The following greeting has been sent to Her Majesty:
The members of Radford Road Church
in Royal Leamington Spa
are delighted to send their loyal greetings to
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II
on the occasion of her Diamond Jubilee.
Everyone hopes that it will be a
happy and memorable year for Her Majesty.
We have received the following reply:
The wording says:
I send you my grateful thanks for the words of loyalty and support
which you have so kindly sent on the occasion of
the Sixtieth Anniversary of my Accession to the Throne
Elizabeth R 2012
THE BIG LUNCH
Sunday June 3rd 2012
A BIG LUNCH
“O God, the author of peace and lover of concord, we give you thanks for the Diamond Jubilee of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth; for her steadfast faith and for her royal service to this nation and all the peoples of the Commonwealth.
Bless the food before us and the people beside us; may the sharing of this meal strengthen our communities, and nurture the bonds between us of friendship, hope and trust.
We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ who reigns as servant of all.
Written by Derek Pope
On Sunday 3rd June Radford Road Church, together with members of the Vineyard Church, Lillington Free Church and local people, celebrated the Queen’s Jubilee in great style.
We started with a lively joint Act of Worship, with the Vineyard music group sharing with our organist to provide the accompaniment for the songs and hymns. These were sung with enthusiasm and vigour by the large congregation. The Revd James Church (URC Minister) and Brian Nash of Vineyard led the worship, assisted by various members who read the scriptures, offered prayers and gave news and testimonies.
Special Jubilee New Testaments were given to those present.
After the Worship we settled round the tables, said the special Jubilee Grace, sang two verses of the National Anthem and then lunch boxes and bags were produced, and the contents shared, and tea, coffee and juices were brought round by a group of energetic ‘waitresses’.
We had obtained the necessary licence and apparatus to show the Jubilee television coverage of the Royal Pageant on the Thames on large screens in the Worship area and in the Vestibule. (This will again be used to offer a family-friendly, alcohol-free zone during the Olympics where local people can come in and enjoy the programmes together). During the afternoon a magnificent iced cake, emblazoned with the Union Flag, was shared by all (and very good it was, too!)
Thanks were given for all the hard work that had gone into the venture: careful planning and practical help in preparing the premises, supplying food and drink – and clearing up. It was generally agreed that this had been a most enjoyable experience – “When can we do it again?”
Click on the link below to see a video clip of the Diamond Jubilee Big Lunch cake cutting.