All Souls Service - 4th November

The choir and congregation had gone, but this photo was taken as candles burnt on after the All Souls service last year

A Service in Which to Remember: Sunday, 4th November 2018, 6.30pm at St Mary’s Church, Swanage Each year, near to All Saints’ Day and the season of Remembrance, we hold a service to remember those who have died during the past year, as well as those others who remain close to our hearts, though they may have died many years ago. Our intention is to help those who mourn to feel assured of God’s continuing love for them and for those whom they have lost. I invite you to this service.

During the service, we remember those whose funerals we have taken in our churches or at a cemetery or crematorium chapel during the past year, and others we have been asked to remember, Those who would like the name of their loved one to be read out in the service, and we know that many people will request this, should simply add the name to the list at the back of any of the four churches of the team and we will ensure that this happens. Everyone present is invited to share in a simple act of remembrance, involving the lighting and placing of a candle. Many people have found the service helpful as part of their process of bereavement. Children who would like to light a candle for a grandparent may also feel this to be a meaningful moment for them.

If you would like to know more about the service, please contact Revd John Staples on 01929 421715 or email The service is open to everyone and you may like to tell others among your family or friends about it. If you are able to come, I look forward to welcoming you at St Mary's.

If you are not able to be present, I hope that you will find it helpful to know that this service is taking place and to be assured of our continuing prayerful support. The following Wednesday, 7th November, after the normal midweek service of Holy Communion at 11.00 a.m. in St Mary’s (it’s over by about 11.30 a.m.) there will be a much smaller gathering for prayers by the candle stand in the Church for a similar purpose, for those unable to attend the main Service at Which to Remember, the previous Sunday evening.

With every good wish.

John Mann (Team Rector)