On Sunday 12th February 2017 the annual Daffodil Service was held at St Mary’s, a gentle and reflective service with traditional well-loved hymns, where those who have been bereaved can come and remember their loved ones.
The service was led by Revd Andrew Knowles with an address given by Sue Duplock, a member of St Mary’s Church family. During the service the names of those to be remembered were read aloud and the congregation were invited to light a candle in memory of departed relatives or friends.
Traditionally memorial services are held around All Soul’s Day in November or in the weeks leading up to Christmas. Dark days and often gloomy weather can combine to make our spirits feel low and, especially for those who are newly bereaved, it can be a difficult time.
It was back in 2012 that St Mary’s held its first memorial service on the Sunday nearest to Valentine’s Day. The idea came from a widow who wanted to remember her husband when the nights were getting lighter and the bulbs were beginning to grow. She said that Spring was a time of hope and new life and this gave her strength.
To capture that theme of hope and new life pots of daffodils were given to everyone attending the service. Refreshments after the service had been prepared by St Mary’s Church members Carol Carter and Wendy Matthew and were served by them in the Church hall. Guests were invited to stay and chat with church members and others attending the service and enjoy a delicious Afternoon Tea, with plenty of tasty homemade cakes.
Commenting on the afternoon Joe and Grace Bates said “they say it is good to remember, and smile, and be thankful for all those that we have loved and lost but remembering also brings to mind the pain of loss, missed opportunities and regret. Attending the Daffodil Service gave us a safe reflective space to remember and give thanks for loved ones in a meaningful way, in the company of others who shared that same sense of loss. Although there was pain there was also thankfulness. Empathic words, lit candles and a gift of daffodil bulbs all brought a sense of comfort and hope.”
Maggie Lowe added “The Daffodil Service, on 12th February 2017, was a gentle service of reassurance and comfort. The gift of daffodils, and the beautifully served afternoon tea which followed, showed us the continuation of life and its blessings.”
Diary Date – Daffodil Service at 3pm on Sunday 11th February 2018