The CofE website now has a section to help clergy and lay leaders prepare for All Saints' Day, All Souls’ Day and Remembrance in 2020. The page has sections on downloadable and printable resources, liturgies and prayers, and digital plans.
The Diocese of Derby worship resilience group have provided these ideas:
All Souls/memorial services
- Gather pictures to display in church or on screen of people to be remembered.
- Liturgy to be used in the home to remember loved ones over a meal.
- Light candles in memory as names read out during a service or done virtually.
- Monthly, light candles for those who have died in the previous month.
- Use of liturgy at home during the funeral service for those who cannot attend by simply giving a copy of service being used to family for them to distribute (can be done via email).
- Sunday, 8 Nov - a normal service (within Covid guidelines).
- Pre-record a service that can be livestreamed/YouTubed.
- Get the youth group/school to put a video together to be used in streaming of services.
- Encourage people to lay poppies/ wreaths on memorials during week of Remembrance.
- “Outside services – strictly following government guidelines for outdoor services. If applicable, please liaise with your local council to check if a service is possible and provide a booking system. Suggest using recorded musical accompaniment.
- Encourage poppies to be placed in windows for a memorial display.
- Light a candle in a window at 11am on 11 November.
- Watch the national service from the Cenotaph, hosted by the British Legion, on BBC1.
Download mp3 music files
Here are various recordings of music for Remembrance, arranged by Alexander Binns, Director of Music at Derby Cathedral and recorded and sung by Derby Cathedral Choir.
The Last Post - played on the trumpet by Edward Turner, Assistant Director of Music, Derby Cathedral
Rouse/Reveille - played on the trumpet by Edward Turner, our Assistant Director of Music, Derby Cathedral