Queen’s Platinum Jubilee – a celebration of faith & service
A four day Bank Holiday from 2-5 June 2022 will mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee next year. Already churches are making plans to bring their communities together for the celebrations, which end on Pentecost Sunday – a major festival in the church calendar.
HOPE Together, the Church of England, the Methodist Church, Biblica, Thy Kingdom Come and other key partners are currently planning for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, with a specially commissioned souvenir book, a new anthem to sing, a ’70 Acts of Service’ community challenge, and lots of resources for children and schools.
Dr Rachel Jordan-Wolf, HOPE’s executive director said, ‘Churches are in an ideal place to bring communities together for national celebrations. We have the tables, chairs, crockery and PA systems – and we love making cakes!
‘It is so appropriate that the nation and Commonwealth should be celebrating the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee on the same weekend as Pentecost, the day when the church celebrates the gift of God’s Holy Spirit.’
The anointing of God’s Holy Spirit was central to the Coronation and, in preparation for the day, the Queen prayed: ‘Come, Holy Spirit, and daily increase in all of us, and in me, thy humble servant, thy manifold gifts of grace; the spirit of wisdom and understanding; the spirit of counsel and strength; the spirit of knowledge and true godliness, and fill us, O Lord, with the Spirit of thy holy fear, now and for ever. Amen.’
The beautifully illustrated souvenir book to be published for the celebrations uses rarely seen prayers, which the Queen prayed in preparation for the Coronation, and highlights how God has answered those prayers over the past seven decades.
The ‘Platinum Jubilee Celebration of Faith & Service’ will build on the successful partnership facilitated by HOPE Together, which enabled local churches to bring their communities together for the Diamond Jubilee and the Queen’s 90th birthday celebrations.
Find out more at theplatinumjubilee.com and hopetogether.org.uk/jubilee