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WW1: Patience Prayers

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  • WW1: Patience Prayers

Category: Prayer Activities Age Group: 7 - 11's Age Group: 12 - 16's Age Group: 16+

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These activities have been developed, not to trivialise Remembrance Day, but to increase understanding and awareness by engaging children and young people with the realities of World War One (WW1).

The war lasted for 4 years, 3 months and 2 weeks from 28th July 1914 – 11th November 1918. Every day, the soldiers hoped that the fighting would end so that they could go home to their families. When we face difficult situations, when we feel sad or fearful, it can feel like time is passing slowly. For the soldiers in WW1, those 4 years must have felt like a lifetime. When we face difficult situations, when we feel sad or fearful, it can feel like time is passing slowly.

This activity was adapted from Jane Whittington, Schools Officer Christian Distinctiveness for the Diocese of Guildford.