A series of special events at St John the Baptist’s Church, Burscough commemorating the end of World War 1.  

1-13 November 2018

 

Service and Sacrifice

A special exhibition in St John’s Church marking military and civilian service in WW1, WW2 and in more recent conflicts.  The exhibition will feature military uniforms, military items, photographs, medals and stories of people who served in both World Wars and subsequent conflicts.  The exhibition will also include two additional displays ‘There but not There’ and ‘Every One Remembered.’  Details of the exhibition opening times are in the programme of events.  

 

‘There But Not There’

There but not there‘There But Not There’ is a national art installation to commemorate the fallen.  Featuring outline figures of military personnel, the installation will feature in a wide variety of locations across the UK.  Through a generous grant from the Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust, St John’s Church has been given ten of the figures to display in church.  The purpose of ‘There but not There’ is to commemorate, educate and heal.  Through the installation we will remember those who made the supreme sacrifice and seek to help those who continue to suffer as a consequence of war.

 

 

Every  One Remembered

Every One Remembered

In partnership with the Royal British Legion and the local community St John the Baptist’s Church will be remembering the 157 military personnel from Burscough and the surrounding area who died during WW1. 

The centre of Burscough will be decorated with knitted poppies and local businesses are being encouraged to feature remembrance themed window displays. 

Display CardsMany of these window displays will also contain a laminated card with the details of one of the 157 local service personnel who died in WW1.   These cards will give details of the person’s name, the military unit they served in, when they died and a picture of either their grave or the memorial where they are commemorated.   Where the information is available the cards may also feature a photograph of the person and a mini biography. 

‘Every One Remembered’ seeks to acknowledge that each person from our community who died during WW1 was a person with a name, family and local ‘story’.  In addition to the laminated cards displayed in local businesses St John’s Church will also contain a display of all the 157 laminated cards so that Every One is Remembered.

Alongside the ‘Every One Remembered’ project Booths Supermarket will also be remembering the vast number of horses, many of which passed through the Remount Depot based in Lathom, that served on the Western Front.  The Booths display will include a model of a horse and a display of purple poppies.

Faith under Fire

Pete Tomkinson and David Banbury

Friday 2 November at 7.30pm in St John’s Church, Burscough

David Banbury and Pete Tomkinson will be sharing stories of their time in the British Army including service in Iraq and Afghanistan. 

The evening will feature photographs from their military service linked with stories which will be both humorous and thought provoking.  Both Pete and David will also share how military service helped to shape and form their Christian faith.

Pete will also be preaching at our 9.00am and 11.00am services on Sunday 4 November.

Faith and Film Nights in St John’s Church

Faith and FilmSaturday 3 November @7.00pm – Joyeux Noel

A film focussing on the Christmas Truce in 1914 and the events that followed.  There will be an informal discussion group after the film for those who would like to stay on the talk about the movie. Cert 12

Saturday 10 November @7.00pm – Hacksaw Ridge.  A true story of an army medic’s inspiring heroism during WW2.  Be aware the film contains some graphic scenes of warfare and is rated Cert 15.  There will be an informal discussion group after the film for those who would like to stay on the talk about the movie.

The East WindowA Building to Remember

St John the Baptist is a church that is built around remembrance.  The church is one of the ‘Waterloo Churches’ built to mark and commemorate Wellington’s victory over Napoleon at Waterloo which marked the end of the Napoleonic wars. 

After the First World War the wonderful East window was installed as a result of gifts from the general public to commemorate the end of the conflict and to remember those who laid down their lives in service of their country.

On Friday 9th November at 7.30pm St John’s will host an illustrated talk by local historian David Orritt telling the story of the building and in particular the East Window and the people commemorated in the stained glass window.

Brothers in Arms

Brothers In ArmsSt John the Baptist’s Church Tuesday 13 November at 7.30pm.  Fresh from a sell-out run at the Edinburgh Fringe the multi-media presentation ‘Brothers in Arms’ will be performed at St John’s Church.  Telling the inspiring true story of Noel and Christopher Chavasse, two highly decorated soldiers, who served with great distinction in WW1.  The play tells an inspiring story of courage, service, sacrifice and faith lived out under fire.

