Second Church Estates Commissioner answers written question on first world war commemorations

On the 10th October 2013 Sir Tony Baldry MP answered a written question from a Mr Kevan Jones concerning the support that the church commissioners will give to the commemorations marking the centenary of the First World War.14.01 CCQ Baldry

Mr Kevan Jones: To ask the hon. Member for Banbury, representing the Church Commissioners, what support the Church Commissioners are giving to the centenary commemorations of the outbreak of the first world war.

Sir Tony Baldry: I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave on 2 July 2013, Official Report, column 620W. The Church of England is intending to play a full part in the commemoration of the centenary of world war one in a number of ways:

The bishops intend to join local commemorations that reflect events significant to the local area’s experience of the war.

The Dean of Salisbury, the Very Reverend June Osborne, is on the Government’s Advisory Group.

The Liturgical Commission of the Church of England is designing resources for use in parish churches for their own local commemorations, including the recognition of the many war memorials which are either in churches or in their churchyards.

The Church of England is also working in partnership with HOPE, an interdenominational organization, to encourage and resource all churches to come together as they facilitate and serve their communities at this important time of national commemoration.

Dioceses will encourage schools to visit the first world war battlefields to promote greater understanding of the war.

All parish churches are being encouraged to join with Westminster Abbey in the vigil on Monday 4th August 2014 designed as a day for prayer, of remembrance and for peace in our own time. This will conclude with a candlelight vigil ending at 11.00 pm 100 years after war was declared which will close with the candles being extinguished; reflecting Sir Edward Grey’s famous remark that “the lamps are going out all over Europe”.

Via: Parliament UK

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