In Loving Memory
All Souls' is an important day in the life of the Church, sometimes known as the 'Commemoration of the Faithful Departed'. On this day we gather to remember loved ones who have died, to recall their names and their memory in our hearts and in our prayers, to give thanks for their life and all they shared with us, and to ask God to bring us comfort, healing and peace in our grief.
The loss of a loved one and the grief that this brings is a life-changing process. Everyone experiences grief in different ways and one persons expression of grief and sadness might be very different from another persons, even within the same family. There isn't a 'right' or 'wrong' way to grieve. The death of a loved one stays with us forever - our memories, our lives, our hopes, our dreams - are all shaped by those we have loved. If you are struggling with grief and loss you might find it helpful to speak to one of the ministry team who will be glad to listen and pray with you.
We hold a service on All Souls' to help bring healing and peace in the midst of our grief. The service begins at 4.30pm and includes a time of quiet reflection, some readings, music, prayers and an opportunity to light candles in memory of loved ones. The names of loved ones are included in the prayers and if you wish to have a name remembered please contact the office by Friday 2 November, or speak to a member of the ministry team before the service. At 5.15pm we share some light refreshments of tea, coffee and cake (or you are free to remain in the quietness of the sanctuary with the candles lit). At 6.00pm you are invited to stay for a concert of Music for All Souls' led by the London Nordic Choir, which draws our evening to a peaceful close. We hope you will join us on this special day.