Coming Together in Hope II – 23 March

A service for Black communities affected by the Covid-19 pandemic on the National Day of Reflection.

Thursday 23 March, Aberdeen Street Church of God of Prophecy, Birmingham from 7 – 9 pm.

For many, the deep trauma of losing loved ones during Covid is still very real. The National Day of Reflection is a day to support them and to reflect on the lives of the people who have died. To mark this occasion we are holding this second special service to support and uplift Black communities (African and Caribbean diaspora here in the UK) affected by Covid-19, highlighting the disproportionate effect of the pandemic. Whatever background you are from you are welcome because the impact on Black communities affects our nation as a whole.

The ecumenical service will be hosted by Bishop Paul McCalla at Aberdeen Street Church of God of Prophecy. It will feature saxophonist Samantha-Jayne, dance by Francesca McDowall and Claudeth Bennett with Released to Worship and, Carol Brown and Judith Ingram-Brown with Worship Warriors, soloist Sandra Godley, poetry by Tamoy Cameron, prayers led by Churches Together in England’s Shermara Fletcher, and Tolu Olajide, readings by Zarah and Victoria Henry with the homily by Rev Leone Martin.

This is an intergenerational event, and there will be an emphasis on including children and young people in recognition that they are also still grieving many losses. The evening will feature activities to support people to reflect, including a roll call of names of those who have died during the period of the pandemic led by Rev David Whyte from the Wesleyan Holiness Church.

We need to unite in our communities and as a nation to acknowledge the lasting pain and create a legacy of compassion.

Book your place (free) at Coming Together in Hope II. If you are unable to attend the service will be streamed on YouTube.

There will be a nationwide minute’s silence at noon on Thursday 23 March.

Learn more about other activities on the National Day of Reflection.