With Remembrance being very different this year, we will be uploading some short videos, one a day, from Searchlight Theatre Company with reflections from Jeff Lucas, which we hope you will find helpful.
Monday 9th November 2020: Woodbine Willie - Scene 5
Sunday 8th November 2020: Woodbine Willie - Scene 4
Saturday 7th November 2020: Woodbine Willie - Scene 3
Friday 6th November 2020: Woodbine Willie - Scene 2
Thursday 5th November 2020: Woodbine Willie - Scene 1
Geoffrey Anketell Studdert Kennedy MC (1883–1929) was an English Anglican priest and poet. He volunteered as a chaplain on the Western Front during World War One and was nicknamed Woodbine Willie for giving Woodbine cigarettes along with the bible and spiritual aid to injured and dying soldiers. He won the Military Cross for his reckless courage helping wounded soldiers in No Man’s Land.
Remembrance Sunday 8th November 2020: Unfortunately, due to the current pandemic and the lockdown situation we are in, it is not possible to hold any service in the church building this year, or the usual Act of Remembrance at the war memorial opposite the church. Our morning service at 10.30am on Sunday 8th Nov 2020 will be held on zoom and will have a Remembrance focus, with a two minutes silence at 11am. All are welcome to join us on zoom for this service using the following link:
Meeting ID: 859 4833 4114
Any further news will be posted here on our website and on our Facebook page (StJohnsChurchPenge).
Penge Remembrance Service 11/11/2018
Over 200 people from the community including 80 Air & Army Cadets attended the Remembrance Day service at St John's before joining other members of the community at the War Memorial for a traditional Act of Remembrance. Our young cadets were amazing - so proud of them.
Private Herbert George Columbine VC
(Follow this link to find out more about Private Columbine)
Huge privilege to have taken part in the Commemorative Ceremony for Private Herbert George Columbine VC on 22nd March, 2018 at Penge War Memorial.
Private Columbine was born in Penge 1893 and died in action in Hervilly Woods, France on 22nd March 1918.
Rev Nigel Poole