06 February 2012
HOPE launches resources for Big Jubilee Lunch
To mark the 60th anniversary of the Queen's accession to the throne, HOPE has announced a range of free resources which churches can use in their communities as they celebrate the Diamond Jubilee with a Big Jubilee Lunch on 3 June.
On 6 February in 1952 the Queen was in Kenya when her father George VI died and she became sovereign.
The Queen has marked the occasion by renewing her pledge to serve the country.
In a statement, released to mark the anniversary of her accession, she said: "Today, as I mark 60 years as your Queen, I am writing to thank you for the wonderful support and encouragement that you have given to me and Prince Philip over these years and to tell you how deeply moved we have been to receive so many kind messages about the Diamond Jubilee.
"In this special year, as I dedicate myself anew to your service, I hope we will all be reminded of the power of togetherness and the convening strength of family, friendship and good neighbourliness, examples of which I have been fortunate to see throughout my reign and which my family and I look forward to seeing in many forms as we travel throughout the United Kingdom and the wider Commonwealth."
The main celebrations will be in June and HOPE has announced a range of free resources which churches can use as they mark the Diamond Jubilee. HOPE is working with the Eden Project to encourage churches to stage a Big Jubilee Lunch on Sunday 3 June with their communities.
The Queen has given official backing to the event, inviting the nation to join the Big Jubilee Lunch. Six million people are expected to eat together with neighbours and friends as part of the official Diamond Jubilee celebrations marking the Queen's 60 years of service to the nation and the Commonwealth.
- Watch the Diamond Jubilee video
- Register your Big Jubilee Lunch at www.thebiglunch.com
- Visit www.hopetogether.org.uk for specially-written resources churches can use to celebrate this once-in-a-lifetime event.