A million gifts to celebrate the Queen's birthday
Churches throughout the country are celebrating the Queen’s 90th birthday by giving away copies of The Servant Queen and the King She Serves
to guests at parties and special services. The 64-page gift book with a foreword by Her Majesty The Queen, has been published by HOPE, Bible Society and the London Institute for Contemporary Christianity and uses the Queen’s own words to draw out the central role of her trust in Jesus Christ.
Unusually, the book is not available for sale in shops. The Queen wrote the foreword on the understanding that it would be a gift to give, not a book to sell commercially. Churches and individuals can order copies in batches of 10 for just £10 plus p&p on the understanding that they will give the books away.
More than 890,000 copies of The Servant Queen
have been snapped up since the book was published in February as orders have flooded in from churches across the country.
Roy Crowne, HOPE’s executive director, says ‘We have now printed a million copies of the book to keep up with orders, and we are trusting that this will lead to hundred of thousands of conversations about Jesus in villages, towns and cities across the country.’
At the same time as the street party for 10,000 is being held on The Mall in London on Sunday 12th June, residents of Barlick in Lancashire
are invited to a Street Party on the Town Square. There will be games and dancing including Barlick’s largest conga. The event is being organised by HOPE Barlick, all the churches in Barlick working together.
In Eastbourne, East Sussex
6,000 copies of the book will be given away at the town’s summer carnival from the Churches Together for Eastbourne float. The Bishop of Lewes, Rt Rev Richard Jackson said, ‘As we celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday, churches throughout Eastbourne are also celebrating her life of Christian service to the nation and Commonwealth. We are delighted to be able to give 6,000 copies of this special royal birthday book The Servant Queen and the King She Serves
as a gift to carnival-goers.’.
Members of the House of Lords
and the House of Commons
have been given copies of the book, which was also given to guests at a reception in the Speaker’s House in Parliament.
SwanBank Methodist Church in Burslem, Stoke on Trent
, is working with local churches, and civic bodies to hold a street party for 2000 people to mark the Queen’s birthday. The local MP and Port Vale Football Club will be attending the event and the churches are planning to give copies of The Servant Queen to guests. The afternoon’s festivities in Swan Square, Burslem, will finish with an open air service in the square.
In Bermondsey, London
, Paul Warren, Church Army Missioner for the United Benefice of St James and St Anne, ordered 1200 copies of The Servant Queen to give to families in the local primary school. Also, each member of the church has received two copies, one to keep and one to give away. On Sunday 12th June, when the country and Commonwealth will be celebrating the Queen’s birthday, the Bermondsay church will hold an open air thanksgiving service plus a free community fun day and BBQ where people will also receive a copy of the book.
Christ Church and St Peter’s Church Mountsorrel in Leicestershire
have bought 4,000 copies. On Sunday 8th May they launched a week of prayer with a special service to pray for households in the village. During the week, every home was prayed for as members delivered copies of The Servant Queen with an invitation to a party on the village green.
East Gate Church in Elderslie, Renfrewshire, Scotland
is holding a Vintage Tea Party for the Queen’s 90th Birthday with a Swing Band and lots of tea, cakes, sandwiches, chocolates.
Local churches in Chalfont St Peter, Buckinghamshire
, including Gold Hill Baptist Church, are holding a celebration on Saturday 11th June on the village common with a traditional afternoon tea. They will be giving away 3,000 copies of The Servant Queen.
Pinhoe Road Baptist Church, Exeter
is holding a community bring and share lunch after the morning service for people who live around the church. There will be a royal quiz for the adults, plus activities for the children as well as copies of The Servant Queen
for all the guests.
In South Somerset
Mid Lambrook United Reformed Church is giving a copy to residents in 50 homes on a new estate nearby. Martock United Reformed Church is giving away copies of the book at a special tea. Yeovil United Reformed Church is aslo holding a tea party in the town are will give guests copies of the book.
Similar plans are being made across the country for Queen’s 90th Birthday weekend of 11-12th June in villages, towns and cities nationwide as churches hold thanksgiving services, tea parties, fetes and street parties for their communities.
Celebrations are also taking place as far afield as Christ Church, New Zealand
, Calgary, Canada
and Colombia, South America
where all the Anglican parishes in the city are holding a united evening Thanksgiving service for the Queen’s birthday to include the Governor, Mayor, local councilors, the military and the police. They are holding a street party in the central park of the city and will be giving children the schools’ version of The Servant Queen
, published by Scripture Union.
Copies of The Servant Queen
are available to order in packs of 10 for £10 plus post and packing from www.cpo.org.uk/thequeen
. The 12-page schools’ edition published by Scripture Union is also available on the order page with a range of resources produced by CPO for churches to use at street parties and thanksgiving services.