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Sharing resource launched to enable churches to prepare for HM The Queen’s 90th birthday

16 December 2015

A central news sharing resource for churches has been launched to encourage and equip communities as they organise celebrations to mark Her Majesty The Queen’s 90th official birthday in June 2016. The Church of England’s ChurchCare website will provide a virtual map of events and offers tips on themed celebrations, a helpful checklist on how to involve community partners as well as publicity opportunities.

Dr John Inge, Bishop of Worcester and lead Bishop for Church Buildings said, ‘Churches up and down the land will be organising myriad events in thanksgiving for the wonderful Christian service that the Queen has given, celebrating her commitment to God and the common good over ninety years. ChurchCare will be doing everything possible to help by offering practical advice and creating a virtual space where communities can exchange imaginative ideas on how to mark this great milestone in the life of our Queen and nation.’

Official celebrations will take place in London between the 10th and 12th June including a thanksgiving service at St Paul’s Cathedral, a Birthday Parade on Horse Guards Parade and a street party in The Mall. It is envisaged that church events will be integrated into local community celebrations that take place that weekend.

The birthday celebration weekend offers churches the opportunity to share local stories from the last 90 years through exhibitions and oral histories, securing these memories for future generations. Liturgical resources are also in preparation and will be made available on the CofE website in the New Year.

The link to the resource is: http://churchcare.co.uk/about-us/campaigns/news/943-queen-s-90th-birthday
News of planned events can be sent to ChurchCare by email: queensbirthday@churchofengland.org
Twitter: @CofE_ChurchCare using #HMQ90

More information can also be found here.