for details of the ‘Battle’s Over’ events at
  • Collaborate with others. Community organisations such as schools and uniformed groups will also be preparing concerts, exhibitions and events. For example, South Walsham Guides are staging a musical production ‘Keep the Home Fires Burning’ which will link in with Remembrance in the parish. Small grants for centenary projects are available from the Norfolk Community Foundation
  • Prepare for Remembrance Sunday. Start to think of how you wish to use this year’s service to embrace the themes of remembrance, reconciliation and peace. Look out for liturgies from the Church of England or Royal British Legion websites which will be published during the year.

This centenary year is an important opportunity for the church to connect with our wider communities. We hope that your PCC is already thinking about how we can welcome more people to special acts of worship and share the gospel of hope in a world that remains troubled and divided. The Tourism and Open Churches Mission Action Team (TOMAT) would love to hear of your plans and are happy to answer questions and offer advice if required.

For further information contact Eliza Greenwell

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