Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Church Matters

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Church Matters

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Byline: By Francis Wood


On Remembrance Day, our thoughts and prayers focus on the departed of two world wars, and other wars too. In our charity, we extend our thoughts to those who were once our enemies. Last year I visited a cemetery near Ypres which held hundreds of German soldiers lost in the First World War. The contrast with British war graves, with their pure white headstones, was quite marked. In contrast, the Germans were laid to rest in group graves, row upon sombre row. The stones, one for each group, were of dark material, the accent of the place was on the grief of war. I found the contrast uncomfortable.

But remembrance is not the only theme for November 11. Today is also the feast day of St Martin of Tours, a 4th Century Hungarian soldier who became a patron saint of France. Martin took part in an incident which became the most famous aspect of his life. With his soldiers he met a scantily-dressed beggar at the roadside. On impulse he sliced his own cloak in half and shared it with the beggar. That night he dreamt Jesus was wearing his half-cloak. I'm sure he's glad to share his day with the cause of Remembrance.


In a church magazine dated 1905, Sheena Whiteley of St Hugh's, Gosforth, discovered some household hints that could be useful in today's ecological society:

Meat bones can be ground down and boiled for jelly and are also useful as fuel. Don't waste any sheets of brown paper; they can be sewn together, buttoned at the edges and used as blankets for your children during these cold nights.

And here's some good advice for the summer:

When going on holiday, always take a zinc bath with you in case the house where you are staying does not have one. You can use it to carry the family's boots as well.


A lecture in the Breathing Space series features Jim Adams, author of The Thinking Person's Guide to the Church. …

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