Bells Across America Sunday
This Sunday, October 9th, Sterling United Methodist Church will be participating in Bells Across America: a tribute to our Nation’s fallen firefighters.
The sound of a bell holds special significance for firefighters. Historically, the toll of a bell summoned members to the station, signaled the beginning of a shift, notified departments of a call for help, and indicated a call was completed and the unit had returned to the station.
Departments sounded a series of bells when a firefighter died in the line of duty to alert all members that a comrade had made the ultimate sacrifice. This time-honored tradition continues today during the funerals or memorial services for firefighters.
Bells will ring from coast to coast as a grateful nation pauses on Sunday, October 9, 2022 to honor those firefighters who died in the line of duty in 2021 and previous years. At Sterling Church, we are taking part in the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend for the first time, and we are excited to ring not only our beautiful handbells but also our newly restored historic church bell.
We will begin our service this Sunday around the flagpole in front of the church (weather permitting) and our church bell will toll to invite us into this very meaningful service. We will offer special music and presentations throughout the morning worship.
SUMC has a longstanding friendship with the Loudoun County Fire and Rescue, and we are proud to stand with them as they honor their fallen comrades.
Join us this Sunday and give thanks!