18 December 2015

Celebrating the Queen’s 90th Birthday


In her 2014 Christmas broadcast the Queen described Jesus Christ as ‘an anchor in my life’ and a ‘role-model’. It is the most recent of many public references the Queen has made to her Christian faith. 

The Queen has served the country and Commonwealth for more than 60 years. From 10-12 June 2016 we will celebrate her 90th birthday. It is a chance to say thank you.

HOPEBible Society and the London Institute for Contemporary Christianity (LICC) are publishing a very special, 64-page book focusing on the Queen’s Christian faith as a tribute to her life of service. The Servant Queen - and the King She Serves is a beautifully illustrated short book, which uses the Queen’s own words to draw out the central role of her trust in Jesus Christ, offering an inspiring, multi-faceted insight into a life well-lived for others. 

Advance orders for The Servant Queen have already reached more than 60,000 with Anglican dioceses and denominations ordering copies to give away.

Paul Woolley, Deputy Chief Executive at Bible Society, said, ‘In drawing attention to the central role of the Queen’s faith on her life and reign, The Servant Queen will be a unique 90th birthday publication. The book is certain to inform, surprise, entertain and challenge, all at the same time.’

Mark Greene, Executive Director of LICC, added, ‘The Queen has served us all her adult life, with amazing consistency of character, concern for others and a clear dependence on Christ. The more I’ve read what she’s written and talked to people who know her, the clearer that is. What a simple way to start a conversation about Jesus.’

HOPE’s Executive Director Roy Crowne says, ‘This is a great opportunity for churches to bring communities together. Start planning your local events now. Work with other churches and use this opportunity to start conversations about what it means to be a follower of Jesus.’

Yemi Adedeji, HOPE’s Associate Director, says: ‘Let’s bring our communities together to give thanks to God for Her Majesty’s life of service to the Commonwealth. And let’s pray for her, as she has asked us to do since before her coronation.’

The Queen’s birthday celebrations in 2016 will be marked throughout the Commonwealth. Her actual birthday on 21 April will be celebrated officially with:
  • four days of celebrations in Windsor 12-15 May; 
  • a service of thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral on Friday 10 June; 
  • the traditional trooping the colour ceremony - the Queen’s birthday parade - on Saturday 11 June in Horse Guards Parade, and 
  • a massive street party for 10,000 people on The Mall on Sunday 12 June. 
The whole country is invited to join the celebrations in our own villages, towns or cities.

Just like the Diamond Jubilee celebrations in 2012, HOPE will be supporting churches with resources and ideas to bring communities together for this national celebration. These include:
  • posters, invitations and bunting from HOPE’s partner CPO
  • a booklet to give away to children, published with Scripture Union
  • school assembly ideas and lesson plans, also from Scripture Union
  • church service ideas and a commemorative, customisable order of service from the Leaders of Worship and Preachers Trust
  • a street-party planning guide from Fusion Youth & Community. 
All the resources will be available to buy from February from www.hopetogether.org.uk.


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