Reverend Kirrilee Reid

KirrileeGreetings all. This month marks the occasion of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. On Sunday 6th February Queen Elizabeth became the first monarch to celebrate such a momentous achievement. The celebration will culminate in the special weekend of activities from Thursday 2nd to Sunday 5th June.

I know many of you are already involved in creating community events. It is indeedsomething to celebrate. In the Church, we have a special prayer that will be used in our worship this month, and indeed throughout this Jubilee year.

Gracious God,
we give you thanks for the reign of your servant, Elizabeth, our Queen,
and for the example of loving and faithful service she has shown among us.
Help us to follow her example of dedication
and to commit our lives to you, and to one another,
through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen

It is a prayer not only of thanksgiving but also an exhortation, and an encouragement to also commit our lives to loving service. You might like to think about how you can honour the Queen’s 70 years of service. What acts of service could you undertake in this, your community? 

‘Hope Together’ has put together a list of 70 Acts of Service to start you thinking… 70 ways to make a difference, right where you are. You can find out more at .

You could perhaps choose one or two, or complete all 70… it’s up to you. The ideas range from dropping a card in to someone, or inviting a neighbour in for tea, to offering to take some time each week to volunteer in a local cause – a community garden or delivering food to the housebound. Or even spending an hour a week picking up rubbish on the roadside or local park. There are so many small things we can do to serve one another, and each small act of kindness can make a huge difference.

So, let this Jubilee celebration period inspire you and encourage you to be thankful and to serve others. 

Spring blessings, Kirrilee.