Remembrance Sunday saw a remarkable exercise in reconciliation when German preacher Revd Christa Hunzinger preached at St Lukeâ€™s, in Ferryhill.
St Lukeâ€™s has been part of a partnership between the Anglican Diocese of Durham and a Lutheran church in Northern Germany, since the late 1980s.
Christa said: â€œWe decided that we would like to focus on reconciliation for our partnership work, particularly given the events happening between 2014-2018 to mark one hundred years.
â€œI was thankful to be invited to preach at St Lukeâ€™s in Ferryhill – it is not taken for granted that a German should be able to preach, someone from a former enemy.â€
St Lukeâ€™s Vicar Keith Lumsdon said that the church had a long relationship with churches in Germany and said of the Remembrance Day service : â€œI see this as a wonderful act of reconciliation.â€