All Souls’ Service
Each year, at the beginning of November, the Christian Church keeps All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day as a particular time when we remember all those who have gone before us. We share a service together, read out the names of everyone people wish to be remembered and light candles for them. Last year we even went outside, following what they do in South America, and those who wished to, lit candles, put them in jam jars and placed them on their loved one’s graves. A simple but powerful reminder of the Christian hope that love can overcome even death. And the whole occasion, as so often, was beautiful.
This year, as with so many things at present, we are going to need to do things differently, but with no less commitment to affection and love. We would like to hold this year’s All Souls’ Day service on:
Sunday 25th October at 4.pm, in St Andrew’s Church, Banwell
and Sunday 1st November at 4pm in St. Andrew’s Church, Congresbury
We welcome you to join us via a live stream, either Live on our Facebook page, or catch up later on our website or YouTube channel.
We would very much like you all to know that we will be thinking and praying for you at this time. It has been a very hard time, especially for those who have lost loved ones during this Pandemic, and we would like to re-iterate our offer that, when we are allowed to, we would like to offer for you and your family to have a “Thanksgiving Service” here at Church so that you can invite people to remember your loved ones in a way that would be appropriate to your wishes.
Sending you all our love as a Church.
Rev Matthew Thomson
To makes sure loved one’s names are remembered:
In previous year’s we would naturally have included people, BUT this year we need to ask you to MAKE SURE YOU SEND IN THE NAMES OF ALL THOSE YOU WOULD LIKE REMEMBERED because, as the service is online so people can access it from home, it comes under GDPR RULES, and so we can only read out those names we have received permission to do so. Please see below how to let us know the names you wish to include. We will assume for GDPR purposes that all names given you are happy to appear in the Livestream.
To ensure we have the names of your loved ones you would like remembered, please email them to:- email@example.com
To join us online via Live stream:
Either join us live on our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/NewCreationChurches/ or catch up later via the New Creation website: http://www.newcreationchurches.org.uk/ or New Creation YouTube Channel : https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCXn34qIXlXBeOAmO1M1KbBw/
In addition to joining in with the service, we would encourage you to also consider getting a nightlight or a candle together so you can “light a candle and remember at home” as part of the service.
Remembrance and Armistice
We recognise that these are both important services for the community. Unfortunately this year, due to social distancing guidelines, it is not possible to conduct our usual acts of Remembrance.
Instead we ask you to join with us online to remember our brave men and women of the armed forces, both past and present and particularly this year we remember the 80th Anniversary of The Battle of Britain.
We will be holding services in both of our churches as usual, but unfortunately we can only accommodate invited representatives of uniform and community groups physically in the churches.
We kindly ask everyone else to follow the service live via our Facebook pages, or catch up later on our website. The Bell Ringers in both communities will very kindly be striking 11 O’Clock for us all to observe the 2 minutes silence.
Thank you for your understanding.
Sunday 8th November
St. Andrew’s, Congresbury, live-stream @ 10.30am to both the New Creation and Love Congresbury Facebook pages
St. Andrew’s, Banwell, live-stream @ 3pm to both the New Creation and Love Banwell Facebook pages
Wednesday 11th November
Live-stream from the War Memorial Hall in Congresbury @ 10.45am to the New Creation and Love Congresbury Facebook pages.