This year, the month of June is all about two Queens. At the beginning of the month we celebrate the platinum jubilee of Queen Elizabeth. Then, a fortnight later, we crown our very own Thelwall Rose Queen on Chaigeley Field (https://www.facebook.com/Thelwallrosequeen/). Both occasions are opportunities for joy and thanksgiving: the former on a national level and the latter with a more local focus. But both Queens are great examples of what it means to serve others. Queen Elizabeth has served us – and shown us how to serve others – for 70 years. And, over the past year, Rose Queen George Donlan has done the same for us here in Thelwall. We’ve been mightily blessed with our two queens! The Rose Queen elect – Summer Whittaker – is a very worthy successor to the Thelwall throne.
At church, we will celebrate both royal occasions. On Sunday 5th June at 10am, we will enjoy a special Pentecost HRH Jubilee service. Then, two weeks later, on Sunday, 19th June at 10am, we will offer our thanksgiving for the new Thelwall Rose Queen. Both services are open to all and you’ll receive a right royal welcome.
I’ll sign off with words spoken by Elizabeth seventy years ago as she was preparing for her new role: “Pray that God may give me wisdom and strength to carry out the solemn promises I shall be making, and that I may faithfully serve him and you, all the days of my life”. Prayer answered. God save the Queen!
Revd Douglas Black