I hope you are keeping well.
Arrangements for this year’s very different Remembrance Sunday reflect where we are as a nation and also what is happening in the wider world. However, it remains a time to reflect, give thanks for the sacrifices made by those who came before us to defend freedom, and to commit ourselves to peace and reconciliation today.
The Royal British Legion have asked that rather than gather as normal to keep the 2 minute’s silence, this should be done in our homes, on our doorsteps or in our gardens. Their theme for 2020 is ‘Coming Home’, as we protect others by our decisions and actions today, just as servicemen and women protected our homes in different contexts. The RBL’s guidance on remembrance can be found here
Due to social distancing, it hasn’t been possible to run the poppy appeal in the usual way, but the RBL’s vital work must continue. Please may I encourage you to give as generously as you can. The link to the RBL donation page is here
What is happening locally? All our churches and churchyards will be open during the day for those who wish to pay their respects, lay wreaths or other tributes. There will also be a short act of remembrance in Claxton churchyard at 10:45. You are welcome to visit the memorials, but please remember to maintain 2m social distancing at all times, wear masks inside church and do not touch any tributes apart from those you have brought.
Helen and I will also make a video act of worship that will be posted on surlingham.org
With best wishes and prayers for you and all who you remember at this time.
Rev Nick Garrard