The Queen’s 90th birthday, this year has provided a remarkable opportunity for all Christians to share the hope of the gospel.

There will be a number of celebrations taking place in the coming weeks, drawing communities together to mark the Queen’s special day and to celebrate her faithfulness.

Bible Society, HOPE and LICC have produced a very special 64 page booklet The Servant Queen and the King She Serves, which uses the Queen’s own words to draw out the central role of her trust in Jesus Christ.

There are two aspects about this particular combined opportunity, which I have not previously encountered:

  1. An over-whelming warmth towards our Queen, among the people of Britain, irrespective of political persuasion. The Queen has provided a unique opportunity for her testimony to become a vehicle for the gospel.
  2. Secondly, the age-group for whom, I imagine, this will be the greatest tool for personal faith sharing is the over 65 year olds. This represents a generation (or two) who have become so accustomed to the shrinkage, numerically, of the Christian Church in the UK. Sometimes this leads to people becoming almost immunised against sharing their personal faith journey with Jesus. I believe this focus on the Queen and the book demonstrating her faith in Jesus could produce a renewed confidence for many.

The Queen’s actual birthday is on 21st April and will be celebrated with:

  • Four days of celebrations in Windsor 12th-15th May
  • A service of thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral on Friday 10th June
  • The traditional trooping the colour ceremony – the Queen’s birthday parade – on Saturday 11th June in Horse Guard’s Parade
  • A massive street party for 10,000 people on The Mall on Sunday 12th Local versions will be held throughout the country

Click on the Hope Together website http://www.hopetogether.org.uk/ for more details on:

  • Celebrating the Queen’s Birthday
  • The book and ideas about how to share it
  • Events and the resources to help you organise your own
  • Resources for schools

I have just joined the HOPE Leadership Team who initiated The Servant Queen and the King She Serves and my understanding is Baptists, so far, don’t appear to be picking up on this opportunity. But let’s not miss out!

I imagine the easiest way to make the best of this opportunity is for each of our churches to order enough copies for at least one per member and encourage everyone to pray about whom they will pass it on to.

100,000 copies of The Servant Queen and the King She Serves have been printed and 64,500 were pre-ordered … have you ordered yours yet?

 

Nigel Coles

Nigel is our Senior Regional Minister and Team Leader. He facilitates the life of the WEBA network team and oversees the missional strategy for the region. He also works to develop missional strategy over a wider geographical area with our partner Associations. Nigel is the main WEBA contact for churches and ministers seeking new leadership opportunities, and he works to encourage individual disciples of Jesus through his ‘DNA groups’ resource.