Throughout the country, community groups, local residents and Churches are all being encouraged to have a special celebration this summer on or around 11th June. Why? Because it will be the 90th birthday of our Queen! Ninety years is something worth celebrating, and it’s a chance to recognise and give thanks for the faithful service of Queen Elizabeth and to enjoy coming together to do so.
As such, we are planning a street party on the Church grounds and Blackbrook Drive on 11th June. With scenes reminiscent of the coronation, we hope there will be fun, laughter, bunting, good music, great food, and friendly company on that day. I do hope that you will be able to come – more details will follow nearer the time, but book the date in your diary now!
At St. Luke’s we have even more cause to celebrate, as that date will also be the 50th anniversary of the founding of our Church building. Of course, the history of St Luke’s goes back longer than that to the famous ‘old hut’, but 50 years of service to the people of Lodge Moor through our current premises is another thing to celebrate. We’ll be having a display of photographs and memories from the last 50 years, and a special anniversary edition of the Church magazine. Full details of the anniversary program will be in the special magazine.
Queen Elizabeth is not just our monarch – she is also the head of the Church of England. When I was ordained I had to swear an oath of allegiance to her, which I was very happy to do. The Queen has a strong Christian faith, and in recent years she has spoken about it more and more openly in her Christmas speeches to the nation. In fact, a book has been written about the faith of our Queen and we hope to have copies available to give away to folk who come to the street party on the day.
I do hope that you will be able to come to the party, and if you would be able to help out in any way, perhaps with setting up tables and chairs or helping clear away at the end, then do let our Church office know. Please pray for good weather, and that it will be a great fun time that all who come will enjoy.
If I don’t see you in person, may God bless you and fill you with the joy of the resurrection this Easter time.