Advanced search Click here for the website of the current Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby

This is an archived website containing material relating to Dr Rowan Williams’ time as Archbishop of Canterbury, which ended on 31st December 2012

Skip Content
 

Churches Remember First World War

Poppies at Bishopthorpe

Tuesday 29th July 2014

Churches across the country will be holding services and events to mark the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War on Monday 4th August 1914. Across the Diocese of York, churches will be remembering the war and the people whose lives it touched with vigils, services and exhibitions.

The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu said, “The centenary of the outbreak of the First World War is both a solemn duty and an opportunity to reflect, one hundred years later, on the folly of war and the horrific human suffering it unleashes. Sadly our prayers will not just be those of distant remembrance – violent conflict is a brutal reality today.  We remember all before God, we pray for justice and peace, and we give thanks for the bravery and sacrifice of many.  At the going down of the sun and in the morning, we will remember them."

Churches across the country will be holding services and events to mark the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War on Monday 4th August 1914.  Across the Diocese of York, churches will be remembering the war and the people whose lives it touched with vigils, services and exhibitions.

Archdeaconry of York

St Martin’s, Coney Street, is holding a Commemorative Service on Monday 4th August from 10pm to 11pm, with a vigil of prayers, readings, diary extracts, poetry and music.  This service takes place in conjunction with the national service at Westminster Abbey, also held at this time and uses some of the same material.  As in the national service, candles will be gradually extinguished as 11pm approaches.  St Martin's was bombed in World War Two, and is dedicated as a Shrine of Remembrance to peace and reconciliation.  In 2012 it also became a partner in the international Community of the Cross of Nails. 

St Michael le Belfrey will be holding a candlelit vigil from 8pm on Monday 4th August.  These vigils will be held across the UK, and the last candle will be extinguished at 11pm in Westminster Abbey in remembrance of the words of Viscount Edward Grey, Foreign Secretary at the time, who said: “The lamps are going out all over Europe; we shall not see them lit again in our time”. The vigil at St Michael le Belfrey will be led by the Visions Community from York, with creative stories, music, visuals and space to hold personal and corporate commemoration.

Holy Trinity, Stockton on the Forest, is hosting an exhibition run by the local history group, who have researched the history of the people listed on the village’s War Memorial.  The exhibition runs from 10am to 4pm on Saturday 2nd August and 11.30am to 4pm on Sunday 3rd August, and the group are appealing to people to come and share their memories of the First World War, and unravel some of the unknown stories from the War Memorial.

In Haxby, there will be a service on Saturday 2nd August at 10am, to mark the centenary of the beginning of the First World War the rededication of the Haxby Memorial Hall.  The service will begin with a parade from the Village Green to Haxby Memorial Hall, where there a plaque will be unveiled to to remember all those who served their country from Haxby & Wigginton during the First world War.

St Mary’s, South Milford, will hold a Service on Monday 4th August at 7.30pm, with music from the early part of the 20th century, readings and reflections that consider the unfolding scenario played out in the summer of 1914 prior to the outbreak of war.

St Giles, Copmanthorpe, will be open for prayer and remembrance on Monday 4 August from 11am to 4pm and 6pm to 7pm.

St. James, Bilbrough, is holding a Vigil Service at 6pm on Saturday 2nd August.

All Saints', Hawnby, will hold a Memorial Service on Sunday 3rd August at 11am.  In the service, stories will be told of some of the people from this rural parish - those who volunteered, those who died, those who came back, and the people who remained on the land. Hawnby was famous for the Revd William Hughes, "The Fighting Parson of Hawnby", who encouraged more than sixty young men to volunteer, including his own four sons, three of whom were killed.

In Malton, St Mary's Priory Church, Old Malton, will be holding a service on Monday 4th August  6.30pm, where all the names recorded on the war memorial will be read out, and a bell tolled as  each name is read. St Michael's, Malton, will hold a service on Monday 4th August  at 9pm, to l be followed by a ceremony at the Malton War memorial at 10pm.

St Peter’s, Norton on Derwent, will be open from 4pm to 8pm on Monday 4th August for people to drop in for quiet reflection and prayer, to light a candle, listen to music and visit Norton's war memorial, and between 6.30pm and 7pm there will be a vigil service.

The churches in Pocklington, the town council, and Royal British Legion are holding a rededication of the World War One memorial in the town market square on Sunday 3rd August at 2pm, followed by a short service and rededication of the WW1 memorial inside the church at 2.30pm.

