Parishes celebrate Queen’s historic reign
CATHEDRAL bells were ringing out this week, as Queen Elizabeth II became the longest-serving British monarch.
Leicester Cathedral celebrated over two days as they marked what the diocese describe as ‘a significant moment in the life of the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth.’
The Lord-Lieutenant, Lady Gretton encouraged other churches to join in and peal their bells.
“The Queen’s dedication to her role and to our country and the Commonwealth over the past 63 years has been remarkable, and something we should acknowledge and celebrate.
“I would like to encourage local communities to mark this historic occasion by the ringing of church bells and the hoisting of the Union Flag, where possible,” she said.
The Bishop of Peterborough, the Rt Rev Donald Allister, commented this week on the role of Bishops serving the Queen.
“When you are first appointed you get a one-to-one with her and senior bishops take it in turn to do chaplaincy work when she is in Sandringham.
‘‘She usually goes to Sandringham after Christmas and stays for most of January. She likes a bishop to be there as chaplain for each long weekend. I’ve stayed there for a long weekend.
“A lot of the conversation is just about families. It’s just ordinary stuff, it’s not about big issues of state or whether we should bomb this country. It’s just like being part of a family for a long weekend albeit a quite unusual and well known family.
“It’s quite nerve-wracking and scary when you’re told you’ve got to do it. You have to preach a sermon – in front of the Queen – someone like me a lad from Liverpool having to do that. It feels completely unreal,” he said. PROMINENT evangelist, Martin Cavender, has died at the age of 68.
The former ecclesiastical law solicitor was first Director of ReSource, an initiative formed of the Anglican Renewal Ministries and the Archbishops’ Initiative for Evangelism, Springboard.
Under the request of then Archbishop of Canterbury, George Carey, Cavender was sent to Rwanda after the genocide to rewrite the country’s legal Constitution.
He described himself as ‘flouncing in’ to Rwanda as a missionary lawyer that later ‘found himself sitting there like a child just listening to the stories.’
He came to faith in one moment at his supper table. “Did I believe in Jesus Christ and if I did what difference was it going to make in my life?” he said, reflecting on his life change.
He resigned as diocesan registrar in 1992, and went on to found the Archbishops’ College of Evangelists among his other achievements.
He is survived by his wife, daughter and two sons.