Because of high demand and limited space this event is ticketed.  Tickets can be purchased from St John’s Parish Centre or when the Remembrance 100 Exhibition is open.  Tickets cost £3.00 and all proceeds will be donated to Forces Charities

Recent reviews for Brothers in Arms

  • A marvellous, effective and moving performance.  Very well written and very well performed.
  • Go see this touching story of two brothers in WW1.
  • Your heart will be touched
  • Powerful, poignant, inspiring… one of the best shows at the Edinburgh Fringe.  Not to be missed!

 

Brothers in Arms is also being performed at the following nearby venues:

  • St Paul’s Ansdell, nr. Lytham - Wednesday 7 November at 7.30pm
  • Blackburn Cathedral - Thursday 8 November at 7.30pm
  • Fulwood Free Methodist Church, Preston - Thursday 15 November at 7.30pm
  • St John’s Whittle-le-Woods, nr. Chorley - Saturday 17 November at 7.30pm
  • Ormskirk Parish Church - Tuesday 20 November at 7.30pm

 

Programme of Events

all events at St John the Baptist’s Church unless otherwise stated

Thursday 1 November

9.30am - 3.00pm School visits to the Remembrance 100 exhibition (not open to the general public)

7.30-9.00pm Remembrance 100 Exhibition opens

 

Friday 2 November

9.30am - 3.00pm School visits to the Remembrance 100 exhibition (not open to the general public)

7.30pm Faith under Fire Evening – Two soldiers sharing their stories of military service

 

Saturday 3 November

10.00am - 5.00pm Remembrance 100 Exhibition open

7.00pm Faith and Film Night

Joyeux Noel (French for Happy Christmas) is a film focussing on the Christmas Truce in 1914 and the events that followed.  There will be an informal discussion group after the film for those who would like to stay on the talk about the movie. Cert 12

 

Sunday 4 November

9.00am Holy Communion

11.00am Morning Worship and children’s groups

At both service Pete Tomkinson will be sharing about his faith and 20+ years of service in the British Army

1.00pm-5.00pm Remembrance 100 Exhibition open

 

Monday 5 November

10.00am - 12.00 noon Remembrance 100 Exhibition open

 

Tuesday 6 November

11.30am - 5.00pm Remembrance 100 Exhibition open

 

Wednesday 7 November

7.00pm - 9.00pm Remembrance 100 Exhibition open

 

Thursday 8 November

10.00am - 12.00 noon Remembrance 100 Exhibition open

 

Friday 9 November

10.00am - 12.00 noon Remembrance 100 Exhibition open

7.30pm A Building to Remember - An illustrated history of St John the Baptist’s Church and in particular the East window installed to commemorate the end of WW1.

 

Saturday 10 November

8.45am Commemoration event linked to the Commonwealth War Graves in St John’s graveyard.

10.00am - 5.00pm Remembrance 100 Exhibition open

10.40am Commemoration event at Booths Supermarket linked to HMS Ringtail the Royal Navy Air Station which previously occupied the site.

7.00pm Faith and Film - Hacksaw Ridge.  A true story of an army medic’s inspiring heroism during WW2.  Be aware the film contains some graphic scenes of warfare and is rated Cert 15.  There will be an informal discussion group after the film for those who would like to stay on the talk about the movie.

 

Sunday 11 November - Remembrance Commemorations

9.00am Holy Communion with an act of remembrance

10.50am Morning worship and children’s groups including an act of remembrance at 11.00am

2.00pm Churches Together Service at the Village War Memorial

3.00pm Civic Remembrance Service in St John’s Church.  During this service we will read out all the names of all those who are recorded on the village war memorial.

 

Monday 12 November

10.00am - 12.00 noon Remembrance 100 Exhibition open

 

Tuesday 13 November

11.30am - 4.00pm Remembrance 100 Exhibition open

7.30pm Brothers in Arms a performance of the play which has just finished a sell-out run at the Edinburgh Fringe. Tickets cost £3.00 available from St John’s Parish Centre