November 2018

View from the Rectory is the monthly column from our Rector, published in our Parish magazine.


We will remember them

This summer my adventures in Sussex took me to the lovely village of Bosham. I was struck by the inscription on a war memorial there which said, ‘when memory falls forgotten, remembrance shall remain…..’.

November is the season of remembrance in the life of this village, and in thousands of other communities across the nation. We have the opportunity to come together to remember those who gave their lives to maintain freedom. Freedom challenged by aggression and territorial ambition expressed in theatres of war, causing lives to be lost, hopes to be vanquished and futures impaired forever by the physical and mental scars of conflicts inflicted on millions. 

At St Mary’s we are hosting an installation of a Perspex Tommy who will bear each name listed on our church war memorial. As part of the 'there but not there' campaign we will also have the silhouette of a Tommy by the memorial cross in our churchyard.

It is now one hundred years since the end of the First World War and there is no longer living memory of that conflict, but we can choose to remember those who served and sacrificed so much as we remember all those impacted by the ravages of war. 'There but not there' aims to commemorate, educate and heal those communities affected by the conflict of World War One in particular, in a haunting reminder of the unique lives, each with their own story to tell, lost to the future of West Chiltington. I take hope from the fact that each of them is known and loved by God.

If you’re not a regular churchgoer, perhaps this year of all years you may wish to join us on Sunday 11th November at 10.30am in St Mary’s, your village church, and show your support for those who never returned from wartime conflict, or who returned forever changed, and ensure that ‘when memory falls forgotten, remembrance shall remain.’

We will sing, offer prayers, hear their names read and stand in silent respect. We will remember them.

Every prayer and blessing

Rev’d David Coleman, Rector


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