Churches around the country will start 100 days of prayer, peace and reconciliation on Saturday, 4 August as part of Remembrance 100, which has been launched to mark the centenary of the end of World War I.

To help participants be most effective during this period, which leads up to 11 November, HOPE, the organisation behind the initiative, has made available a book, 100 Days of Peace and Hope, and will run a social media campaign.

These bring together prayers and suggestions for peace-making activities contributed by church leaders, Christian charities, chaplaincies, and ministries from Britain and the Commonwealth. HOPE is also publishing a commemorative booklet entitled Silence, for churches to give away at Remembrance services.

Rev Nims Obunge, the Queen’s deputy lieutenant for Greater London and CEO of The Peace Alliance, urges people to get involved in Remembrance 100: Plan to organise a peace prayer event, community peace talks, a peace festival, a peace arts and poetry competition, peace projects and many more community building activities.”

On Sunday, 4 August 1918 King George V and Queen Mary joined members of the House of Commons and the House of Lords for a special service at the Church of St Margaret, Westminster. The King had asked that 4 August 1918, the fourth anniversary of the declaration of war, should be observed as a National Day of Prayer. The war ended 100 days later.

As well as reflecting on loss, this year also gives us the chance to look forward as we mark the end of World War 1 and pray for peace,” says Roy Crowne, HOPE’s executive director. We have set up Remembrance 100 in partnership with others to help churches bring communities together to mark this significant point in our history. Already there are many ways in which communities, churches and schools can get involved.”

For resources and more information about Remembrance 100, which is supported by Christian denominations, other ministries, and military chaplaincies, visit www​.remem​brance100​.co​.uk