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Churches celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee

Monday 21st May 2012

Churches across the Diocese of York will be celebrating the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee on the Bank Holiday weekend 2 to 5 June. Church services on Sunday 3 June will give thanks to God for the Queen’s reign, and churches will be joining with the cities, towns and villages they serve for events to celebrate the Jubilee weekend.

The Archbishop of York Dr John Sentamu is to open Bishopthorpe Palace Gardens to the public for a local gala in the afternoon from 12 noon to 4pm. In the evening, tickets are already sold out for a ‘Party in the Palace’ event with performances from the Goosehorns, Riding Lights Theatre Company and many local artists.

The Archbishop of York said, “In this wonderful Diamond Jubilee year, let us celebrate Her Majesty’s contribution to public life and give thanks.  Our Queen has put God first, neighbour second, duty and responsibility third, and herself last. That is true love and devotion.  Let’s use our Queen’s gracious and selfless example as our blueprint for serving others. We should live in hope, while serving in faith and love. Long Live the Queen!”

Many churches will be hosting The Big Jubilee Lunch, a national idea for communities to gather together in a simple act of community, friendship and fun.  The brainchild of the Eden Project, The Big Jubilee Lunch will see millions across the country joining together to have lunch over the Jubilee weekend.

In York, St Michael le Belfrey Church will be hosting their JUBILATION! Cafe on Saturday 2 June from 10am to 4pm and on Sunday 3 June there will be a street party on the forecourt of the church from 4pm with sandwiches and jelly and ice cream for all, with a special guest service in St Michael le Belfrey afterwards.

At St Barnabas, Jubilee Terrace, there will be The Big Jubilee Lunch on Saturday 2 June at 12 noon with a fancy dress, traditional family games and a tug of war.  On Sunday 3 June there will be a thanksgiving service for Queen and Country at 10.15 in the church. 

St Edwards Dringhouses will be holding a Flower Festival over the Jubilee weekend, featuring a 60 year old statuette of the queen used at the Coronation in 1953 and again in 1977/8 for Silver Jubilee celebrations.

All Saints Church, Huntington are holding a Family Fun Day on Saturday 2 June from 11am with a choir concert at 7pm. On Sunday 3 June there will be a Big Jubilee Cream Tea from 2pm to 5pm followed by a Jubilee Songs Of Praise at 5pm.

St Philip and St James Church, Clifton and St Mark’s Rawcliffe are holding a Queen's Jubilee Picnic on Kingsway North on Sunday 3 June at 12noon with games and competitions for the best fancy dress.  There’s also a Queen's Jubilee Service and picnic at Rawcliffe Recreation Ground on Sunday 3 June at 11am.

In Sheriff Hutton, St Helen and the Holy Cross church will hold a celebration service at 11am followed by a bring and share lunch.  On Monday 4 June there will be a coffee morning at 10am, and on Tuesday 5 June the church will show the Jubilee Service in St Paul’s Cathedral on a Big Screen, followed by The Big Jubilee Lunch and a showing of the 1952 coronation film after lunch.

In Haxby, there is a Jubilee exhibition in St Mary's Church over the weekend, and a service to celebrate the Jubilee on Sunday 3 June at 11am, followed by a hog roast.

In Strensall, St Mary’s church are hosting a Flower Festival over the Jubilee weekend, and holding The Big Jubilee Lunch on the Sunday 3 June, followed by a Songs of Praise service at 4pm. 

St John the Baptist and All Saints Church in Easingwold are holding an outdoor service in Easingwold memorial park on Sunday 3 June, with Easingwold Town Band providing the music.

 Events at Bishopthorpe Palace

Please note that the event ‘Party at the Palace’ is sold out.  Entrance to the gala at Bishopthorpe Palace from 12 noon to 4pm is available at the gate. Entry is £2, with children under 12 years free of charge when accompanied by an adult. Profits from the evening event will be donated to St Leonard’s Hospice, the Archbishop’s Youth Trust and local charitable organisations.


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