National Day of Reflection

Published: 15 March 2021

Since the first lockdown began in 2020, hundreds of thousands of people have died. Too many lives have been cut short and millions have been bereaved. 

Behind the statistics and whatever the cause, every death has been devastating for the people left behind. Many have been unable to properly say goodbye to their loved ones, comfort or even hug each other. 
As a nation, we need to acknowledge the millions in silent pain. Let's join together on 23rd March, the first anniversary of the first UK lockdown, for a National Day of Reflection. 

Let's come together and reflect on this tragic loss of life, show support for people who've been bereaved and celebrate the lives of all those who've died. 

There are still tough times ahead, as the death toll continues to rise. Whatever your background, whatever your beliefs, and whatever you've been through, please join together for our first National Day of Reflection. 

This annual day will give us all time to pause and think about this unprecedented loss we're facing, and support each other through grief in the years to come. 

St John's Church is not permitted to hold church services but will be open from 11-1pm for private prayer. Names will be read out of the people who have died in the past year as well as others who may be living with long Covid. At 12pm there will be a minute's silence followed by the tolling of the church bell, a short reading and prayer. During the two hours St John's will have candles lit by anyone who wishes to visit the Church. If you would like the name read out of someone you wish to remember please send this to the Parish Clerk or give the name to Rev. Nigel Hinton on the morning of the 23rd March.