Hope and 'Greater Love' resources re WWIGreaterLoveLargeHiRes

This is a press release from Hope re an initiative called 'Greater Love' and resources for churches working together in serving their local community in commemorating the events of World War I:

Please bring the following press release to the attention of your network. We’ve included a link to our dropbox with the Greater Love logo, but do get in touch if you need more information or if you would like to distribute our A5 Greater Love flier which highlights all the resources available to churches marking the First World war Centenary in their communities.

News release

Greater Love – World War 1 Remembrance resources for churches PDF of this press release with links
Communities all over the country are commemorating the start of the First World War. In villages, towns and cities we will remember the fallen. HOPE is supporting local churches by equipping and encouraging them to give practical and prayerful support to their communities.
This is part of Hope14 - a year when churches are working together investing in local communities, putting faith into words and action in a rhythm of mission through the church calendar – at Easter, Pentecost, Harvest, Remembrance and Christmas.
The ‘Greater Love’ resources as they are called are endorsed by HRH Prince Charles, and both the Archbishops of Canterbury and York.
Roy Crowne, HOPE’s Executive Director, says: ‘Remembrance is a key moment in the calendar when communities expect the church to play a part. It is a natural season to serve and connect with your neighbourhood. Let’s bring the church to the heart of these Remembrance moments. My prayer is that we come together, find out what is going on in our village, town or city, and join in so there is a church presence at every memorial service: the church echoing the heart-beat of its community and pointing to the “greater love” Jesus has for us.’
Greater love Christianity web

Web link for enquirers about war and faith  www.christianity.org.uk

As well as resources for churches to use at Remembrance events, there’s a web link for people who want to find out more about the Christian faith – www.greaterlove.org.uk .

Silent Night Carol Services

HOPE is also producing resources for churches to use at Christmas. In 1914 there was a Christmas truce on the battlefields. Soldiers stopped fighting. The carol ‘Silent Night’ rang out across No Man’s Land in English and in German. Some troops even played football. One hundred years later, at Christmas 2014, HOPE is working with Sports Chaplaincy UK encouraging churches to bring communities together in sports stadiums  and wherever carols are sung in villages, towns and cities to celebrate the birth of Jesus, the Prince of Peace.
Greater Love resources for churches are available from www.hopetogether.org.uk/greaterlove.
These include:

Greater Love booklet

16 pages of ideas for churches and communities commemorating the centenary of World War 1 – free to churches planning local events from HOPE www.hopetogether.org.uk/greaterlove

Active Service John’s Gospelww1 gospel003

The replica edition of John’s Gospel from SGM Lifewords for use in schools and remembrance services. For telephone orders phone 020 7730 2155.

CVM’s Greater Love DVD pack

Short films and interviews from CVM focusing on the sacrifice made 100 years ago and still being made by military families today.

Hear My Cry

An illustrated collection of Psalms, poetry, prayers and hymns from Bible Society for individual and community reflection during the First World War centenary commemorations.

Schools resources from YFC

Resources to use in school assemblies, lessons and with youth groups including a timeline and teaching resources on the themes of
1. Blame
2. The consequences of war
3. Unsung heroes
4. Sacrifice
5. What does it mean to Remember?

What price peace – resources for primary schools

BRF's Barnabas in Schools team’s programme to help primary schools to mark the anniversary of the 2014-2018 conflict.  Entitled 'What Price Peace?' this includes a creative arts-based Barnabas RE Day that mixes contemporary experiences of the time with insights into war and peace-making from the Bible.
Ends 12 March 2014


DROPBOX link to images to use in connection with the Greater Love resources
Please contact the HOPE office (01788 542782) for a printed copy of the Greater Love booklet

Commendation from HRH Prince Charles

‘The centenary commemorations of the start of the First World War are a significant moment for us all to pause and remember the appalling sacrifices made by so many men, women, families and whole communities. Indeed, one of my own great uncles was killed in the Battle of Loos in 1915. I am delighted, therefore, that HOPE has brought together the churches, Christian ministries, and the military chaplaincies of all denominations to produce resources under the banner of "Greater Love". This is clearly a significant moment for the United Kingdom and, indeed, the Commonwealth and so I can only wish this initiative every possible success in its most laudable aims.’

Commendation from the Archbishop of York John Sentamu

‘We all want to move beyond war and conflict to build communities of reconciliation and peace. We have much to learn as we reflect on the sacrifices made by so many, from so many different communities around the Commonwealth. The ‘Greater Love’ resources from HOPE will help us all: individuals, schools, churches and communities - as together we engage with the commemorations in a meaningful way. I commend "Greater Love" to you.'

Commendation from Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby

‘May God use the Church to serve communities as we pause to reflect on the human cost of war borne by a generation 100 years ago. May the Church be prepared to point beyond that pain to the greater healing and love that Jesus has for humanity and, in the two minutes of silence at the many remembrance events, may God speak loudly to hearts who long to know his peace and reconciling love.’

What makes HOPE distinctive?

•          Together – local churches and ministries, from all traditions, working together in mission
•          Actions - local churches building community, investing in their town, village or city
•          Words – Christians sharing their faith in words as well as action, in culturally relevant ways

Media Enquiries

HOPE Communications: Catherine Butcher HOPE Office: 01788 542782     Email: cath.butcher@hopetogether.org.uk
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