From the Rector

Andrw Forster

Dear Friends,

Earlier this year I, along with three of our young adults from our parish, had the privilege of joining a trip to The Somme and Flanders. The group of 30 was made up of protestants and catholics from the respective Dioceses of Armagh and was led by Archbishops Clarke and Martin. Our journey had a real sense of being a pilgrimage that highlighted the shared history of the 1st World War. At Messines, we stood in the Irish Peace Park and looked over the battlefield where the 36th Ulster Division and the 16th Irish Division fought side by side. I found it a profoundly moving experience, especially visiting the graves of some of our parishioners and seeing the names of others memorialized on the Menin Gate and at Theipval. We also visited the places where my grandfather had fought with Queen’s Westminster Rifles. I never knew him and, in some way, being in the places where he had served, gave me a new sense of connection with him.

This year, Remembrance Sunday falls poignantly on 100th anniversary of Armistice Day, 11th November. We will be welcoming members of the Royal British Legion to St. Anne’s for our morning service. As we commemorate this momentous date in our nations history, please join us in church as we join together in remembrance and thanksgiving.

‘At the going down of the sun and in the morning we will remember them’

Your friend and Rector,

Andrew

Your friend and Rector Andrew

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Your friend and Rector Andrew Forster

 

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