we are coming into that time of year which is always a time, a short season, of remembering and remembrance. But as with so many things, this year, it’s different.
The days we are most familiar with are Remembrance Day (the 11th Nov) and Remembrance Sunday the nearest Sunday, this year that’s the 8th.and that of course is a day of remembering and honouring our war heroes.Those who were willing to give their lives for the sake of others.
As well as that national day of remembrance, about a week beforehand, much of the Christian church also keeps a more personal time of remembrance – which we call All Souls Day – which is a day of remembering and giving thanks for any of our loved ones who have died – we always love them, and miss them, and cherish their memory and so we give a special day of intentionally doing that in the light of God’s promise of everlasting life. This year, this will be more poignant for many who because of Covid restrictions, have not been able to have the kind of funerals they would have wanted for their loved ones.
And then thirdly, this year to put alongside those other acts of remembering, we also need to remember and give thanks for those who have been and continue to be on the Covid frontline, working in the NHS or Social Care, in food retail or production, our emergency services and essential services workers, our teachers.So many people within our own community keeping things going for the sake of us all.
So I’d like to invite anyone who wants to, to join in with Acts of Remembering for all of those things this year. To remember our war heroes and our Covid heroes and our own personal bereavements. Please see here for how to take part.
This was a wonderful event – Saturday evening, with a comfortably full church at All Saints, Newland. Royal Forest of Dean Male Voice Choir and Forest of Dean Brass performed both separately and together, the last combined piece being ‘Union’ commemorating the Union Pit disaster of 1902, composed by band director Chris Howley.
There were other pieces too, including the opening title of Star Wars, inspired by the filming at Puzzle Wood – with Darth Vader to announce it in the pulpit!
The prayer that opened the concert: Creator God, you are God of the past, the present and the future and hold both the dead and the living in your hands. Be present with us now as we celebrate our mining heritage, be present as we commemorate those who lost their lives, be present as we celebrate our musical heritage through brass and voice, and by your light lead us into a future of renewed connection to our landscape and creative expression of our unique character. Your kingdom come, and your will be done, here in the beautiful Forest of Dean, through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.
Good news! Work is due to start on Redbrook Church Roof on January 11th. Redbrook Church has been awarded a grant, in a competitive national scheme, for roof repairs of £34,600! Hooray!
We still need to raise a little bit more money to go with that grant in order to get the work completed. We need just £500.
If you would like to donate directly to our Redbrook Roof Appeal, you can do so here Any money raised over the target will be directed to the floor project fund. We hope the renewal of the floor will be able to proceed shortly after the roof is completed.
Many of us are moved by the crisis of refugees from Syria and other places in the world that has been developing for some years, but gained greater media coverage in recent weeks and months. Whilst the political discussions continue about how to act both immediately and for the long term, there are some things that we can do. See page under the Community tab. If you have other ideas, let us know and we may add them to this page. We will do our best to keep this page as up-to-date and helpful as possible.
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