On 27th September 2020, across the world our partners will join us in celebrating Cross of Nails Sunday. Watch the film produced for this year by Coventry Cathedral and the CCN UK and Ireland board below:
It’s an opportunity for all worship communities involved with the CCN to pray together as one body, and a chance for us all to reconnect our communities with why the CCN matters, why Coventry still inspires, and where the parallels with our own stories lie.
The central element of Cross of Nails Sunday is a short segment in each partner church’s main Sunday worship service on that day, plus prayers, readings, hymns and other music, and/or talks from those locally whose work in reconciliation inspires, or about which people need reminding.
Each year a different member national board will lead the service; this year’s service, with a strong virtual component given this year’s pandemic situation, will come jointly from Coventry Cathedral in the 80th anniversary year of the Cathedral’s bombing, and from the CCN UK & Ireland member board.
How do I take part this year?
- Churches can incorporate CCN Sunday into their regular Sunday service on that day (see the suggested liturgy here , and the scripts of both the Dean of Coventry’s homily and the CCN UK & Ireland Board Chair’s reflection – you are welcome to use all of these, or just those parts that suit);
- Watch the video at home or how best suits your situation – we will share this on both the Cathedral’s and the CCN’s Facebook pages early on the day itself. Those partners and schools who do not meet on Sundays – and indeed anyone! – please also use this option freely and feel free to share it on your own social media channels;
- Play the video as part of your church service.
Do check our Thought for the week listings to get a flavour of the breadth of our partner organisations and their work. Watch also this wonderful and inspiring video from Bishop Michael Oulton and St George’s Cathedral, Kingston, Ontario, first published the year they joined the network, in 2017: