The Church of England and the Diocese of Derby are supporting the National Day of Reflection on Tuesday, 23 March 2021, the first anniversary of the UK lockdown, to commemorate this tragic loss of life and to stand together with everyone who’s grieving, whether as a result of Covid or other causes.
Organised by Marie Curie, the National Day of Reflection looks to reflect on our collective loss, support those who've been bereaved, and hope for a brighter future.
How can churches get involved?
- Include it in your notices and prayers on Sunday 21 March. Prayer and intercession resources are available that use the key words – reflect, support, hope.
- Put up posters in your community, raising awareness.
- Toll the church bell just after noon to mark the end of the minute’s silence.
- Email/print and send the prayer postcard to anyone and everyone to use at home on that day.
- Light a special candle in the church and say the prayer – record it on your phone or tablet and share the film on social media.
- Use the 8.00pm ‘share the light’ moment to light candles and lanterns in windows.
- Encourage people to phone or send a card to anyone who may feel bereaved(CofE research shows that 6 out of 10 adults have lost someone in the last year where they would have attended the funeral. 4 out of 10 say they have lost someone close to them).
- Involve the local school and encourage them to use the simple prayer at noon or to colour daffodil cards and deliver them to a local care home.
- Invite people to plant a seed, a bulb or bush as a sign of hope.
- Invite people to tie yellow ribbons to a prayer tree or railings as a sign of their prayer and support for all who are bereaved.
- Contact your local media to see if you can go and talk about grief and loss: CofE research shows that two-thirds of people definitely expect the church to be there for those who want to talk. Please let the communications team know if you are going to do this.
- Open your church for private prayer, if you are able.