Church of England Diocese of Derby Chellaston

National Day of Reflection 23 March 2021

22 Mar 2021, 2:30 p.m.

At St Peter’s we are going to mark the Tuesday 23rd March – the anniversary of the start of the first national lockdown in conjunction with Marie Curie, who have organised this National Day of Reflection. Marie Curie are working with numerous other charities, including The Church of England to encourage everyone to take a minute to reflect and a moment to connect – offering support and hope.

The main focus of the day is a minute’s silence at 12 noon – and we encourage you all to join with the Ministry Team to mark this. One of the church bells will toll at a minute past 12 to mark the end of the minute of silence.

Margaret, John and Edward Hicklin will have put the Lent Cross (made from a previous Christmas Tree) up in the church yard. If you would like to, do bring a pot of daffodils and place them at the foot of the cross as a sign of remembrance and hope. We encourage you to remember that there are different types of loss that have affected people at this time – the loss of a loved one, the loss of a job, the loss of contact with others (particularly the loss of hugs) and the loss of health, both physical and mental, in these most anxious of times.

You might also like to plant some seeds or a plant, or put a bunch of daffodils in a vase in your window. You could colour a picture of a daffodil and put that in your window or tie a yellow ribbon to a tree in your garden as a sign of fellowship and hope.

At 8.00pm we are encouraged to ‘share the light’ by lighting a candle or lanterns in a window (Fairy lights would work too).