World War 1 Commemoration

WW1 Commemorations


Significant Dates for Commemoration

2018 Victory, Thanksgiving and Peace

Armistice Day - Sunday 11th November 2018

Marking the Armistice

Battle's Over - A Nation's Tribute (PDF)
A guide to the events happening across the country and opportunities to get involved to mark the centenary of the end of the First World War. 

Church Of England Resources (PDF)
Resources from the Church of England - including new worship and prayer resources to mark the centenary of the end of the First World War.

Examples of how churches are marking the centenary of the Armistice

St Christopher's Church in Haslemere have displayed two giant curtains made of more than 12,000 handmade poppies to hang down the sides of the tower and unfurl a newflag of St George.

View the news story.


Ideas for marking the Armistice centenary

Cathedral Nativity Figures

Local schools help bring lowly cattle-shed to life at Guildford Cathedral this Christmas News Schools news

04 December 2018
Visitors to Guildford Cathedral this year will be treated to a display of model nativity characters designed by local schools...

Churches to screen ‘Journey’s End’ for WW1 Centenary Commemorations News

07 November 2018
The film is being offered to churches for their local community to watch and engage with the issues it presents ...

Ring Out for Peace

Church bell ringers around Britain are invited to join in a major event later this year to commemorate the centenary of the end of World War 1.

The commemoration, organised by Battle’s Over, seeks more than 1,000 churches ringing their bells simultaneously at 7.05pm on the night of November 11th 2018.

Find out more and register.


A Nation's Thank ​You

As part of the programme to commemorate the centenary of the Armistice which signalled the end of the First World War, Her Majesty's Government is inviting communities and churches across the UK to ring bells on 11 November at 12.30pm.

Find out more.

Join 100 Days of Prayer

4 August 2018
One hundred years on from a national day of prayer called by George V, this will be the first day of 100 days of prayer across the country, running until Armistice Day in November. Every day there will be prayers and actions for peace. You can sign up to take part and spend just a few minutes of your day, adding your prayers to those of tens of thousands more.

Find out more.

How is your church marking the centenary? Let us know by emailing


'Hear My Cry'

Words for when there are no words

As individuals and communites across the country reflect on the First World War during its centenary, the Bible Society is marking this anniversary with an illustrated collection of psalms, poems and personal stories to aid reflection about the Great War. Adaptable to different circumstances, Hear My Cry also contains hymns and prayers and will be suitable for religious and civic ceremonies, as well as for personal use.

The majority of the personal stories are drawn from original research among families whose ancestors fought or died in the War. Many of the soldiers' Bibles have survived, some with dramatic evidence of the part they played.

Greater Love Resource Pack 
Several short films and interviews with military personnel, focussing on the sacrifice that was made 100 years ago, and is still being made by military families today that may be downloaded free of charge. A series of sermon ideas, liturgies and prayers are also available to support the videos.


Commonwealth War Graves Commission
This website commemorates the 1,700,000 men and women of the commonwealth forces who died in the two world wars.


Reflective Prayer Stations
Information and instructions for prayer stations and activities to commemorate World War One.

Big Ideas Projects
A series of of projects from Big Ideas commemorating the centenary of the Armistice - ranging from bell ringing, the air force and football. 

The Bible Society
A number of useful resources for use in either church or civic services.

There But Not There
A series of visually striking silhouttes of soldiers to commemorate the centenary of the Armistice.
Silent Soldier
Silent Soldiers, depicting the silhouette of a First World War soldier, are available to buy through the Surrey Royal British Legion on 01372 377 492.

British Legion
Resources and ideas to help us think about and thanks all those who lived through the world's first truly global war.

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