HOPE and HOPE’s partners have prepared resources to help churches to mark the centenary of World War 1 at the heart of local communities Visit www.hopetogether.org.uk/christmas to see how churches used a Silent Night Carols event to mark the centenary of the 1914 Christmas Truce.
Resources for Schools
A timeline and teaching resources to use in schools from YFC
Greater Love Lesson Plans for KS2 and KS3, devised by Scripture Union
This year, as communities are gathering to mark the centenary of the First World War, let’s bring the church to the heart of these remembrance moments. Let’s be prepared to serve our communities and speak in Jesus’ name as local churches putting faith into words and action. At this significant time in history, let’s point to the ‘greater love’ Jesus has for us, and let’s pray that people will meet with God in a new way as they pause to reflect.
Silent Night Carol Services
In 1914 there was a Christmas truce on the battlefields. Soldiers stopped fighting. The carol ‘Silent Night’ rang out across No Man’s Land in English and in German. Some troops even played football. One hundred years later, at Christmas 2014, HOPE has prepared Silent Night Carols resources for you to use, with a specially-written version of the carol Silent Night. Let’s gather our communities in villages, towns and cities to celebrate the birth of Jesus, the Prince of Peace, as we sing carols.
HOPE and Sports Chaplaincy UK are supporting sports stadiums which are already planning to hold a Silent Night Carol Service. Find out more here. The resources can be used in any context where churches and communities gather to sing carols in December 2014.
'Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends' (John 15:13)