Find out how you can mark the WW1 centenary with Inspire

Many churches and schools are beginning to think about how to mark the centenary of the end of the First World War this autumn.

INSPIRE is a project which can resource you in your community, helping churches and schools to work together.

INSPIRE is a call-to-action to create a movement of change for peace. Developed by Oasis UK, the aim of INSPIRE is to empower young people not only to learn from the past, but to choose to engage courageously with the present so that the future can be different. Using this year’s centenary of the end of WW1, we want to call young people across the UK and Ireland to take a stand for peace! Over the coming year we want to mobilise a generation to commemorate those who have given their lives in violent conflict, collaborate with others to become a nation of peace builders, and celebrate a hopeful future and what can be achieved together.

On the morning of Friday 9th November 2018, two days before Armistice Day, there will be a series high-profile, simultaneous INSPIRE events that will take place in cathedrals, churches and other major public venues around the UK and Ireland, designed for children and young people. These events will mark the centenary of the end of the ‘Great War’ and will be used to inspire a new generation to take positive action towards peace and conflict resolution in their local communities and personal relationships. Our flagship events are being designed to inspire hundreds of other local events in school halls, church buildings, mosques, community centres etc. across the country.

The host venue for the flagship INSPIRE event in Liverpool is Liverpool Parish Church, and it will involve participation from a number of schools from across the Diocese of Liverpool, as well as a creative partnership with Wirral Methodist Circuit’s The Hope Journey. We would like to encourage churches around the Diocese to engage with the INSPIRE project by contacting their local schools and community organisations to stage their own events and activities that will both mark the day and encourage a legacy of peace-building within their local communities. Liverpool Parish Church will be able to provide resources from Oasis UK to help develop, design and produce the events themselves, as well as materials for build-up and legacy activities leading into and out from November 2018.

To find out more, please contact Dr Louis Johnson at Liverpool Parish Church (enquiries@livpc.co.uk), and check out the Oasis/INSPIRE website.