Celebrate the Queen's Jubilee in churches across the diocese
Churches across Worcestershire and Dudley will be marking the Queen’s 60 years on the throne with a range of different events and activities.
Bishop John said: "Her Majesty The Queen is a most inspiring example of a life dedicated to Christian Service and it is very good to be able to give thanks for her faithfulness. She is Supreme Governor of the Church of England and so it is great that our churches are taking a lead in Jubilee Celebrations in their communities."
Some of the events planned at churches across the diocese are:
- At St Wulstans in Worcester there will be a red, white and blue Fayre on Saturday 2 June with all stalls will be colour themed and all proceeds going to St Richards Hospice. On Sunday at 4pm there will be tea on the green (Or in the hall if the weather is poor) and all are welcome to stop by and share with us. After tea there will be a "Service of the word" to celebrate the Queen.
- On Saturday 2 June, St. Kenelm's Church in Upton Snodsbury is hosting a flower festival with the theme ‘Coronation Day'. Open from 11am - 4.30pm, there will be coffee and biscuits served during the morning and cream teas served from 2.30-4pm.
- At St. Edburga Church in Leigh a new Tom Denny Window will be dedicated by Bishop John on Sunday 3 June at the 9am service (the dedication is for Claire Hampson whose family have donated the window in her memory). After the service there is lunch planned for 150 people at Leigh and Bransford Memorial Hall. There will be no charge for this - just a donations basket and the Community Choir will sing last night of the proms type songs during pudding and coffee.
- At 3pm on Sunday 3 June, there will be a special service of thanksgiving in Pershore Abbey with the Mayor, A County Deputy Lieutenant and local schools. The Abbey choir will sing with the Malvern choir Severn Voices, and the Pershore Town Choir will also contribute. On the Monday, cream teas and various '50s-style cakes will be on sale in St Andrew's Centre at the Abbey for the Pershore Carnival.
- At Hanley Castle and Hanley Swan there will be a flower festival on 2 June in St Mary's Church. There will then be a Coronation service in St Gabriel's Church on 3 June. The children form St Gabriel's CE Primary are selecting a King and Queen, Archbishop, Bishops and attendants etc, They will be crowned in the service and blessed. The Hallelujah chorus will be sung by the church's occasional choir then all will be taken down the road to the Village Green by horse and carriage where they will ceremonially open the community Big Lunch to a brass fanfare. There will also be a Songs of Praise in St Mary's Church to round off the day.
- The churches of St Michael and All Angels, Stourport and All Saints, Wilden are hosting an open air service at 11.30am on June 3rd at Wilden Cricket Club Field with a free Barbecue and fun day! Then at 7.30pm there will be a Jubilee Proms Concert. Tickets are £5 (including light refreshments) bring your flag and join in Land of Hope and Glory, Rule Britannia etc.
- On 3 June at 11am there will be a service of Thanksgiving for the Diamond Jubilee of Her Majesty The Queen at Badsey Church.
- On Sunday 3 June Ipsley Parish has planned a joint parish open air morning worship service, followed by The Big Lunch (pig roast, barbecue) and afternoon activities, including games and a sing-a-long of traditional and patriotic songs. The event will be held in the Ipsley Rectory garden and about 300 people from all three churches and some of their family and friends are expected.
- The parish of Inkberrow with Cookhill and Kington with Dormston has a full weekend of activities planned, including a Jubilee children's workshop at St. Peter's, Inkberrow, a flower festival and barn dance with bbq at St. James' Kington and a songs of praise service at St. Paul's Cookhill. The Diamond Jubilee Service at St. Paul's Cathedral will also be shown on a big screen in St. Peter's Church Hall on Tuesday 5 June and will be followed by a celebratory lunch.
- On Sunday 3 June at 10.30am, Christ Church, Quarry Bank is hosting a Jubilee Thanksgiving Service followed by a bring and share Jubilee Lunch and opportunity to watch the Royal Flotilla makes its progress down the Thames. The following day, Monday 4 June at 9.00 pm, there will be a thanksgiving service held outside St. Michael's, Brierley Hill during which a Jubilee Beacon will be lit (organised by Brierley Hill Churches Together).
- The people of St Peter's, Cradley are having a Jubilee Cream Tea in the Vicarage Garden between 2pm and 4pm on Monday 4 June. If it is raining, the event will be held at St Peter's Church. Entry is £2.50 per adult and £1.50 per child. Funds will help with the upkeep of St Peter's Church and churchyard. There will be pre-loved books for sale.
- Churches in Knightwick, Broadwas and Cotheridge will be holding a flower festival across the Jubilee weekend.
- At St John the Baptist, Claines on Monday 4 June, there will be a 1950s Children's Tea Party in the Church grounds: From 3-4pm there will be games for the younger children and a quiz for teenagers and adults (as well as a bouncy castle), then 4-5pm will be a sit down tea party for 200 children, who have already booked in, with 1950s food, and tea and cakes will be served in church for 200+ adults! The children aged a few weeks to teenagers will all receive a souvenir Jubilee Mug. This is for the Community of Claines and was supported by a £250 grant from Worcester City Council.
- On Tuesday 5 June, there will be a church and Community Celebration in Pedmore, from 2pm on the cricket field, in the club house, the St Peter's Centre and in Church. There will be face painting, cream teas, jubilee banner making, a brass band and a paper aeroplane fly-past led by the Vicar!
- St. Mary's CE Primary School, Kidderminster are planting a special Jubilee Garden which will be opened by the Diocesan Director of Education on 6 July, 11am.
The Diocese of Worcester is one of 44 dioceses in the Church of England. It covers an area of 671 square miles and includes parishes in the County of Worcestershire, the Metropolitan Borough of Dudley, and a few parishes in northern Gloucestershire, south east Wolverhampton and Sandwell.
From: Sam Setchell, Press Officer for the Diocese of Worcester and the Bishop of Worcester
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