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A message on the death of His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh
Friday 9th April 2021, A message from Bishop James and Bishop Simon
Dear brothers and sisters,
It is with great sadness that we have learned the news of the death of His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh. Our most sincere condolences on behalf of the Diocese of Rochester will be expressed to Her Majesty The Queen and other members of the Royal Family.
Prince Philip’s long life and his unstinting support of the Queen over more than 70 years of marriage have contributed immensely to the life of the nation at home and abroad.
He will also be remembered for his personal initiatives and support in many spheres, not least his encouragement of young people, particularly with the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme, founded in 1956.
His Royal Highness’ death will be deeply felt by many. May we invite you to join us in remembering His Royal Highness in prayer with these words:
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We remember, too, the Royal Family in their bereavement:
O God, our sovereign and shepherd,
who brought again your Son, Jesus Christ,
from the valley of death,
comfort, we pray,
The Queen and all the Royal Family
with your protecting presence.
Fill them with your Holy Spirit;
and with your heavenly peace;
and bring them at the last
to your everlasting kingdom;
through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen
With our prayers and blessings
A book of condolences will be available for messages at church:
Sunday 11th April, Tuesday 13th April from 9.30 am - 11.30 am, Friday 16th April from 9.30 am - 11.30 am and Sunday 18th April.
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The Annual Meeting will take place on Sunday 16 May. Like last year, reports by the Vicar, Youth Minister and Children’s Minister will be made during the 10.30 am service, and the Financial Report and elections will follow immediately after the service. All the proceedings will be shown online. Anyone interested in standing for election to the PCC is asked to contact the PCC Secretary, Don Bower, or the Church Office for a nomination form.
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In this respect, we trust that our Sunday services offer a warm welcome and are time well spent. Time to spend with God, and time to think about the priorities of life. time where we can grow in relationship with others.
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