Churches across the Diocese of Durham will be holding a wide range of services and commemoration events this coming weekend in remembrance of the the outbreak of the First World War in August 1914. The Bishops of Durham and Jarrow will be present at commemoration services to be held on Sunday 3rd and Monday 4th August as follows: The Right Revd Paul Butler – Bishop of Durham – Monday 4th August 2014
- 10.00 am – Sunderland Minster, Attended by Lord Lieutenant, Mayor of Sunderland, military and civic guests.
- 2.00 pm – Metro Centre, Gateshead, A drumhead service will commence in Exhibition Square paying tribute to those who fought in the first world war and all subsequent actions. Open to the public.
- 6.00 pm – St Andrew’s, Blackhall – Ecumenical service attended by Deputy Mayor of Durham and parade by 1932 Air Training Squadron – Blackhall.
The Right Revd Mark Bryant – Bishop of Jarrow – Sunday 3rd August 2014
- 11.00 am – Washington Village War Memorial – A service to commemorate the outbreak of war – followed by the a rededication of the newly refurbished memorial by the Bishop. British Legion in attendance.
- 4.00 pm – St Herbert’s Darlington, A service of commemoration and rededication of the 1st World War plague, followed by scattering of poppy seeds in the grounds.
Other services and events to commemorate the outbreak of WW1
Other events and services being held in parishes across the Diocese that media are welcome to attend include: Sunday 3rd August 2014
- 9.30 am – St Helen’s Low Fell – Sung Eucharist with a focus on the commemoration.
- 10.00 am – Oxclose Church, Washington – Baptism service with dedication and blessing of wooden bench in garden in memory of those fallen in WW1.
- 3.00 pm – Holy Trinity, Cornforth – Town Service.
- 4.00 pm – Auckland St Helen – Civic Evensong to commemorate the start of World War One Followed by afternoon tea in the Vicarage Gardens
- 4.00 pm – St John’s, Shildon – Ecumenical service – The Mayor, ex-service people in attendance. The service will include some poetry of lost love on the battlefield and ex service people will be lighting 25 candles as the 25 major battles and those killed are recalled. The Salvation Army band will be playing.
- 6.00 pm – St Luke’s, Ferryhill – Town Service – with Archdeacon of Durham
- 6.30 pm – St Edmund’s, Sedgefield – Vigil service in commemoration of the outbreak of the First World War
Monday 4th August 2014
- 9.00 am – 9.00 pm St Matthew & St Luke’s Church Darlington – display details and stories about people who either fought in the Great War or were left to hold the fort at home. The Church will be open all day from 9am to 9pm for anyone to call in, see the displays and pay their respects to all who fell or gave part of themselves.
- 10.00 am – Easington Lane Community Access Point (ELCAP) on Brick Garth, Hetton – Mayor of Hetton, Deputy Mayor of Sunderland attending New Memorial Garden – Photographic and WW1 memorabilia exhibition.
- 10.00 am – St Mary’s – Barnard Castle – World War One Commemoration Churches Together Barnard Castle & Startforth St. Mary’s Barnard Castle open all day for prayer and reflection. Acts of Remembrance led by Churches Together clergy and parishioners at 10 am, 12 noon, 2 pm and 4 pm. Short service at 6 pm. All are welcome to drop in at any time. Light a candle by the War Memorial and Poppy Decorated Cross, walk the Labyrinth or just spend some time in reflection.
- 10.00 am – 7.30pm – Auckland St Helen – Church open for silent reflection and lighting of remembrance candles followed by a Requiem Mass at 7.00pm
- 10.00 am – St Paul’s Winlaton – The Church will be open from 10a.m. – 7p.m. for private prayer and reflection. The Winlaton and District Local History Society are supporting this with an exhibition dedicated to those from our area who fought and died that we might live in freedom. There will be a Service for the Community at 7.30 p.m. after which wreaths will be laid at the War Memorial outside of the Church.
- 11.00 am – 4.30 pm – St John’s, Darlington – The church will be open for prayer with readings and prayers on the hour and half hour.
- 12 noon – St Mary’s, Heworth – a commemorative service with music, readings, poetry and prayer, followed by an Act of Remembrance at the churchyard war memorial.
- 12 noon – St Giles, Durham – Service of Commemoration and Remembrance with hymns, reflection, prayers and poems.
- 3.00 pm – St Chad’s, Bensham – Using prayers written by the first vicar of St Chads in 1915. We are making a paper chain of the names of those who died in WW1 and those who served in the war but returned safely.
- 6.15 pm – St. Catherine’s, Crook – Service Title:- ‘Remembering War and building Peace’ – A service that will be suitable for all-ages to commemorate the First World War.
- 6.30 pm – St Michael & All Angels, Houghton le Spring – A Service of Commemoration of the beginning of World War 1 with prayer, hymns, story and poetry.
- 7.30 pm – St Jame’s Burnopfield – all welcome to our First World War Vigil Service. Music, prayer, readings and reflection.
- 10.30 pm – 11.00 pm – St Mary Magdalene Church, Trimdon Village – A brief service of readings, poems and reflections by candlelight to remember the 198 men from Trimdon killed in WW1. Phil Wilson MP, the chairman and members of Trimdon and Trimdon Foundry Parish Councils and County Councillor Lucy Hovvels will be in attendance. Representatives of the Royal British Legion, Northumberland Fusiliers Association, DLI Association, Green Howards Association, service families and veterans from the Trimdons and members of local scouting and cadet movements will also be in attendance.
- Upper Weardale Services All churches in Upper Weardale will be open all day from 10am – 4pm for private prayer and contemplation. St Thomas, Stanhope has leather bound book for memories, prayers, poems etc which will be available for the next 4 years.
- 11.00 am – St Thomas – Stanhope – Prayers for the Peace of World (Eucharist Service) and 8pm – Vigil Service
- 7.00 pm – Heatherycleugh, St Thomas in Upper Weardale – Vigil service and presentation running throughout the day showing photos and stories of men remembered on War memorial.
- 8.00 pm – St Andrews – Westgate – Vigil Service
- 8.30 pm – St John the Baptist, St John’s Chapel – Vigil Service
- Durham Cathedral – 5.15pm Choral Evensong; 6.30 pm – 11.30 pm – Vigil Commemoration Poster
In addition, churches across the Diocese will be open on Sunday and Monday for personal prayer and many will be displaying commemorative pieces of artwork, poetry and other items specific to their location and history.