Wondering how to vote in European elections in May?” ask Churches

european electionsChurches are urging people to vote in the upcoming European Parliament elections in May and have produced a document outlining important issues for the election with the aim of boosting turnout and encouraging people to reflect on their vote.

 

The United Reformed Church plants white and red poppies for peace and remembrance

moderators planting poppiesThe United Reformed Church is encouraging churches across the three nations to plant white and red poppy seeds during Holy Week, as symbols of peace and remembrance with the hope that they will bloom on or around 4 August, the 100 year commemoration of the declaration of the First World War.

 

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Photo credit: Mother & baby by Axel Bϋhrmann

the day I brought my baby home
the sky was full of wonder
gold swans swam on ponds of pearl
and bells pealed out like thunder

I carried him as royalty
and all across the town
great, loud brass-bands of soldiers made
a celebrating sound
and angry boys smiled back at us
great men paused at their lunches
the queen waved from a passing car
buds burst on winter branches
inside our room we could not hear
the music from the park
just a drip, drip, drip from the broken tap
in the kitchen in the dark
me and my Crown-prince in our room
casting his glow of glory
watching comets through chimney-pots
proclaim our story   

© Lucy Berry 2011

Photo credit: Mother & baby by Axel Bϋhrmann http://www.flickr.com/photos/snapeverything/787337321/ Licence: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/deed.en

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