We are asked by the Bishops of England and Wales to stop, reflect, remember and pray on this day.

We are asked to reflect on what has happened and to take this time to place your own private intentions and thoughts.

All NPCAT schools asked to stop at midday with a minute’s silence, where we take time to think of all of those whose lives have been so greatly affected by the events of this year.

The trust HQ will fall silent at noon with a minute’s silence also.

The chapel will have reflections throughout the day for staff who wish some quiet reflection.

We reflect and pray for:

Those who have died. That God welcomes them and shelters them.

Those who have suffered physically, mentally and spiritually. That God heals them and cares for them.

For those who have worried about employment and security. That God, as a caring father protects them.

For those in families suffering with tension and difficulties. That God comforts and guides them.

For those who have shown selflessness, support and compassion to support and help others. That God continues to be within them as a light to others.

For those who have shown courage, perseverance and given hope to others. That God continues to strengthen them and guide them.

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11

Hugh Hegarty