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21 April 2016

Celebrating the Queen’s 90th birthday

Celebrating the Queen’s 90th birthday

Over 370,000 copies of a book marking the Queen's 90th birthday have been sold across the UK.

The book, The Servant Queen - and the King She Serveshas been published by HOPE, Bible Society and the London Institute for Contemporary Christianity (LICC).

Orders for the book are being placed at a rate of 50,000 - 70,000 per week.

The Queen has written the forward to the book, acknowledging the role her faith has played in the 60 years of her service as monarch.

The 64-page book will focus on the Queen's Christian faith and will be a tribute to her life, using her own words to draw out the importance her faith in Jesus in her life.

The Queen has served the country and Commonwealth for more than 60 years, and the weekend of 10-12 June 2016 will see celebrations for her 90th birthday.   

Yemi Adedeji, director of the Alliance's One People Commission and HOPE's associate director, says: "Let's bring our communities together to give thanks to God for Her Majesty's life of service to the Commonwealth. And let's pray for her, as she has asked us to do since before her coronation."

The Queen's birthday celebrations in 2016 will be marked throughout the Commonwealth, with events taking place during May and June.

After the success of the Diamond Jubliee celebrations in 2012, HOPE will be supporting churches looking to bring communities together for the national celebration through providing resources and ideas.

There will be posters, invitations and bunting from HOPE's partner CPO, a booklet to give away to children and school assembly ideas and lesson plans in conjunction with Scripture Union, church service ideas and a commemorative, customisable order of service from the Leaders of Worship and Preachers Trust, and a street-party planning guide from Fusion Youth & Community.

All the resources will be available to buy from February from the HOPE website.