2,000 souvenir books distributed to mark the Queen’s 90th birthday
Church leaders have distributed 2,000 free copies of a special souvenir book across Cumbria, which marks the Queen’s 90th birthday.
The Servant Queen and the King she serves takes a closer look at Her Majesty’s personal faith in Jesus and the impact it has had on her life of service to the nation.
The 64-page book includes a foreword by the Queen in which she reflects on the importance of her faith.
She writes: “In my first Christmas Broadcast in 1952, I asked the people of the Commonwealth and Empire to pray for me as I prepared to dedicate myself to their service at my Coronation. I have been – and remain – very grateful to you for your prayers and to God for His steadfast love. I have indeed seen His faithfulness.”
Leaders of the Anglican, Methodist and United Reformed Church in Cumbria wrote to all clergy and ministers and included a copy of the book with the opportunity to apply for more. The remaining 1,700 have now been distributed across the county.
It comes as the Queen prepares to mark her actual 90th birthday tomorrow, with further celebrations planned for the weekend of 10 to 12 June when her official birthday is marked.
The Bishop of Carlisle, the Rt Rev’d James Newcome, said: “This is a beautifully produced book which tells in Her Majesty’s own words, why her faith is so important to her.
“We believe that it has the potential to be a very effective conversation starter which can be used in a variety of different ways within our communities to explore why faith matters, not just to her, but to each one of us.
“We are delighted that there has been such an encouraging take up of copies of the book across the county.”
Churches can still obtain copies of the book, which is a joint publication by The London Institute for Contemporary Christianity, Hope and The Bible Society, for £1 a copy plus postage.
Bishop James and the book’s author Mark Greene were also interviewed as part of a special Songs of Praise to mark the Queen’s 90th birthday and which was broadcast on Sunday. The programme can be viewed on the BBC iplayer.
Meanwhile the Church of England has distributed two special prayers (or Collects) in the traditional and modern format for use in services which may mark the Queen’s birthday tomorrow or her official birthday in June.
Among services marking the Queen’s birthday tomorrow are those at:
• Penrith Day Hospice – A special communion service and ‘street party’
• Lazonby Church – Special prayers will be said during the Holy Communion service at 9am
• Appleby Church – Prayers for the Queen at Morning Prayer
• St Aidan’s, Barrow – Prayers for the Queen during mid-morning Holy Communion
• St George’s, Barrow – Prayers for the Queen’s birthday during a St George’s Day Parade Service on Sunday 24 April.
Churches are being encouraged to share their plans for any special services or community engagement for the weekend of June 10 to 12 through the Church Care website.
Notes to editors
For more on The Servant Queen and the King she serves visit www.licc.org.uk/thequeen.
To view the Church of England’s prayers for Her Majesty the Queen’s 90th birthday click here.
For further information please contact Dave Roberts, Diocesan Communications Manager on 07469 153658, 01228 815401 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.