From the Pastors Desk




This year we mark the centenary of the end of World War 1. On Remembrance Sunday 11 November 2018, people around the Commonwealth will be reflecting on the lives that were changed irrevocably, and those that were lost. 

Some 65 million men were mobilised across Europe during World War 1. Nearly a third of them – some 21 million – were wounded. Another 8.5 million were killed and some 7.7 million were taken prisoners of war. All of them had family and friends whose lives were changed forever by the events of 1914-1918. This year gives us the chance to remember, but also to pray and work for peace, looking forward with hope. 

With the Armistice Centenary on November 11 coinciding with Britain's Remembrance Sunday, the traditional ceremony at the Cenotaph will conclude with an expanded march-past of 10,000 people chosen by ballot.

As part of the day’s commemorations, Britain and Germany are joining in a call for bells of all kinds to be rung globally to replicate the outpouring of relief when the guns fell silent. The US has already made a similar appeal to Americans.

Britain’s church bells, which had largely been silenced during the Great War, started ringing out in celebration as news of the Armistice spread.

"On the centenary of the Armistice, it is right that we come together to give thanks to those who paid the ultimate sacrifice and those who returned home to help shape the world we live in today," UK Culture Secretary Jeremy Wright says.