After some lively celebrations around the villages for Harvest, it’s now time to turn our attention to Remembrance in different ways. On 1st November we had our All Souls Service of Remembering at All Saints, Marthall at 7.30pm. This was a service to spend time in reflection, prayer and silence; and to light a candle. We welcomed those who have had a recent bereavement and those who wanted to remember a lost loved one. Grief comes in many ways and at different times, it can be helpful to lift them again to God in prayer and remember them. We have this service around this time each year – alternating between Marthall and Chelford churches.
On Saturday 10th November at 10.45am there will be a short Act of Remembrance at the Memorial in the churchyard at All Saints, Marthall – and on Sunday 11th November at 10.00am a Remembrance Service in Chelford church with Act of Remembrance. This year we are marking the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War. We will be joined by many people from the village communities, uniformed groups, etc. Also on the 10th November there will be a First World War exhibition at Lower Withington Village Hall with refreshments available. Well worth a visit.
At Chelford Church there will be a display of poppies, kindly knitted by various folk from the parish – some of the children from Chelford School have also contributed. It will be wonderful to see such a display on this important occasion – hopefully photos in the next edition! A big thank you to all you knitters! So, it will be a busy month with Bonfire Night thrown into the mix. These things happen each year, yet often catch us by surprise.
Do remember that Sunday by Sunday around the churches in the benefice we celebrate Holy Communion together as we remember the sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the Cross, his death and resurrection that brings life and hope to us of a better way than war, whatever ‘side’ anyone was on, war in all its forms is surely something we want to avoid. May we remember with hope and pray that current conflicts would cease, particularly thinking of the dreadful situation in the Yemen, we pray for solutions and consideration for so many children.
Revd Gerri Tetzlaff