Church of England Diocese of Birmingham St. Faith and St. Laurence, Harborne

Remembering War and Praying for Peace

21 Nov 2018, 2 p.m.

The service was attended by 485 Squadron of the Air Training Corps with many of their families and friends as well as other local people and church members.

We heard words of peace, reactions to war by the young people and the reading of the names on the war memorial which hangs in our church.

As a symbol of prayer for peace a cross of mud was filled with poppies to recreate the fields of Flanders

In Flanders fields the poppies blow

Between the crosses, row on row,

That mark our place; and in the sky

The larks, still bravely singing, fly

Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago

We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,

Loved and were loved, and now we lie

In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:

To you from failing hands we throw

The torch; be yours to hold it high.

If ye break faith with us who die

We shall not sleep, though poppies grow

In Flanders fields.                                                                 John McCrae 1915

Some pictures from the event can be seen in the Gallery