St EDMUND KING & MARTYR CHURCH
WEST KINGSDOWN, KENT

LETTER FROM THE CLERGY

November 2018


“Memories are what we are made of” so the saying goes. The author Mark Lawrence writes, “A man is made of memories. It is all we are. Captured moments, the smell of a place, scenes played out time and again on a small stage. We are memories, strung on storylines-- the tales we tell ourselves about ourselves, falling through our lives into tomorrow.”

During our lifetime we will all have memories, some of which will be good, others less so. It is amazing what we store both consciously and subconsciously. I am somebody who has stored vivid visual memories of things that have happened to me during my life. Things that happened to me as a child I can recall as if they had happened only yesterday. Often I am also able to remember what I was wearing at the time and certain colours that were prominent in a particular snap shot.


I am extremely lucky that I had a very happy childhood, we weren’t very wealthy but the love that we shared as a family was amazing and perhaps that has something to do with the strength of my visual recall, especially of childhood memories. I remember my first day at school, the classroom, a tall Victorian room, quite dark, with a high window which, as a child, I couldn’t see out of, my wooden desk with an inbuilt shelf underneath which housed my small brown cardboard box with lid, containing my pencil, a book for writing and a book for numbers. I can see myself on that first morning standing at my desk with my mum and my teacher Mrs Lazzel.

Memory is an amazing thing, some of us have better memories than others, some, sadly through illness, lose theirs completely but memories, as Mark Lawrence indicates in his quote, are part of who we are.

At this time of year memories become uppermost in our minds when we remember those who have fought and died that we might live free lives. One of my earliest memories of my ministry here in West Kingsdown was conducting a service to mark the beginning of World War One. At 11pm on 4thAugust 2014 we stood at the War Memorial in the Burial ground and extinguished a candle, leaving us in darkness, a candle that would not be lit again until the hundredth commemoration of the end of that war. Unbelievably we now stand over four years on and during a service, to be held in church at 3pm on Sunday 11thNovember, (to which you are all warmly invited), we will relight that candle to celebrate the end of WW1.


We have a number of events, jointly planned by the local branch of the Royal British Legion, the village and the church from 3rdto 16thNovember (see elsewhere in SEKAM for details). One of the events many of you have already been helping with, the knitting and crocheting of poppies, (wow how amazing you have all been, around 1200 to date!) will culminate in a wonderful display, a visual delight, inside church with another outside cascading from the church tower. The displays will be up over the remembrance weekend and remain up until the end of that week. Do visit.


We remember, memories are part of us. As a Christian community each week in our communion service, in the breaking of bread and the drinking of wine we remember that Jesus died for each one of us. Jesus told us to, ’Do this in remembrance of me’, and so we do just as he asked us to.

Our life journeys are full of memories and so let us join together as members of various village communities this November on this very special anniversary in shared remembrance.

Every Blessing

Rev Sarah



The Rector, Reverend Sarah Corry, can be contacted on 01474 852265, or use our contact form.