A place of memory
29 October 2018 IN: Parish News
Sunday 11 November will be a very special day, when communities across the land mark Armistice 100, the centenary of the end of World War 1. People will gather to remember the millions who lost their lives in the Great War, and in conflicts since, in the service of our country.
To mark the centenary, ghostly figures of WW1 soldiers or ‘Tommies’ will be springing up all over the UK as part of a nationwide art installation called ‘There But Not There’. Community groups will also be hosting ‘silhouette installations’, comprising seated Tommy figures that can be seen one minute but not the next. A number of our churches will be hosting Tommies, including St George in Mossley, where ten figures will sit among the congregation, reminding people that behind the names on the war memorials were real people who lived in the community and probably worshipped in the church before signing up.
The Revd David Warner, Vicar of Mossley, is hoping lots of people will visit the church to see the figures, which will be placed around the building in the week preceding Remembrance Sunday.
He said, “The church as a place of memory for the community is really important, being the central location where the names of servicemen are recorded and displayed. We have an opportunity here to be a place of welcome for people who wouldn’t normally come to church but want to pay their respects on this important occasion.”
St George’s will be open every day from 5 to 11 November, with special events organised for local schools and an exhibition created by Mossley Civic Society and local historians. On 10 November Dr Rachel Mann will read some war poetry, followed by a vigil starting at 6.30pm led by Bishop Mark Davies.
All are very welcome to attend and more details can be found on St George’s webpage