The death of Her Majesty the Queen

Update: watching the funeral in church

We will be live-streaming the late Queen’s funeral service on a large screen at the Church on Monday, 19th of September. The Church will be open to all those who want a warm, reflective place to watch with others, and this will be followed by a short communion service for anyone who would like to receive. All are welcome to be with us together in love and thanksgiving.

A Prayer for the Queen

Lord, we thank you for the Queen. We thank you for her life, her faith, and her commitment to serving the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth. We thank you for her example of leadership as the longest-serving female head of state in world history. We pray for our new King as he assumes the heavy mantle of responsibility and for all the Queen’s family – her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren – at this sad time.

In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Other information following the death of Her Majesty

Following the sad announcement of the death of Her Majesty the Queen, here is information on how we can gather to give thanks, remember, and pray in the coming days.

The Church was open for prayer and reflection:

  • Thursday 8th until 11pm.
  • Friday 9th from 10am – 130pm.  At 1pm there was a time of led prayer.
  • Saturday 10th between 12pm-2pm.

A candle has been burning in front of the altar in church whenever the church is open, or latterly, above a picture of Her Majesty, and you can light further candles if that feels right to you.

Our bells were rung, fully muffled, from 12 noon – 1pm on Friday 9th, in company with bells across the nation.  Our ringers then rang a Quarter Peal in memory of Her Majesty on the evening of Sunday 11 September.  “Muffling” a bell means strapping a piece of leather to the clapper where it strikes the bell to soften the sound.  Bells are “half muffled” – muffled on one side but not the other, thus affecting alternate strokes – each year for Remembrance Sunday, but are fully muffled – both sides – only for the death of the monarch.

The Union Flag has been flying at half mast from our tower from the day of the Queen’s death.  In accordance with protocol, it was raised back to full mast at 11am on Proclamation Day, Saturday, and stayed there until one hour after the Proclamations of the new King on Sunday in the constituent countries of the UK, then returning to half mast.

On Sunday 11th, we held an extra Service of Thanksgiving with Holy Communion at 9am.

On her 21st birthday, our late Queen broadcast from Cape Town “I declare before you all that my whole life, whether it be long or short, shall be devoted to your service and the service of our great imperial family to which we all belong.”

She delivered as she promised in a long life devoted to service, sustained throughout her reign by her Christian faith and remained unwavering in her commitment to serve. The Lord whom she served will surely say to her, “well done, good and faithful servant”.

Therefore, whilst we inevitably feel sadness at her death, we can also rejoice that after a long and faithful life of service, she has now been received in Glory, and is reunited with Philip and so many others she loved in her long life. Praise be to the God who has redeemed her and redeems us.