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The United Benefice of Withington, Sevenhampton with Charlton Abbots, Hawling, Whittington, Dowdeswell and Andoversford, Shipton and Cold Salperton

This month's letter from the clergy

Continuing to Remember

Dear friends,

November is the ‘remembering’ month with both the annual Remembrance Services and our own annual Memorial (All Souls) Service. Last year Remembrance Day marked the centenary of the end of the first World War. It was a very special occasion which lots going on nationally and very memorable services locally with excellent turn-outs. This year clearly will not have that centenary flavour. But the need to remember those who have given their lives and who have been affected by war goes on.

Every year sadly sees conflicts in various parts of the world and we are made aware of the suffering that results. We also pledge ourselves afresh to do what we can to make the world a more just and a more peaceful place. Do come and share in our services.

Jesus warned that there will always be ‘wars and rumours of wars’ right up until his return. We must continue to be peace-makers and stand up for oppressed. We must care for those afflicted by war - both combatants and non-combatants. And we must not the disagreements in our own country degenerate into acts of violence. We need to respect those we disagree with and all work to build communities marked by love and compassion.

Our annual Memorial Service gives a quiet service for people to remember their own loved ones who have died. We invite those who we have contact with over the last 15 months, but it is open for anyone to come, no matter when you lost your loved one. You can choose to light a candle and/or have their name read out at the service. If possible do let us know in advance you are coming. There will be refreshments after the service, which is in the Andoversford Community Church (see separate ad in this magazine).