Well, it’s not often that you get to celebrate the Coronation of a new monarch, and so we took the opportunity to have another party!
The day started with our morning services incorporating prayers for King Charles III and the sermon started with a small quiz on Buckingham Palace, linking nicely (or so the Vicar believed!) to an exploration of his “Father’s house” that Jesus described as having “many dwelling-places” in John 14. It was also the relaunch of our Junior Church – happening to begin with on the First Sunday of the month, it was wonderful to see the children skipping away and then rejoining us for communion.
Then we moved into our party! The bunting was up and it was great to see all generations together as the kids led the way with the prizes – from pin the crown on the King, to the now iconic game of roll the £1 coins closest to the bottle of champagne the children more than ruled the roost! We were treated to lots of canapes curtesy of Janet, alongside a quiz and raffle.
In the evening, we then gather for a formal special service of commemoration for the King. With King Charles’ favourite hymns, prayers and finishing with a rousing version of the National Anthem, it was a calm way to draw to a close a day full of celebration and laughter.
We’re now all taking a well earned rest!