A letter thanking Her Majesty The Queen for 60 years of service has been delivered to Buckingham Palace today (Monday, September 24th). The Big Jubilee Thank You, coordinated by the Church of England and HOPE Together, was signed by the public in churches and cathedrals throughout the year and contains thousands of signatures from all over the country.
Dr Rachel Jordan, National Mission and Evangelism Adviser for the Church of England, said: “It was a great honour to deliver The Big Jubilee Thank You - a moving collection of messages and letters created during the Diamond Jubilee Celebrations in cathedrals and churches across the UK and Europe, to express our gratitude to The Queen for her faithful service and Christian witness over her 60-year reign.”
Letters of thanks were first signed by bishops, vicars and pastors, before being made publicly available in churches for the public to add their own comments and signatures. They have been pouring into Church House in London for several months, some dioceses and churches choosing to use the Big Jubilee Thank You downloads available from the Church of England website, others choosing to create their own ways of saying thank you:
There were contributions to the Big Jubilee Thank You from Church of England, Baptist, Methodist, ELIM, Catholic and independent churches; Churches Together from around the country; Boys’ and Girls’ Brigades; church schools and academies; Guides and Brownies; Cubs and Scouts; and Mothers’ Unions.
Compiled together into one huge Big Jubilee Thank You, the contributions were delivered to Buckingham Palace by Dr Rachel Jordan, the Church of England’s National Worship and Evangelism Adviser; Roy Crowne, the Executive Director of HOPE Together; and the Revd Ian Bunce, Head of the Mission Department for the Baptist Union of Great Britain. They were received by Christopher Sandamas, Chief Clerk, Buckingham Palace.
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Pictures of the delivery of The Big Jubilee Thank You are available to download here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/52081765@N03/sets/72157631587238174/
Pictures of some of the contributions to The Big Jubilee Thank You are available here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/52081765@N03/sets/72157631587140618/
For more on HOPE visit: www.hopetogether.org.uk