02 April 2002

President offers condolences following the death of the Queen Mother

The President of the Methodist Church has written to the Queen to express her condolences on behalf of the Methodist people following the death of the Queen Mother. The full text of the letter follows:

Easter Sunday 2002
Dear Private Secretary

May I ask you to convey to Her Majesty the condolences of all who belong to the British Methodist Church on the very sad loss of her mother, Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother?

The Methodist people will share with the whole country in mourning one who has been for us all a sign and symbol of our national life, and a source of stability in a century of rapid and sometimes bewildering change. Many of us remember with great gratitude the Queen Mother's partnership with her late husband King George VI in the first years of his accession and the dark days of the war, in which her steadfastness and determination did so much to sustain our national life and spirit. All of us honour the eight decades of public service in which she gave herself unstintingly, and in so doing gave pleasure to thousands with her love of life and her warm graciousness.

We are very conscious of the burden upon the Queen, and all the Royal Family, of this second grievous loss so soon after the death of Princess Margaret. We are sad that Her Majesty's Golden Jubilee cannot now be the unshadowed celebration to which we have looked forward. But we shall have an even keener sense of the heritage of selfless service into which Her Majesty has entered, and which she herself has carried on with such faithfulness and such distinction.

The Methodist people will be celebrating today the resurrection of Our Lord Jesus Christ. There will, I know, be many heartfelt prayers that resurrection faith will sustain our Queen and all the Royal Family at this time of loss and distress. The prayers, and the affection with which they are offered, will continue.

I am, on behalf of the British Methodist family,

Yours sincerely,
The Rev Christina le Moignan
President of the Methodist Conference

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