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Whitley churches invite you to join Great War services

As the country joins together to mark the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War, two churches in Whitley are inviting you to join in its acts of remembrance tonight. 

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St Barnabas Church in Elm Road, Whitley, will be opening its doors at 8pm for a short reflective service. 

Then, from 10pm, St Agnes Church in Northumberland Road will be screening a live broadcast of he vigil and service from Westminster Abbey. 

The churches are also encouraging people to trn off all lights at 10pm, lighting a candle for an hour before extinguishing it at 11pm in a shared moment of reflection to mark the anniversary. 

The churches’ vicar, the Revd Vernon Orr, said: “As the national church, the Church of England has been asked to help the country mark this anniversary.

“We are a great nation with a great history but the First World War was a deeply traumatic episode that marked England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales and also involved millions of volunteers from our Empire too.

“We will be thanking God for our countrymen who did what they felt was right.

“Thanking Him for their bravery and incredible sacrifice and praying too that we may learn the lessons so that we might do everything possible to work for peace in our day and avoid wars.”