Remembrance Sunday 2016
Church News | Monday, 14 November 2016 |
It’s always a privilege for us to attend the annual Remembrance Sunday Service at St Mary’s w St Leonard’s Church. It was a beautiful, crisp, autumn day, with the sun’s rays piercing through the trees that surround the church. The church was packed to greet the Broomfield Cubs and Scouts along with many members of Broomfield’s Royal British Legion. The regular congregation gave way to those who had come to pay their respects and lay wreaths on the memorial in church and to lay wreaths on the war graves in St Mary’s Churchyard.
The service began with a few words from Revd Carolyn then all went quiet as the names of the fallen of Broomfield were read out, those who gave their lives in The Great War 1914-1918 and the Second World War 1939-1945.
Malcolm Taylor, the Branch Chairman read the Exhortation before the Last Post was played and the Church fell silent for Two Minutes as we remembered those who gave their lives for us and for our country’s freedom.
Following Reveille four wreaths were laid on the church remembrance window and during the first hymn the Standards were taken to the Altar where they were received by the ministry team.
Revd Carolyn, Vicar and Chaplain to the Royal British Legion, Broomfield Branch, formally welcomed everyone to the church and introduced Roger Cole who read a poem by John Baily called ‘Taking a stand’. It was a beautiful, moving poem made ever more poignant by the meaningful delivery of the words.
The scripture reading was taken from Revelation 21: 1-7 read by Rev’d Julie which talks of a new heaven and a new earth, scripture that Rev’d Carolyn based her address on. We than sang ‘All people that on earth do dwell’, and after prayers we sang that wonderful hymn ‘I vow to thee my country’.
Following the final blessing and close of the church service many people made their way down the churchyard path to the four war graves where a prayer of remembrance was said, the Exhortation was spoken followed by The Kohima Epitaph. A prayer followed the two-minute silence then individual poppies and wreaths were laid. Wreaths were laid in remembrance of the RASC/RCT Association.
After the short service at the war graves everyone was made welcome to have refreshments that had been laid on at the Royal British Legion Branch in Broomfield…