Churches across the Diocese fall silent to pay tribute to the sacrifice servicemen and women made in the two world wars and more recent conflicts.
In the Parish of Tongwynlais remembrance has grown in significance in recent years. Four years ago, Revd. Zoe King blessed the new war memorial and each year the church continues to play an active role in remembrance services.
“It’s important to remember the affects of war. Not only those who go and don’t come back but those who are left behind and those who returned.” says Zoe.
“Personally, for me, it’s important that the church remembers. I believe in the prince of peace but I grew up in a military family. My father was in the Armed Forces and my brother occasionally serves abroad. Twice on Remembrance Sunday I have had to preach while he was in Iraq and Afghanistan.
“As a church we have to remind people that peace is the ultimate goal and we need to support people who help us maintain that.”
This year, the parish – and people as far as Germany – have been knitting poppies for a Remembrance Yarn Art display at St Mary and St James Church, Taffs Well.
“The church was there with the men on the battlefield whether they had faith or not,” says Helen, who is one of the organisers of the yarn art display. Helen – and volunteer Ian – explain why they got involved in the video below.
Here’s how churches across the Diocese are marking Remembrance Sunday and Remembrance Day.
Prayer for peace, Benefice of Caerphilly