Faith news: Including remembrance and reflection across churches

Centenary services at St Mary's Church, Hemel Hempstead
Centenary services at St Mary's Church, Hemel Hempstead

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Remembrance and reflection at St Mary’s

The 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War 1 was commemorated in St. Mary’s church with a display of memorabilia and floral displays over the weekend of August 1 to 4.

The memorabilia was supplied by members of St. Mary’s and St. Paul’s congregations and the display was masterminded by two members of St. Mary’s.

The floral displays were directed by Lynne and Roger Sygrave and created by St. Mary’s Flower Team and friends.

In addition, the names of all of those on the church World War 1 memorial were researched and details of their service records displayed in book form.

The commemoration was opened by Revd. Jenny Hill, Rector of St. Mary’s, at a reception on Friday, August 1 which was attended by Mike Penning MP, the Mayor of Dacorum, Councillor Alan Lawson and his wife Wendy, invited guests and members of St. Mary’s and St. Paul’s congregations.

The church was opened to members of the public on the Saturday, Sunday and Monday so that they could come in to view the displays and beautiful flowers.

Many did come into the church and they expressed their appreciation for the displays and all of the work that had gone into them.

War made real by focus on one fallen soldier in Tring

In Tring, 300 people packed into St Peter and St Paul Church for a service of commemoration with a focus on Edward Barber VC, who lived in Tring.

Tring Together’s Vivianne Child said: “Although the 116 names on the War Memorial were brought to mind, the war was made very real by focusing on one person.

“The appreciative congregation heard about Edward’s career, his family, his VC citation and finally about his relatives that still live in the Tring area.

“Children from Dundale School led the central part of the service, along with readings from Emily Wood, James Child and Air Marshal Sir Michael Simmons.”

The service was followed by a wreath laying at the War Memorial.

St John’s Parish notices

We want to show our appreciation to the junior members of the choir in what has been a very difficult year. We propose to take them to the Chessington World of Adventures at the end of August. If you wish to contribute to this outing with either money or Kelloggs coupons please speak to Marian Davies or Di Tovey at the church.

Also on Bank Holiday Monday, August 25, the Diocese celebrates its 100th birthday.

The Festival Day will include inspiring speakers like J. John, games for all ages, crafts and cakes, worship and music. A coach will be going from St. John’s – see Marian Davies at the church for details. Tickets for the coach cost £10 or less.

Other dates for the diary are Sunday, September 7 when a Songs of Praise event will be held, and this year’s autumn fair which takes place on Saturday, October 18.

Christian viewpoint

There is so much poverty, homelessness and suffering in the world. More than ever now in our own country and here in Hemel Hempstead. It is good to know that there is a lot of practical help available in Hemel, for example DENS, our Dacorum Emergency Night Shelter, originally started by our churches, and the Foodbank, etc. But what about help available apart from these necessary basics? Many are lonely, unhappy and depressed. It is no coincidence that in times of crisis, the first words people say are often: ‘Christ Almighty’ or ‘Oh God, what can I do?’ Many of these would indeed find the help they need if they were sincere in asking for God’s help, and would find friendship and support if they approached any church in Hemel.

Pat Marlow, Carey Baptist Church