On Thursday 11th November, St Michael’s school gathered in the church for our remembrance service. On arrival to church, the children were all given a poppy to hold.
Deacon David led the collective worship sharing a visual representation of a drumhead and its significance.
A Drumhead Service is a church service conducted “in the field” during armed conflict. The Drumhead Service originated in the 1700’s when soldiers about to go into battle required a place for reflection and remembrance of their fallen comrades in the face of difficult times ahead.
Poppies were the first flowers to appear after the end of fighting in the First World War. We now use poppies as a visual reminder.
We remember those who have died and those who have been injured through war and fighting. We remember the importance of peace and avoiding war.
We remember that God remembers us always. Luke Chapter 12 and verses 6 – 7 says:
“Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? Yet not one of them is forgotten in God’s sight. But even the hairs of your head are all counted. Do not be afraid; you are of more value than many sparrows”
The children had an opportunity to lay their poppies in an act of remembrance.
A school wreath was also laid by two of the Headies.
The school observed a minutes silence at 11am as we thought of those who had died through war or violence. We listened to this song as part of our time of reflection.