Remembrance Sunday, which falls on 11 November in 2018, is a day for the nation to remember and honour those who have sacrificed themselves to secure and protect our freedom. Among the many physical reminders of the Great War are countless memorials inside and outside churches together with rolls of honour which record the names of men and women who gave their lives.

This year, the centenary of the Armistice which ended the hostilities of the First World War is being marked across the nation. Armistice day remembers the agreement between the Allies and Germany on November 11, 1918, to stop fighting which marked victory for the Allies and defeat for Germany. It was signed in Compiegne in Northern France and came into effect at 11am. Although hostilities continued in some areas, the armistice essentially brought an end to fours years of fighting in the First World War.

This page includes a wide range of resources and materials you can use to mark the centenary, including a pocket size book to give away to those attending a remembrance event.


Services of commemoration

  • ‘Aftermath’ by Joan van Emden, Licensed Lay Preacher at Christ Church, Reading, and mother of the Military Historian Richard van Emden.
    PDF version | Word version (editable)
  • ‘Reconciliation’ by Joan van Emden.
    PDF version | Word version (editable)
    You can read more about these services and Joan’s reflection on reconciliation and war in the autumn edition of the Door and online here.

Resources from the Anglican Pacifist Fellowship and CTBI

Peace parties and resources for schools

Local events

  • ‘Poppy Field’ sound and light display at Christ Church Cathedral
  • Bell ringers needed in Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire to ring the peace
  • St. Edburg’s Church, Bicester, “We will remember them” Open Day, Saturday 10 November 10am to 4pm
  • Islip Remembers: an exhibition in St Nicholas, Islip from 1–14 November showing details of men and women from Islip’s war generation with their photographs, newspaper cuttings and brief biographies. The church will be open during the day from 11-5pm.

Church of England resources