In 2012 the country and commonwealth will be celebrating Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee. There will, no doubt, be pomp and circumstance in June and delight over an extra day Bank Holiday on 5th June giving a four day break, a week later than usual.
Our calling is service and
our tradition is hospitality, so let’s make the most of this opportunity to
express this – ecumenically, in circuits, with schools or other community
groups, however you can.
Churches are called and invited to be visible and practical in our communities to host or help arrange a Sunday Lunch.
Many churches do on occasion or regularly have Sunday lunches after their morning services, which are well attended and appreciated – so please on 3rd June 2012 can you do a little more?
Can you open your doors and fit in a few extra?
Can you invite neighbours or even strangers off the streets?
Are you brave enough to barbeque or do a hog roast outside?
Or could you just invite one or two more people to share your lunch at home?
For further information or ideas look up www.thebiglunch.com
If you wish to do a bit more and hold a larger event, red tape has been reduced for the Queen’s Jubilee so that if you are holding a private event (i.e. invited people not widely advertised) then you do not need licences for music and if there is no selling, and no formal risk assessments are necessary. If you do want to provide wider entertainment or sell alcohol then a Temporary Event Notice is required, but that only costs approx £20 and if you think you may need public liability insurance is can be as little as £50.
Check out your local council details and they may also have funds that you can use.