Lest We Forget

Welcome to the fifth all-digital issue of Spotlight. November is by tradition the month of Remembrance, and though its timing is a function of the Armistice at the end of the first world war, this year has also marked the Covid-muted 85th anniversary of the ending of the second.

Our Memorial on the Green proudly bears thirty-three names. Twenty-five are from the first war and eight from the second - silent testimony and eloquent tribute to all who have made the supreme sacrifice in defence of the freedoms and values that we enjoy today. And which we should never, ever take for granted.

Remembrance: we owe them that. We owe them much, much more than that.

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Remembrance Sunday

Holy Cross Church will be marking Remembrance Sunday on
Sunday 8th November, a day to remember those who gave their lives for our security and freedom. We recognise that Covid restrictions will mean that this year will look a little different, many will not be able to attend and plans may need to change at the last minute. As if prophesying, please note the amended start time for this service.
We will publicise details of what will be taking place during Remembrance tide on the church website (, through notices posted on the church noticeboards and those around the village. Please keep an eye out for updates.

I invite you to make poppies to display in our windows, as a communal Act of Remembrance, red to remember those who have died in wars and conflicts and white as a prayer for peace and thanksgiving for that peace.

Below is a prayer which will be included in our service on Remembrance Sunday

O God of truth and justice,
we hold before you those people
who have been injured or who have died in active service.
As we honour their courage and cherish their memory,
may we put our faith in your future;
for you are the source of life, peace and hope,
now and for ever.

Holy Cross, Sarratt,
- and -
St Paul’s, Chipperfield

Church services in the Benefice are held in accordance with Government guidelines and regulations relating to public worship during the on-going pandemic.

Because of the current restrictions, numbers attending services in Holy Cross and St Paul’s need to be restricted.

To book a place at a service, contact Sonya Tolmie, Benefice Administrator, as soon as you know you wish to attend. Phone 01923 264377 or email

Please wear a mask in church and follow the directions of the sidespeople. Thank you.

Everyone is welcome. Services described as ‘Family Services’ are particularly child friendly - although families are very welcome indeed to attend any of the services in our churches.

Please note the start times and ven
ues for the November services (click here for more details)
Service arrangements may change because of the Covid-19 pandemic. Please see our Benefice Weekly News Sheet on for the most up-to-date information.

Other Resources:
Our church services, or extracts from them, can be watched on our YouTube channel - for details, see the Benefice Weekly News Sheet on our website

Resources for prayers, intercessions and worship are available on the Church of England website and the Diocese of St Albans website

For further information, please see our Benefice Weekly News Sheet on

In this Issue...

"Remember, Remember, the fifth of November..." The best we can do is a rather spectacular display from last year. It's on our Features page, if you don't mind it being soundless and want to go "Oooh" and Aaah" without getting cold, wet, or having your hair singed by a stray spark...
...meanwhile, we continue to publish the pages relating to Sarratt's Covid response - until we are notified of any significant changes, that is. We live in hope. And, this month of all months, in Remembrance.