Statement from Rev Kia Pakenham following the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

It is with huge sadness that we learnt of the death of her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth, yesterday. It is difficult to think of a life more dedicated and devoted to others. She prayed at the beginning of her reign for the help of God to fulfil all that was asked of her, and her prayer was answered in full. Her clear faith was a beacon to us all and we give thanks for her life and unstinting service, we rightly mourn her passing and we celebrate her life. Her death will affect us profoundly and we will all have treasured memories or her impact on our lives. Our prayers are now with our new King, Charles III and with the whole family. Our churches will be open, as usual throughout the week, so do please come and use them to reflect and remember if you would find that helpful. Books of condolence will be available in due course. Here is an online link to the Book of Condolence if you would like to add your own personal message¬†https://www.churchofengland.org/remembering-her-majesty-queen. Our service pattern will reflect this moment in our history so please keep an eye on our website and I will also email you¬†https://www.stjameschurchabinger.org/Services. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Royal Family and all who loved her throughout the world. Support us O Lord, all the day long of this troublous life, until the shadows lengthen and the evening comes, the busy world is hushed, the fever of life is over and our work is done; then Lord, in your mercy, grant us safe lodging, a holy rest, and peace at the last, through Jesus Christ our Lord. With love and prayers Rev’d Kia Pakenham, 9th September 2022