PRAYER BOOK SOCIETY AIDS CLERGY PLANNING AHEAD FOR THE QUEEN’S NEXT BIG ANNIVERSARY
15th November 2016
Assistance for clergy planning ahead for church services to mark the 65th anniversary of the Queen’s accession on February 6 next year is announced by the Prayer Book Society.
It has produced a ready-made service sheet for Festal Evensong available to download from the society’s website at www.pbs.org.uk/accession and to be personalised by individual parishes.
It is a form of service based on the Accession Service provision in The Book of Common Prayer and edited for present purposes by the Rev Richard Hoyal, a former trustee of the Prayer Book Society.
It includes guidance notes as well as suggested prayers, readings and hymns.
Says Richard: ‘With Advent and Christmas fast approaching, it is not too early to start planning for this service just six weeks after Boxing Day. That will enable parishes to maximise publicity opportunities and think well in advance about the community figures, representatives and organisations they wish to invite. They could include the Lord Lieutenant – the Queen’s personal representative in the county – or the local Mayor.’
He adds: ‘Churches without choristers might invite a local choir to provide support at the service. Some churches may wish to combine forces to hold a joint service at a suitable venue.’
The Prayer Book Society points out that, as February 6 is a Monday – which may not suit some churches – the service could work just as well during the afternoon or evening of the previous day, Sunday, February 5.