November 1999: All Saints
carpet at front covered in leaves pictures of saints half-hidden in leaves DAVE a timeline marked out along the centre aisle of the church, with dates from Christ to the present day [two millennia]; at the appropriate dates saints/heroes of the faith marked with their names and a small biography of why they are of note, and a candle. STEVE
Celtic history of why All Saints/All Souls is celebrated at this time of year tradition of awareness of mortality at onset of winter, and remembering those who have died [explanation of leaves/picutres?] DAVE
ACT OF REMEMBRANCE:
one minute's silence First world war poem DAVE
introduction/explanation give congregation 5-10 minutes to look at it STEVE
people come back to front and settle in small groups to discuss/share people of the faith who have inspired them, whether historical or present-day, well-known or not.
IAN will speak about making connections between the heroes of the past and our lives in christ today, and how we pass those connections on in our turn.
postcards are handed out. each person writes the name of someone who has been their example on one side - who/why; then on the other side they write their own pledge to be that example for other people, and stick their photo on that side. IAN
short intro, the video of the Blue Peter time capsule burial c. 1970 is shown [if found - MARK] the cards are then gathered up and placed in the time capsule, along with grace memorabilia, to pass the memory of this group of saints gathered here tonight on into the future.
the time capsule is taken outside and buried. sparklers may be lit. JONNY [IAN is getting a time capsule]
everyone then comes back into the church
CONCLUDING PRAYER OR MEDITATION
to be decided