Newsletter (August 2018)
Newsletter for August 2018 from Settle Vicarage
On Sunday 4th August 1918, the 4th anniversary of the declaration of war, King George V and Queen Mary joined members of parliament in the Church of St Margaret, Westminster. The King had asked that 4th August should be a Day of Prayer. 100 days later, on 11th November, the war ended.
This year, too, churches and cathedrals in villages, suburbs and cities will start 100 days of prayer for peace and reconciliation. The initiative, called Remembrance 100, is being promoted by the organisation HOPE Together, supported by the Church of England, the Methodists and other denominations. Youth ministries are running practical peace-making ideas and school assembly and lesson plans are available from the Bible Society.
Remembrance Sunday and Armistice Day both fall on Sunday 11th November in 2018. People from all over the Commonwealth will gather to mark the centenary of the end of the First World War. Churches, as ever, have an opportunity to bring communities together at this significant time. Have a look at the resources from
>>> www.hopetogether.org.uk and www.remembrance100.co.uk
In Ribblesdale we are starting the 100 days on Sunday 5th August, St Oswald’s Day, with the lighting of a new votive stand in memory. You can take part at home by lighting a candle for peace every day at 8.00pm until 11th November. You will be joining with others doing the same. Please take a copy of the booklet “Silence” from the back of church. There is a suitable prayer on page 9 and other suggestions on how to use that time. We can become more aware of God’s presence, for example, or think about what soldiers go through. Very few of us face such physical and emotional suffering as those sent into battle, but we could ask for God’s help and courage in our own fears and anxieties.
With love and prayers,
<span style="font-size: 1rem;">Acting Area Dean and Associate Priest</span>
The 3-Parishes Diary is attached below. This has full details of our services and events this month.