Across the country, communities are starting to layout plans to commemorate this momentous occasion. As social and spiritual nuclei of many English communities, parish churches are seizing this opportunity and organising concerts, flower festivals, summer fairs, community exhibitions and many other events to celebrate the Queen’s life.
ChurchCare, which supports parishes, dioceses and cathedrals in caring for their buildings today and for the enjoyment of future generations, is encouraging churches to plan an event that reflects the people, values and interests of your community.
Churchcare has produced a comprehensive online resource
to help you plan your event this June, from liturgical materials
for those scheduling a service to commemorate The Queen to general advice
on planning an outdoor event or street party in your community. They can also help to promote planned events by marking them on their celebration map
, and by sharing them on social media with the hashtag #HMQ90.
St Paul’s Cathedral in London will host the official celebration service for the Queen on Friday 10th June, which will be televised on the BBC starting at 11am. For those who would like to model their local celebrations on this service, an outline of the Service of Celebration and Thanksgiving at St Paul’s as well as the texts of Prayers and Intercessions from the service will be available on the ChurchCare website in May, in addition to the prayers published below for use over Her Majesty’s Birthday weekend.
ChurchCare is keen to see parish churches and Church of England schools working together to plan an inclusive event for the whole community. For more ideas on how your school can participate in the festivities click here
No celebration is complete without music
so why not plan a Music Sunday in your parish for the Queen’s Birthday weekend? The Royal School of Church Music can help you plan an event in your community and promote it as part of their annual Music Sunday campaign. For all you bell ringers, you can find information
on when the Central Council of Church Bell Ringers is planning its peal.
Once you have worked out how your community is going to celebrate the Queen’s birthday this June, share your plans by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Churchcare will promote your initiative on the dedicated Celebration Map and on twitter @CofE_ChurchCare using #HMQ90.