The Queen’s actual birthday on 21 April
11-12 June parish and school celebrations- bell ringing, festivals, exhibitions, flower festivals, music concerts, street parties.
This project is all about celebrating your community, so get people involved! Here are some resources you might find helpful in seeking sponsorship, generating publicity, and gathering information about local history for your exhibition:
Your local authority and parish council, who may already be planning events of their own for you to coordinate with. Be sure to contact your local council and enquire whether your event will need any special permits or licenses;
Other faith groups, cultural organisations, social clubs and business associations may be able to offer sponsorship, and also to share stories and contribute materials connected to their history;
Local businesses might be willing to sponsor your events;
You could use your local newspaper and radio station, and social media – Twitter, Instagram, Facebook etc. – to generate publicity about your events and to seek contributions from members of the public of photographs and recollections of the history of the local area;
Schoolchildren could contribute to your exhibition by interviewing older relatives for an oral history project, studying the history of a particular street or building, or putting together a display of what life was like 90 years ago;
Your local library, museum, and records office will have lots of information about local history;
There are also many online resources for local history. The Local History UK website gathers a lot of useful links; the Vision of Britain website contains information about the history of the country between 1801 and 2001; whilst the Newsplan website allows you to search for local papers and gives details of where to find them.
We hope that you’ll help to give the Queen a birthday to remember!
On Sunday June 12th 2016, The Mall in St James’s Park will be transformed for its largest ever street party - The Patrons Lunch
At the very heart of The Patron’s Lunch is a desire to give the British and Commonwealth public the chance to not only honour and thank Her Majesty’s extraordinary commitment to others, but to also inspire communities the length and breadth of the nations to do the same. The Patron’s Lunch will look to re-ignite the famous British ‘community spirit’ and have villages, towns and cities all over the UK and across the Commonwealth to hold their own street parties. It is hoped these local ‘Patron’s Lunches’ will help raise money for their own communities and local initiatives. In addition to the fundraising generated at a local level, the event will also serve as a unique platform for the charitable organisations to which The Queen acts as Patron, to maximize their own fundraising efforts. Click here for a ‘How to Guide’ with information to help you hold your own magnificent Patron’s Lunch celebration
Celebrate Society Sunday with Premier on Sunday 12 June
On the occasion of HM The Queen’s 90th birthday, acknowledge and celebrate her life of service by joining together as people of all faiths and none. Use the occasion to organise a social event inviting representatives from all across your community, to give thanks to each other for the good works that are happening in our society. Download the information pack for more ideas about hosting an event for Society Sunday and celebrate the society we live in!
The National Churches Trust is inviting churches from across the UK to join them in celebrating Her Majesty's 90th birthday
The National Churches Trust is proud that HM the Queen has been their Patron since 1953 and they will be paying tribute to her unwavering support for churches for 63 years. As part of their celebrations, they are asking churches to organise a special celebratory event to mark the occasion, and share the proceeds with the National Churches Trust. Whether it be a cake sale, flower festival, concert or garden party, these events will raise vital funds both for the churches organising them, and for the work of the National Churches Trust.
Order your copy of 'The Servant Queen'
This unique book published by Bible Society, HOPE and LICC uses the Queen’s own words to draw out the central role of her trust in Jesus Christ. Sold in packs of 10, it is designed to be a conversation starter and a gift from you and your church to people in your workplace, network and community. With a foreword by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
Her Majesty the Queen has approved the following Collects for use in services celebrating her ninetieth birthday this year.
Heavenly Father, who hast brought our gracious sovereign Queen Elizabeth to the completion of her ninetieth year, and dost gather her people in celebration of the same: grant that we, rejoicing before thee with thankful hearts, may ever be united in love and service to one another, and her kingdom flourish in prosperity and peace, through Jesus Christ our Lord.
as we celebrate the ninetieth birthday of Her Majesty the Queen,
receive our heartfelt thanks
for all that you have given her in these ninety years
and for all that she has given to her people.
Continue, we pray, your loving purposes in her,
and as you gather us together in celebration,
unite us also in love and service to one another;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
The Liturgical Commission is pleased to circulate two graces for use at church and community gatherings such as street parties, as well as readings for a celebration in worship.
Bountiful God, giver of all good gifts,
we give thanks for the many years and long reign of our Queen;
Bless our food, our neighbourhood,
and our enjoyment of each other's company.
Help us to learn from Queen Elizabeth's commitment to her people,
so that our community may be strengthened
and all may flourish.
We ask this in the name of Jesus, the King of love.
Gracious God, give our Queen continued wisdom and strength
to carry out the promises she has made;
and bless (this food, and) those who are gathered here,
that, sustained by service for others,
we may faithfully serve you, all the days of our life.
[With words from The Queen's First Christmas Broadcast, 1952]
Suggested readings to be used in a celebration of the Queen's birthday:
1 Kings 1.32-40 or Ecclesiastes 12
Psalm 21.1-7 or Psalm 72
Ephesians 1.15-23 or 1 Peter 2.13-17
In June 2016 the churches across the world celebrated HM the Queen’s 90th birthday and her role as the Supreme Governor of the Church of England. From churchyard parties and hog roasts to organ concerts and flower festivals the parish churches and cathedrals of England joind in celebration.
To see some of the events that took place please click on the map below.