St Mary the Virgin, Maulden

       The Rector's Letter

Each month the Rector writes an article for the Parish Magazine

                                             June 2022

As we celebrate Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee at the beginning of the month, for me three words come to mind “beacon, bells and bunting.”

We look forward to the programme of events that have been organised to mark this historic event. No monarch has ever reigned for 70 years and it is unlikely that it will ever happen again. It is a remarkable achievement. It is also an opportunity to celebrate the life of our village and the community spirit that we all enjoy

As a church we are pleased to be hosting the lighting of the beacon on Thursday 2nd June at 9.45pm .We also hope that the bells will be rung sometime over the week end if we can find enough bell ringers. We will also use red/white/blue bunting to decorate the hall for our “Lunch fit for a Queen”

Beacons, bells and bunting are always part of any national celebration.

On this occasion there is something more too. For as you know The Queen’s Christian faith is really important to her and so at the heart of all our celebrations there will be a special service in church.

This will be held on Sunday 5th June at 4pm “Hymns and Pimms “During the service we will sing favourite hymns, hear readings from the Coronation service and include special prayers too. We want this to be an event for the entire village. Everyone is most welcome.

However as with any special event we enjoy we need to pause and reflect on what we are celebrating.

I believe that we are not only celebrating the length of the Queen’s reign but also the way in which she has fulfilled the role to which she has been called.

What has been truly inspirational about the Queen is her loyalty and commitment to service.

These are God given gifts to which we all aspire for Jesus said “the greatest is the one who serves”

I am privileged to have been appointed one of her chaplains and I pray that I may follow her example throughout my ministry

With all good wishes

Lynda Klimas