Bishop of Chichester to lead prayers at Sussex Memorial Service

Prayers at the Sussex Memorial Service on Sunday November 22 will be led by the Bishop of Chichester.

Last updated:
6 February 2018

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The Bishop of Chichester will lead the prayers at the Sussex Memorial Service on Sunday November 22.

The Right Reverend Dr Martin Warner will open the special service with a prayer for the victims of the Shoreham Air Show tragedy.

The service, at Lancing College Chapel, will pay tribute to the 11 people who died. It will also recognise the role carried out by emergency services who responded to the tragedy.

Dr Warner said today: "This will be an important moment for so many people who were caught up in the sudden and tragic events of that Saturday in Shoreham. As well as joining in prayerful support for the bereaved and injured we will also remember the remarkable courage showed by so many on the day as they extended human kindness and support to one another."

The hymns chosen for the occasion are Lord of All Hopefulness and I Vow to Thee, My Country.

The readings have been chosen by the families and include The Comfort and Sweetness of Peace and A Letter from Heaven. The Bible reading is John 14, 1-7.

The readings will be given by family members.

As part of the service the 11 names of those who died will be read out ahead of a minute’s silence at 1.22pm, the time of the crash. Following this each family will light a candle to be placed on the Chapel’s alter.

Personal reflections of the rescue effort following the tragedy have been written and will be read by Sean Ruth, Chief Fire Officer from West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service, Giles York, Sussex Police Chief Constable, and Paul Sutton, Chief Executive of South East Coast Ambulance Service.

The Vicar of Shoreham, The Reverend Canon Ann Weizeneker, the choir at Lancing College and the college’s Chaplain will also be part of the service.

Among the guests are Lord Lieutenant of West Sussex, Susan Pyper, and the Lord Lieutenant of East Sussex, Peter Field, representing the Queen and the Rt Hon Greg Clark, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, representing the Government.

The service has been organised by a group of local authority leaders and representatives of the emergency services, brought together by Shoreham MP Tim Loughton. Lancing College has provided the Chapel to hold the service.

Members of the local community, including businesses and young people, have also been involved with the organisation.

Due to limited space in Lancing College Chapel admittance to the memorial service has had to be restricted and is by invitation. Priority has been given to the families who have lost loved ones and emergency responders who were first on the scene.

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