The Queen's Platinum Jubilee!
This is an invitation to all Methodist churches. God's calling you out and about.
God calls us into mission - to open our hearts and open our doors and take the good news out and about. We have loads of opportunities to do this in our lives and by our prayers. The extended bank holiday weekend for the Queen's Platinum Jubilee offers us a chance to get involved in community events and get to know our neighbours.
It’s a chance to get to know people, to extend a radical invitation to everyone in the neighbourhood, to build relationships, and be bold in your faith-sharing. This is a chance to join in with God’s mission on the streets of your community. How are you getting out and about that weekend?
You can download the Out and About video (as well as the five prayer story videos for Thy Kingdom Come) to use in your church, circuit and community here.
Here’s the challenge to you:
- Get involved in a street party or community event. Either plan something as a Church or join in with others who are already planning something for the long weekend.
- Extend the invitation to everyone. What can you do to make sure the whole neighbourhood can come along, especially those who are lonely, isolated, or marginalised in some way?
- Pray for your community. The Jubilee weekend is at the same time as Thy Kingdom Come, the period when the whole Church focuses on praying for people to come to faith. When we join in with God’s mission, it’s essential we’re praying about it! How can you pray for this in the lead up as individuals or a team, could you offer prayer at the event, and can you pray together afterwards for the people you’ve met?
- Share your faith. We take our whole selves out onto the streets in celebration – we don’t have to bottle up our faith and leave it safely at home. Community parties are a chance to be bold in our faith sharing. We talk a lot about needing to be better at evangelism, well, when we get to know our neighbours, God will give us opportunities to share our faith. We just need to listen to God, listen to others, and speak up about our experience of faith.
Do you have a budding filmmaker in your midst? Perhaps a young person whose skills you'd like to champion. We will be collecting footage from events across the country to compile into a celebratory video. Get in touch if you'd be interested in taking part.
To receive mailings and resources to equip you for planning events, parties and outreach over the Jubilee weekend, please register your event using the form here.
Once you have decided on an event or street party, make sure you add it to the Government’s Platinum Jubilee website: www.platinumjubilee.gov.uk
As well as the Party Planner, there will also be liturgy and prayers available for Pentecost Sunday as well as the following resources offered with grateful thanks to our partners at HOPE Together, the Church of England and other ecumenical partners:
- an additional street party resource containing games ideas
- a gift book called Our Faithful Queen
- resources for toddlers, children, schools and young people
- a Jubilee anthem called 'Rise Up and Serve' from Graham Kendrick and Rend Collective for you to listen to and sing with your choir - find it here.
- resources and ideas to help plan interfaith Jubilee celebrations for #ThankYouDay which is the same weekend can be found from our partners at the Together Coalition.
- you can also apply for funding for community events and parties for the Jubilee.
- 5 stories of prayer from Methodists across the country (released weekly in the lead-up to the Jubilee and Thy Kingdom Come) are available to view on YouTube or download for services and meetings.
For all the resources, guidance and information you need, please visit: www.theplatinumjubilee.com
If you're wondering how to plan an inclusive, prayerful community party then watch our Party Planning for Mission webinar below, packed with practical tips and good ideas: