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Platinum Jubilee: resources for churches
What and when?
The UK and Commonwealth will celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee with a 4-day Bank Holiday from 2-5 June 2022. Churches are in an ideal place to bring communities together for these national celebrations, which end on Pentecost Sunday.
HOPE Together is working with a wide range of partners to help churches around the Commonwealth to mark this special occasion and, in particular, to celebrate the Queen’s 70 years of faith and service. As with the Queen’s 90th birthday celebrations, there will be a range of ideas and resources provided for communities, schools, churches and youth organisations.
- Our Faithful Queen – a gift book using rarely-seen prayers the Queen prayed as she prepared for the Coronation, will be published by HOPE Together and Biblica in January 2022 to buy and give away.
- A Happylands animation and book The Girl Who Grew Up To Be Queen for under 5s is to be published by HOPE Together in partnership with The Entertainer and Hope for Every Home.
- A new anthem ‘Rise Up and Serve’ has been commissioned by HOPE Together and written by contemporary hymn writers Graham Kendrick and Rend Collective for choirs to sing as part of the celebrations.
- A YouTube video, from the team that brought together ‘The UK Blessing’ during lockdown, with executive producer Les Moir, featuring choirs from around the Commonwealth singing the new anthem. This will be available to share on social media and play at events as part of the celebrations.
- 70 Acts of Service – an invitation to communities to celebrate by serving others with 70 community service ideas drawing on Stewardship’s 40 Acts
- On Her Majesty’s Service for 11-14s – youth organisations, schools and uniformed organisation are involved (Pais, CofE, Youth For Christ, YouthScape, The Message, Prayer Spaces In Schools. Girls Brigade and Boys Brigade). Resources include ideas for action and videos to use.
- Your Street Party Planner – ideas and plans for fun-packed community events developed in collaboration with the Methodist Church and Big Lunch.
- www.theplatinumjubilee.com – a dedicated website with all the ideas and resources you’ll need to bring your community together to celebrate.
- Banners, posters and other Platinum Jubilee branded resources will be available from CPO – www.cpo.org.uk/queen-platinum-jubilee
- The Platinum Jubilee – Celebration of Faith & Service logos can be downloaded from www.theplatinumjubilee.com
As the 4-day Bank Holiday ends at Pentecost, Thy Kingdom Come are also providing a Cheeky Pandas film, song and book for primary school children – with resource packs for home/church/school and community events.
The Platinum Jubilee – Celebration of Faith & Service – Timeline
From January 2022
- Visit www.theplatinumjubilee.com to start making your Platinum Jubilee plans
- Invite local choirs to learn the new anthem ‘Rise Up and Serve’
- Involve churches, schools and community groups in 70 Acts of Service
- Invite local schools, youth groups and uniformed organisations to use the resources for young people On Her Majesty’s Service
- Download the free Street Party Planner and bring together local groups to organise local celebrations
- Order copies of Our Faithful Queen and The Girl Who Grew Up To Be Queen to give away during the year to mark the Queen’s 70 years of faith and service.
Sunday 6 February
- The 70th anniversary of the Queen’s accession
Thursday 2 June
- The Queen’s Birthday Parade – Trooping of the colour – London
- Lighting of beacons – around the country and Commonwealth
Friday 3 June
- St Paul’s Cathedral Service of Thanksgiving – London
Saturday 4 June
- The Derby at Epsom Downs attended by members of the Royal Family
- Platinum Party at the Palace – a concert broadcast from Buckingham Palace
Pentecost Sunday 5 June
- Pentecost Sunday services in churches around the country – link to the Platinum Jubilee and give guests the gift book Our Faithful Queen
- Platinum Jubilee Street Parties / Big Jubilee Lunch – around the country
- The Platinum Jubilee Pageant on The Mall – London
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