One of our popular annual events
How to celebrate the Queen’s jubilee? Seven decades of service that no other English monarch has equalled or is likely to again. In keeping with Her Majesty’s wishes we wanted at St James to enable those from our community to have an opportunity to have a memorable day of celebration and fun together with opportunity to reflect.
So despite a bit of unwelcome weather we filled our church and hall with two bouncy castles, children’s activities, face painting, a space module (bearing mind the Queen’s reign saw the first men walking on the moon – and we made it for the 2019 Fun Day, which was themed on the Apollo 50th anniversary), rocket launching, trips to the top of the tower and a very popular opportunity to splatt Vicar Fabian and his curate. (No one told the Revd Dave this was part of his curatical obligations). St James Church School pupils provided colourful stain glass designs and Hazel Prior-Sankey Chair of SW&T Council arrived to judge the best designs. Burgers, hotdogs, and cakes were on offer in abundance and there were queues at the door with families waiting to get in to enjoy the day
Despite the razzmatazz there was also an opportunity for a reflective area celebrating the statements of faith that the queen has made during her reign; statements which give such a clear message about her personal and deep faith. Copies of the Faithful Queen booklet were available to take away. Along side this the church was decorated for Pentecost and the flower displays were, dare we say, a glorious tribute to our Heavenly Sovereign.
Smiles and joy all round in what we hope was a memorable day in our thanksgiving for an extraordinary life. God Save the Queen!