The winner of a Church school competition to design a logo for the Church of England's celebrations in honour of Her Majesty The Queen's 90th birthday has been announced. The logo, designed by Lucas Salinger, aged 10, from Potten End C of E Primary School in Hertfordshire, was picked from over 1000 entries.
Lucas, whose village school is near Berkhamsted said: 'I feel amazed that my design was chosen. I feel lost for words!'
Head teacher Andrew Morris said: 'I am extremely proud that a member of my school has won the competition, out of so many entries. Lucas is a thoughtful and talented young man who thoroughly deserves recognition for his hard work on the logo. I so am pleased that Lucas has incorporated the cross design that hangs in our church in Potten End.'
The school, which has 199 pupils aged 4 to 11, as well as a nursery will be celebrating the Queen's 90th by studying her life and having a 'street style party' to celebrate.
Official celebrations will take place in London between the 10th and 12th June and it is envisaged that church events will be integrated into local community celebrations that take place that weekend. Churches will have the opportunity to share local stories from the last 90 years through exhibitions and oral histories, securing these memories for future generations. Special prayers have been written and approved by The Queen for services marking her birthday.
Church of England schools will be sent an information pack by the Church of England Education Office with ideas for school celebrations.
Churches have been encouraged to partner with their local council as they plan festivals, special services or exhibitions over the weekend of 11th and 12th June as part of the national celebration of Her Majesty The Queen’s 90th Birthday.
Sir Tony Baldry, Chair of the Church Buildings Council said, ‘The Church of England is a presence in every community, Her Majesty is the head of our Church and so it makes perfect sense that celebrations in the local church should be at the heart of wider community plans. This is a great opportunity for partnership between church and local government to pool resources and ideas to create really special events that will bring people of all faiths and none together to give thanks for the decades of service she has given us and to celebrate this special birthday.’
Councils have begun to advertise community celebrations on their websites and some have indicated that road closures will be possible for residents planning street parties.
Church of England schools are holding a competition to design a logo that churches will be able to use for their events which will be available to download from the Church Care website.
A central news sharing resource for churches has been launched to encourage and equip communities as they organise celebrations to mark Her Majesty The Queen’s 90th official birthday in June 2016.
The Church of England’s ChurchCare website will provide a virtual map of events and offers tips on themed celebrations, a helpful checklist on how to involve community partners as well as publicity opportunities.
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 exchange 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. Liturgical resources are also in preparation and will be made available on the CofE website in the New Year.
The project encourages people to celebrate their community and provides a number of resources designed to assist in seeking sponsorship, generating publicity, and gathering information about local history.