St John the Baptist, Stamford Bridge, will hold a reflective service on Sunday 3rd August at 9am at the war memorial in the churchyard.  

St Hilda's, Beadlam, All Saints and St James’, Nunnington, and St Saviour's, Harome, will host a short memorial service on Monday 4th August at 7pm.

Selby Abbey and Selby Library and Customer Services Centre will be hosting a play, ‘Not About Heroes’, to be performed by Feelgood Theatre, in September.  On Monday 4th August Caroline Clegg, artistic director of Feelgood Theatre Productions, will read First World War poetry at the Librbary, and talk about the production, the linked educational opportunities and the associated ‘Whispers of War’ national poetry competition. In the evening of Monday 4th August, Selby Abbey will light a ‘A Light for Peace’, which will burn in the Abbey until 11th November 2018 (the centenary of Armistice Day) as a focus for people’s prayers and hopes for peace in the world today.

Earlier this year, Young Leaders from Pierrepont Gamston School joined the Archbishop to plant poppies in the grounds of Bishopthorpe Palace to commemorate the centenary of the First World War. The poppies are in full-flower.

Archdeaconry of Cleveland

St. Agnes’, Easterside, are holding a Living History Day on Wednesday 6th August from 11am to 3pm. 

Events include a visit from the WW1 living History Team with genuine artefacts and a fire arms display, a

knit for victory stall selling homemade poppy broaches and knitwear items relating to WW1, craft stalls including paint a WW1 aeroplane and make a Union Jack windmill, an Army Assault Course, WW1 Red Cross kids club nurses, and hairdressing stall.  The Ration Card entrance fee of 50p is in aid of The Royal British Legion, and a bowl of bully beef stew and bread bun or afternoon tea with music from the era.

St Cuthbert’s, Marton, will hold a memorial service on Saturday 2nd August at 6.30pm, and the Revd Ben Norton, an Army Chaplain and Fresh Expressions Minister for the parish, will be preaching.

St Nicholas’, Guisborough, will hold an Act of Remembrance at the Guisborough War Memorial on Monday 4th August at 10.55am, with a one minute silence at 11am.

All Saints, Worsall, will hold a Service of Solemn Commemoration on Monday 4th August at 7.30pm.  The service will include music, readings from the Bible, poems, letters from a local family member at the outbreak of war, news from a Parish Magazine of August 1914 and a Marine’s letter from a modern battle zone.  The service will begin in the church, and them will process to the War Memorial for prayer, reading and the lighting of a commemorative candle.

St Francis’, Ingleby Barwick are holding a service in conjunction with the Town Council on Sunday 3rd August at 10am, followed by a walk to the war memorial to lay sprigs of rosemary for remembrance.

St Mary's, Nunthorpe, will be holding a special Evensong Service on Sunday 3rd August at 5.30pm, and St Martin's, Whinney Banks, will be holding a Memorial Service on Sunday 3rd August at 6.30pm.

Christ Church, Great Ayton, will be holding a Simple Service of Reflection on High Green on Sunday 3rd August at 4.30pm.  The church will also be remembering the 48 people from the parish who died in WW1, by asking different village groups to ‘adopt’ one of the fallen and come to the church on the day that person died. 

St Oswald’s, Oswaldkirk, will be joining with St Aidan's RC Church and with the churches in Ampleforth, Gilling and Stonegrave, to hold a Commemoration Service on Sunday 3rd August at 10.30am.  St Oswald’s will also be holding a candlelit vigil at the War Memorial in the church from 10pm to 11pm on Monday 4th August. 

Thirsk Churches Together are holding a weekend of remembrance, with a Reflective Service for Peace and Justice at St Oswald’s, Sowerby, on Sunday 3rd August at 6.30pm.  On Monday 4th August the Royal British Legion Band will play a medley of World War favourite tunes in Thirsk Market Place, and students from Thirsk School and Sixth Form College will read selected war poetry, with a minute’s silence at 11am.  At 10.30pm, the exact moment when war was declared will be marked at a candlelit service in Thirsk Market Place.  At 11pm, the candles will be blown out and there will be a minute’s silence, followed by the last post, in an echo of Sir Edward Grey’s comment, “The lamps are going out all over Europe. We shall not see them lit again in our time”.  From Monday 4th August to Friday 8th August, from 10am to 4pm each day (apart from the Monday when it will open shortly after 11am) there will be an interactive exhibition at the Friends Meeting House in Thirsk, called “Choices 1914”, to reflect on the choices that faced people 100 years ago.

