Following yesterday’s very sad news of the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, we have made plans for the Barn Church and St Luke’s to be open as places to pray, reflect and mourn the passing of our Queen.
Although she had a long life, many of us will still feel a sense of shock at the death of a monarch who has so long been a source of stability and strength for us all. Her Majesty’s death marks a seismic shift not only in history but also to each of us personally. We hope our churches can be a place of prayer and reflection for you all during this time of mourning.
The Barn Church and St Luke's will be open throughout the week. There is a book of condolence in each church which we welcome you to sign. Please do spend some time in our beautiful churches in prayer and quiet contemplation.
We are planning special services to remember the Queen and her life of service over the period of mourning, including Sunday services which will take place at the normal times. We hope these will also be helpful to you all.
On Sunday, 11th, there was a special ecumenical Service of Thanksgiving for the life of the Queen in Kew, at St Anne’s. Click here to read the sermon I preached.
I will finish with a quote from the Queen about her personal faith.
'For Christians, as for all people of faith, reflection, meditation and prayer help us to renew ourselves in God’s love, as we strive daily to become better people. The Christmas message shows us that this love is for everyone. There is no one beyond its reach.' (2013)