When we remember 1918, we reflect on a time of great hope and great sadness for our country. We recall our part in the horrors of war and the darkness that drives humanity to violence. But we also remember the promise of peace. On 4 August 1918, many in this country came together with King George V to pray for peace: 100 days later the Great War ended.
Archbishop Justin Welby
Our church bells are going to be ringing out over the town of Grays no less than four times in the week leading up to, and including, Remembrance Sunday.
Battle's Over: A Service of Reflection and Remembrance
Sunday 11th November at 6:30pm, St Peter & St Paul's
To mark 100 years since the end of the First World War, we will be holding a short service of reflection and remembrance at 6:30pm on Sunday 11th November at St Peter & St Paul's. The service will use readings, poetry and music to reflect on the human cost of war, and will contain an act of commitment to work together for peace in whatever way we can.
The service will end at 7:05pm with the ringing of the bells, when our bell-ringers will join hundreds of other towers around the country to ring in remembrance of the over 1,400 bell-ringers who lost their lives during the war, and to celebrate the peace that began 100 years ago.
Our Rector, the Reverend Canon Darren Barlow, our curate Reverend Suzie Fryer and the Choir of St Peter & St Paul's will be helping to lead the civic act of remembrance at the War Memorial at the top of Grays' High Street, gathering with representative of the armed forces, townspeople and other dignitaries, commencing at 10:45am on Sunday 11th November.