The 23rd March is a National Day of Reflection, marking a year since the first lockdown. St John’s church will be open for prayer on the 22nd and 23rd and the bell will toll at midday on the 23rd. Please come and tie ribbons of any colour in the churchyards of St John’s, Hale, St Mark’s Upper Hale and St George’s, Badshot Lea in solidarity with the millions of people who are grieving.
Today we are commemorating a year since all the lockdowns started with a National Day of Reflection. First, here are the notices:
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National Day of Reflection
A National Day of Reflection is taking place on March 23, the anniversary of the start of the first lockdown. Please feel free to tie ribbons in the three churchyards to reflect on the year we have had and in solidarity with those who are grieving. St John’s church will be open for prayer on both the 22nd and the 23rd and on the 23rd the bell will toll at midday.
A National Day of Reflection is taking place on March 23, the anniversary of the start of the first lockdown. The parish is marking the day by offering special services on the Sunday before – March 21.
At the services there will be a chance to reflect on the year and in particular to remember those who have died during the past 12 months. There will be prayers and yellow ribbons for people to tie in the churchyards in memory of those who have died. Many who have lost a friend or family member will not have been able to attend the funeral service, making the process of grieving more difficult.
Lesley Crawley said: “On March 23 it will be a year since the start of the first lockdown. We had no idea then how tough it would be or that a year on we would be in our third national lockdown.
“It has been a time of great anxiety and for many great grief as they have lost family and friends and may not even have been able to attend their funerals. The church is there to offer support and one way is through our services which we hold both in person in the churches – we have Covid regulations in place – and online. You don’t have to believe in God to come in and seek peace and comfort – the church is for everyone.”
The church services on March 21 will be at St John’s, Hale, at 9.30am, St George’s, Badshot Lea, at 10am and St Mark’s, Upper Hale, at 11am. There will also be a service on the website from 9am.