Remembrance at Chester Road
This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Armistice Day, the end of the First World War. It was meant to have been the war that ended all wars. In all, over sixteen million people were killed: ten million military personnel and six million civilians. Whilst most know that the Great War happened and that it was truly brutal, fewer can say what the war was about.
Seventy-three members of Chester Road Baptist Church were killed in action during the conflict. Most served with the Birmingham Pals, 2nd Battalion (part of the Warwickshire Regiment). It’s hard to comprehend just how devastating a loss this must have been for the church family. They were not just soldiers, they were the future Sunday School teachers, worship musicians, Bible Study leaders, welcome stewards, preachers and service leaders that Chester Road never had.
So it’s right we mark the 100th anniversary. It’s an opportunity to remember and pray for all those affected by war. Jesus said, blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. It is also an opportunity to pray for peace – God’s deep shalom. Blessed are the peacemakers, Jesus said, for they will be called children of God.
Tuesday 6th November @ 7.30 pm
An evocative evening of music and poetry. The Bridge String Quartet
, led by Colin Twigg, a member of both the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (CBSO) and Chester Road Baptist Church, will perform pieces by Elgar, Ravel, Schumann, and Delius. Christopher Kent
, the actor, will read poems by Wilfred Owen, Siegfried Sassoon, Edward Thomas, and Ivor Gurney.
Entry £5 on the door
The building will be very busy that evening so, if you can, please make use of the Chester Road Station Car Park (300 metres, charges apply).
Remembrance Sunday 11th November @ 10.30 am
Our 10.30 am service will include an act of remembrance, and we’ll be joined by members of our Boys and Girls Brigade. It’s an appropriate opportunity for those who served in the military (past or recent) to come in uniform or to bring your service medals.Afterwards, if willing, tell others your story.