Diocese of Chichester

HM The Queen's Platinum Jubilee 2022


Our Faithful Queen cover

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.

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.

Resources and Ideas 

The Song - A new anthem ‘Rise Up and Serve’ has been commissioned by HOPE Together and partners, and written by song writers Graham Kendrick, Mal Pope and the contemporary worship band Rend Collective.

Choirs are invited to record their version of the song to be released on YouTube featuring choirs from around the world. The competition closing date is Monday 7 March 2022.

The YouTube video featuring choirs from around the Commonwealth will be produced by Les Moir from the Word & Worship Trust who played a significant role in bringing together The UK Blessing, which has been watched by nearly 5 million people.

What else is planned?

  • Our Faithful Queen - a gift book using rarely-seen prayers the Queen prayed as she prepared for the Coronation. This 64-page book full of photos will be published by HOPE Together and Biblica in March in the same large-format as ‘The Servant Queen and the King She Serves’ which HOPE published with LICC and Bible Society for the Queen’s 90th birthday.
  • The new book Our Faithful Queen is based on the prayers the Queen prayed in preparation for her Coronation – they were given to her by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Geoffrey Fisher, in a book of devotions to use from 1 May 1953- to 2 June – her Coronation Day.

An animation and book The Girl Who Grew Up To Be Queen for under 5s is being published using Happyland children’s toys from The Early Learning Centre to explore the question, ‘What do you want to be when you grow up?’

70 Acts of Service is an invitation to communities to celebrate the Queen’s 70 years of service by serving others – the 70 community service ideas include: ideas for individuals, small groups and whole communities. Examples include:

  • Drop a small card to a hidden hero, just to let them know they’re noticed.
  • In a queue? Buy the next person in line a coffee/sandwich/pint along with your order. Or pay for a bus ticket for the person behind you.
  • Ask a local care home if there are residents who have no visitors, who’d welcome a visit. Commit to visiting at least once a month.
  • Set up a free shoe-shine stall in your high street or town centre – with the necessary permission from the local authority.

On Her Majesty’s Service for 11-14s – seven ready-to-use sessions for youth organisations, schools and uniformed organisation produced by youth specialists from the Church of England, HOPE Together, Pais Movement, Youth For Christ, YouthScape, The Message, Prayer Spaces In Schools, Girls’ Brigade and Boys’ Brigade.

Your Street Party Planner – ideas, plans and games for fun-packed community events developed in collaboration with the Methodist Church.

Where to find the resources and ideas?

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 are available from CPO - www.cpo.org.uk/queen-platinum-jubilee

The Platinum Jubilee – Celebration of Faith & Service – Timeline

Start planning now…

Visit www.theplatinumjubilee.com to start making your Platinum Jubilee plans

Invite local choirs to enter the competition to sing 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

Plan to give away copies of Our Faithful Queen and The Girl Who Grew Up To Be Queen – out soon

TIMELINE

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

Sign up to receive updates about the Platinum Jubilee plans from HOPE Together: www.hopetogether.org.uk/signup

HOPE Together is working in partnership with:

Church of England | Methodist Church | Biblica | Thy Kingdom Come | Girls’ Brigade | Boys’ Brigade | Youth For Christ | YouthScape | The Message | Pais Movement | Prayer Spaces In Schools | Word & Worship Trust

BELL RINGING

A message from the Central Council of Church Bell Ringers

Bell ringing in churches across the UK and Commonwealth will be marking this celebration with a coordinated call to ring to coincide with the Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul’s taking place on Friday 3rd June . There are also plans to ring across London on the Sunday as part of the Pageant. These are the two coordinated activities the Central Council of Church Bell Ringers is supporting.

Of course the weekend lends itself to plenty of opportunities to ring across the country and you may have already seen reference asking bells to ring between 19:52 to 20:22 on Sunday 5th June to close the extended weekends celebrations.

Please share this information with your church contacts to encourage early planning of events and liaison between church authorities and local bellringers, if this hasn’t been done already, particularly if ringing is going to take place more often than usual.