November is known in the Church’s Year as the Kingdom Season. Lasting from All Saints Day through to Advent Sunday, this is a season of remembering and of remembrance, during which, we reflect on loss.
We commemorate the Holy Men and Women of the Church (All Saints) and our own loved ones departed (All Souls), and we remember all who have died as a result of war and conflict (Remembrance Day).
However, this year, losses have come in many other guises, including
- the loss of freedom - how we socialise, shop and live our daily lives
- a loss of contact for families with elderly or infirm relatives in care homes or children living away
- unmarked grief - due to restricted numbers permitted to gather, many have been unable to attend the funerals of family members, friends and colleagues.
- Economic losses - from the loss of income and jobs to small business owners, whose hopes and dreams as well as their livelihood are at risk
- the loss of opportunities for children and young people – fewer activities taking place; impacts on education; young adults leaving school and moving to Universities or seeking jobs in these difficult times
- the loss of important, treasured community events that make up the fabric of community life which have had to be abandoned this year
Regrettably, the current restrictions apply equally to the Church as they do to any other organisation, institution or household. This means that the ways in which the Kingdom Season would traditionally be marked, and our community supported, must be adapted. We cannot do what we have done in the past, but we can do something by discovering new ways of remembering and remembrance.
Monday 2nd November
A small service, with prayers and the reading out of the names of those who we know have died in the past twelve months will be recorded. This service will then be posted on our Facebook page to watch.
Sunday 8th November
Subject to any further changes in the current guidance and regulations, a small service will be held with invited representatives. The service will be livestreamed and available to watch on our Facebook page. We are asked to mark the 11 a.m. silence in our homes or gardens, and are invited to clap for the veterans at the end of the silence.
A Message from New Mills Town Council | Remembrance 2020
Remembering and Remembrance at Home
- Prayer Cards and Candles to use at home are available from various shops in our community. (Shepley's Butchers, Juice Graphics, Wiseheart & Wild, Priscilla's Cards & Gifts and High Street Books)
- We have created a memories page on our website. Photographs or a short paragraph (max. 200 words) can be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org
- You may wish to lay a stone in the outline of a cross in the Churchyard. This might be in memory of a loved one departed, in remembrance of those who have died in wars or conflicts, or even as an expression of concern for or solidarity with those experiencing some form of loss in whatever form during the current Coronavirus pandemic. You are welcome to paint messages on these. Please collect them before the end of November, after which, any uncollected stones will be removed. Examples of the stones can be seen below.
- Various Prayers will be posted around the Churchyard