As part of the World War One Centenary Commemorations Church of England churches are offering screenings of the critically appraised film Journey’s End.
In association with Leatherhead-based charity Combat Stress, the film is being offered to churches for their local community to watch and engage with the issues it presents surrounding soldiers’ physical and psychological experiences of trench warfare.
St Paul’s Church, Howell Hill, in the diocese, is one of the churches screening the film and has already allocated more than 400 tickets.
St Paul’s has many close personal connections to the First World War with many in the congregation having relatives who had fought in the First World War. The Revd Martin Wainwright said:
“One woman’s father was awarded a Military Cross and went on to fight in the Second World War. Another showed me his great uncle’s last letter home before being killed. It’s still very close.”
Commenting on the film Martin Wainwright said Journey’s End was:
“One of those movies you need to watch but don’t necessarily want to watch. It’s about the reality and the cost of war. With over 400 tickets allocated it promises to be a special event.
“I’d love to see the film shown in as many churches and for local communities to really engage with this powerful film as part of their remembrance on this important occasion.”
Churches can request to screen the film by filling out a short form on the Church of England website.