Remembrance Day

Remembrance Day often sees non-church going children coming along to the church service.

Many come because they belong to one of the uniformed organisations: Cub Scouts, Brownies, Girls and Boys Brigades. They often have a role to play in these services - marching behind flags and banners, processing in church, laying wreaths at the war memorial.

How can we help them to understand their participation in these services?

As well as the formal Remembrance Day services there may well be families who will come along to a more informal service on that day.

How might we approach Remembrance with these families and children?

Remembrance Day resources

Prayer Stations: Courage: The story of Daniel was linked with the First World War, focussing on different kinds of courage: physical courage (individual bravery, Daniel in the lion's den); enduring courage (the Israelites in exile in Babylon, life in the trenches) and moral courage (Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, conscientious objectors).

Prayer Stations: Remembrance and Peace: Two simple prayer stations for Remembrance Day, one focussing on remembering the effects of war and the second on the need for peace.

Reconciliation: These five different stations were originally used on Good Friday and linked the Passion story with the rebuilding of Coventry Cathedral after the second world war by using prayers, images and stories. There were opportunites for prayer and creative response. They have since been used on Remembrance Day.