New for 2018
To commemorate 100 years since the end of World War 1, get involved in 100 days of prayer for peace, hope and reconciliation. Engage in innovative peacemaking activities where you are.
Remembrance 100 begins on Saturday 4 August with prayer for peacemaking. It concludes on Sunday 11 November as we mark Armistice Day/Remembrance Sunday.
Some outstanding ecumenical resources have been devised by Hope with contributions from members of the Methodist family:
- the President of the Methodist Conference (2018/2019), the Revd Michaela A Youngson
- the President-Designate (2019/2020), the Revd Dr Barbara Glasson
- Methodist ministers the Revds Enid Gordon, Gary Hall, John Howard, Peter Howson, Mike Long and Rachel Parkinson
- General Secretary of the Wesley Historical Society, Dr John Hargreaves
- Heritage Officer, Owen Roberts
- Emeritus Professor of History at the University of York and President of the Wesley Historical Society, Prof Edward Royle.
Silence - a 32 page booklet for Remembrance Sunday
HOPE resources also available.
A hymn has been specially commissioned for this anniversary by Methodist Presbyter, Rev Dr Andrew Pratt, and is available via Singing the Faith plus. It can be also be found on Andrew’s blog.
This is what heritage in the Methodist Church is about - contemporary mission. Not dwelling in the past, but using our history to signpost a way to transform the future through the love of ChristJoanne Hibbard, Director of Engagement in the Connexional Team
For more information visit www.remembrance100.co.uk
In 2014 HOPE and HOPE's partners prepared resources to help churches to mark the centenary of World War 1 at the heart of local communities. Visit www.hopetogether.org.uk/christmas for all the resources to hold a Silent Night Carols event to mark the centenary of the 1914 Christmas Truce.
A new version of Silent Night (Christ The Saviour Is Born), commissioned by HOPE and Integrity music, has been recorded by multi-platinum-selling tenor Paul Potts. The Welsh singer won the first series of ITV's Britain's Got Talent in 2007.
CVM (Christian Vision for Men) in partnership with HOPE Together have created the Greater Love DVD resource for churches, to help them lead their communities in commemorating the centenary of the start of World War One.
It's endorsed by the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Archbishop of York and the Prince of Wales.
It features testimonies from current and former servicemen and their families and has a very 'seeker-friendly' Gospel presentation using WW1 as a backdrop.
Free ROOTS Service
Remembering war and building peace
An all-age service to commemorate the First World War
4 August 2014 marks the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War and over the next five years significant events during that conflict will be commemorated.
This service offers a biblical context based around the story of Joshua in which to begin our reflections on a long and epoch-making conflict.
Voices of 1914-1918: Wartime letters
The service draws upon the correspondence of serving soldiers and their families to help worshippers get in touch with the experience and feelings of those involved at the front and at home.
The ideas are easily adaptable to local contexts, for example, people could be asked to bring in their own family memorabilia.
ROOTS resources are published in two magazines - Adult & All Age and Children & Young People, plus a supporting website.
If you'd like a free sample magazine, phone 0845 680 5317, or email firstname.lastname@example.org to request a copy.
The Worship Cloud Resources
A collection of material including two hymns (all royalties from the hymns will be donated to SAAFA through to 2018) and a complete order of service are available on www.theworshipcloud.com (previously Seed Resources)
Armed Forces Day of Prayer
The Armed Forces Day of Prayer took place on 28 July 2014, but these resources can be used at any service reflecting on war.
Resources for 2017's Peacemaking Sunday, 24 September, can be downloaded here.
Churches Together in Britain and Ireland have produced a number of resources which are available to download or order, including an order of service, Powerpoint presentations and free ebook versions of Beyond Our Tears: Resources for Times of Remembrance .