Manatū Taonga – Ministry for Culture and Heritage is inviting Presbyterian churches to join the centenary of Armistice Day by participating in the Roaring Chorus campaign on Sunday, 11 November at 11:02am.
The Ministry wants communities to help recreate the ‘roaring chorus’ of thanksgiving and jubilation that erupted across New Zealand as word of the Armistice reached our shores 100 years ago! The Evening Post described the scene in Wellington as such: “There were songs and cheers, miscellaneous pipings and blastings, and tootings and rattlings—a roaring chorus of gladsome sounds.” Similar noisy outpourings of joy and relief were reported across the country.
The Ministry aims to recapture this moment at 11.02am, immediately following the two-minute silence that will be observed nationwide at 11am. Organisations and community groups are being invited to gather whatever ‘instruments’ they have at hand and help create a ‘roaring chorus' to once again celebrate peace and hope for the future.
Congregations will most likely be in services on the morning of Sunday 11 November, and the options for creating a roaring chorus could include the ringing of church or hand bells, choral or congregational singing, or the playing of organ or other church music – or all of these at once!
New Zealand’s Roaring Chorus campaign connects with the British and German Governments’ invitation to nations across the world to participate in bell-ringing at the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month in 2018. This will be a seminal moment in their own Armistice commemorations.
"We know that your church bells usually ring as a call to prayer, but we very much hope you would consider having them ring also at 11.02am on Sunday 11 November," says a representative of the Ministry of Culture and Heritage.
Resources available for free download here: https://ww100.govt.nz/armistice-resources
Congregations are invited to register any "Roaring Chorus" events here: https://ww100.govt.nz/roaring-chorus