All Saints’, Northallerton will be holding a candlelit vigil from 10pm to 11pm on Monday 4th August.  These vigils will be held across the UK, and the last candle will be extinguished at 11pm in Westminster Abbey in remembrance of the words of Viscount Edward Grey, Foreign Secretary at the time, who said: “The lamps are going out all over Europe; we shall not see them lit again in our time”.  Before the Vigil, All Saints’ will be open throughout the evening for people to come and pray, reflect, and light a candle.

Holy Cross, Gilling, is hosting an exhibition remembering those who died and also those who survived, with photos and memorabilia of the people who live in Gilling today who served in the war.  Also in the exhibition is a war horse and artistic items made by the pupils of St Martins School, Gilling Castle.  The exhibition runs from Sunday 3rd to Wednesday 27th August, from 10am to 4pm daily.  There will also be a Memorial Service at Holy Cross on Sunday 3rd August at 6pm.

St Leonard’s, Welbury, will hold a Vigil Service on Sunday 3rd August at 6pm, and there will be a Service of Commemoration at All Saints’, Sinnington, on Sunday 3rd August at 6.30pm

St Peter’s, Osmotherley, will have a Memorial Service on Monday 4th August at 7pm, and the service wilI end at the War Memorial.

In the Thorntons and Otterington parishes, short memorial services will be held after the service on Sunday 3rd August, with services at St Leonard’s, Thornton-le-Street after the 9am service, at St Andrew’s, South Otterington, after the 10.45am service, and in Thornton-le-Beans Churchyard at 3pm.

St Bartholomew’s, Aldbrough, is holding a commemorative service on Sunday 3rd August at 3pm, beginning in church and then processing to the War Memorial to dedicate a new plaque.

 

Archdeaconry of the East Riding

Holy Trinity, Hull, will be holding a Centennial Commemoration on Sunday 3rd August at 3pm, with the Lord Mayor and representatives of the ex-servicemen's associations in attendance. There will be hymns, readings, poems, and an Act of Remembrance, and the figure of a soldier, made of hundreds of poppies, will be suspended under the tower in the centre of the church.

All Saints’, North Ferriby, will hold a Candlelit Vigil on Monday 4th August at 10pm, in association with the Royal British Legion. These vigils will be held across the UK, and the last candle will be extinguished at 11pm in Westminster Abbey in remembrance of the words of Viscount Edward Grey, Foreign Secretary at the time, who said: “The lamps are going out all over Europe; we shall not see them lit again in our time”.

St James’, Sutton-on-Hull, will hold a service in the church on Monday 4th August at 9pm, to the followed by a candlelit vigil at the refurbished War Memorial next to the church.

All Saints’, Brantingham, will hold a Memorial Service on Sunday 3rd August at 4pm, St.Mary the Virgin, Elloughton, will hold a Memorial Service on Sunday 3rd August at 6pm, and there will be an Act of Remembrance at  Elloughton-cum-Brough War Memorial on Monday 4th August at 12pm.

St Laurence's, Scalby, will be holding a Vigil on Sunday 3rd August at 6.30pm.  There will also be an exhibition about the men whose names are on the parish War Memorial on Sunday from 12pm, and for the rest of that week. 

St Mark's, Newby, will be holding a special All-Age Commemoration Service  on Sunday 3rd August at 10am, and St Mary’s Ebberston will be holding a Memorial Service on Sunday 3rd August at 6.30pm.

St Mary’s, Beverley, is hosting a series of events to commemorate the anniversary.  On Sunday 3rd August at 11.55am, the poem “Our Tenor Bell” will be read, and the 439 names of the people from Beverely who died in the war will be read out.  At 1pm on the Sunday, a service entitled “Some Corner of a Foreign Field” will be held, with poems and WW1 songs.  On Monday 4th August there will be a sunset memorial service at Hengate War Memorial, with a brass band.  From Monday 4th to Sunday 10th August, the church will host an exhibition and display of memorabilia.  Included in the exhibition will be the marriage registers from 1914 and 2014, showing the changes in society.  Also in the exhibition will be soldiers’ uniforms, medals and poetry, and items from homes in 1914.

All Saints’, Driffield, is holding a Commemoration Service on Sunday 3rd August at 2pm, with Driffield Silver Band, members of Driffield Community Choir, and songs from the era performed by Middle 8.  There will be songs, local stories and poems from WW1.  There will also be a tribute in flowers by Driffield in Bloom and other local organisations in the church on Saturday 2nd August from 12.30pm to 4pm.

 

 

 

Tagged with

Back · Back to top