WWI Songs of Praise at Garden Lane, Chester

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The Uniting Church in Garden Lane (Methodist & United Reformed) shared with members of the local community, friends from St Thomas & St Oswald Parish Church and  other churches in a Special Songs of Praise Service on Sunday afternoon 3 August 2014, exactly 100 years to the day as the community prepared for war, commemorating the sacrifice made between 1914 and 1918.

Co-ordinated by Pastoral Assistant Peter Linsey with Matthew Baker at the organ, a congregation of around 50 sung the hymns that would have been sung on that day in 1914 and listened to descriptive readings of poems and prose read by members of the churches and community including "The Soldier"  by Rupert Brooke, "The Parable of the Old Man and the Young" by Wilfred Owen, "Perhaps" by Vera Brittain and "Christ in Flanders" by Lucy Whitmell.  Prayers and The Blessing were led by Father Robert Clack.

After the service cups of tea and coffee were served along with "Trench Cakes" and other refreshments made in the style of 1914.

Thanks to all who contributed to the success of the afternoon in any way.

The pictures show the congregation assembled and Matthew Baker at the organ.









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