Each year Remembrance Sunday has a particular poignancy as many people gather to remember with gratitude those who died in armed conflicts since the Great War. However, this year there will be an understandable special resonance, with Armistice Day falling on Remembrance Sunday on the centenary of the end of the First World War.
At St. Nicholas we will be marking the centenary with a short act of Remembrance within our main morning services at 9.15am and 10.50am, Sunday 11th November. Our preacher at both services will be Brigadier Ian Dobbie whose own grandfather, later to become Gen. Dobbie, played a significant part in the Armistice in the early hours of 11th November 1918.
That morning, I will be leading the Civic Service at the Vine War Memorial in a service to be attended by the Mayor, the MP for Sevenoaks and other local dignitaries, before also assisting in the laying of crosses at the war graves in Greatness Cemetery. It is a privilege to be invited to assist in these events which draw many who would not normally attend a religious event.
However, before all this, on Thursday 8th November at 8pm in St. Nicholas Church, we will be holding a special event entitled ‘We will remember them’. On this evening we will have the opportunity to reflect together through World War One poetry and music about the cost of war. We will be assisted by Professor David Killingray who will set the scene from a historical perspective and Brig Ian Dobbie who will speak of his grandfather’s role. I will share some reflections from the Bible which I trust will speak to guests and visitors about the need to seek the Lord at these times of upheaval in our lives. Please join me and invite your friends to join us so that they can also reflect on these things and be assisted to seek Christ amidst all the issues they may be facing.
(Rector, St. Nicholas Sevenoaks)