Bishop to lead Remembrance Sunday service

The Rt Rev. Philip North (left) with Diocesan Bishop and Bishop of Blackburn, Rt Rev. Julian Henderson (centre) with the Bishop of Lancaster, Rt Rev. Geoff Pearson. (s)
The Rt Rev. Philip North (left) with Diocesan Bishop and Bishop of Blackburn, Rt Rev. Julian Henderson (centre) with the Bishop of Lancaster, Rt Rev. Geoff Pearson. (s)
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As churches of all sizes across the county prepare for Remembrance Sunday services on Sunday, the Bishop of Burnley, the Rt Rev. Philip North is attending a local commemoration by churches in Read and Simonstone.

Bishop Philip will attend the Remembrance Sunday service at St John’s Church in Read at 9-30 am, before walking with the congregation to meet others at St Peter’s Church in Simonstone for a joint wreath laying ceremony at 11-20 am.

Poppies for Remembrance Sunday (s)

Poppies for Remembrance Sunday (s)

The Bishop will then join a community gathering of both congregations after the commemorations.

Bishop Philip said: “I am honoured to be joining with the congregations in Read and Simonstone to remember before God the sacrifice across the years of many brave men and women.

“We owe so much to those who dedicate their lives to defending our country, sometimes paying the ultimate sacrifice.

“At the same time our armed forces continue to protect our freedom today and so we honour them as well; asking God to protect them and to watch over their families.”

Also on Sunday, Diocesan Bishop and Bishop of Blackburn, Rt Rev. Julian Henderson, will attend a Civic Service at Blackburn Cathedral, while the Bishop of Lancaster, Rt Rev. Geoff Pearson is at an ecumenical service in Forton Village Hall.