ChurchCare launches hub resource for church celebrations of HM The Queen’s 90th Birthday

15th December 2015

A central news sharing resource for churches and cathedrals has today been launched to encourage and equip communities as they organise celebrations to mark Her Majesty The Queen’s 90th birthday in June 2016. The Church of England’s ChurchCare website will provide a virtual map of events and offer tips on themed celebrations, a helpful checklist on how to involve community partners as well as publicity opportunities. Church schools will take part in a competition to design a logo for the campaign.

Dr John Inge, Bishop of Worcester and lead Bishop for Church Buildings said, ‘Churches up and down the land will be organising myriad events in thanksgiving for the wonderful Christian service that the Queen has given, celebrating her commitment to God and the common good over ninety years. ChurchCare will be doing everything possible to help by offering practical advice and creating a virtual space where communities can share imaginative ideas on how to mark this great milestone in the life of our Queen and nation.’

Official celebrations will take place in London between the 10th and 12th June including a thanksgiving service at St Paul’s Cathedral, a Birthday Parade on Horse Guards Parade and a street party in The Mall. It is envisaged that church events will be integrated into local community celebrations that take place that weekend.

The birthday celebration weekend offers churches the opportunity to share local stories from the last 90 years through exhibitions and oral histories, securing these memories for future generations.

Janet Gough, Director of The Cathedral and Church Buildings (CCB) Division for The Church of England said, ‘We hope exhibitions, celebratory peals of church bells and  festivals will fill our church buildings with people of all generations and from across local communities as they come together to celebrate this important milestone in our national life. The ChurchCare hub will be a useful virtual community space and I am excited to see it grow over the coming months.’

The link to the hub is: http://churchcare.co.uk/about-us/campaigns/news/943-queen-s-90th-birthday

News of planned events can be sent to ChurchCare by email: queensbirthday@churchofengland.org and will be uploaded by the CCB team.

Twitter: @CofE_ChurchCare using #HMQ90

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