We’re pleased to announce this Easter that messages of support have been receieved across the nine major faiths in the UK. In an unusual display of support across the main faith groups, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Archbishop of Westminster and Chief Rabbi, along with leaders from each of the major faiths, have embraced The Big Jubilee Lunch – as an initiative that builds communal togetherness.
The Big Jubilee Lunch on Sunday 3rd June is part of the programme of events to celebrate The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee as announced by Buckingham Palace, and has Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall as its patron. The aim is to encourage neighbourhoods to come together to share lunch and a few hours of community, friendship and fun. Last year the best part of two million people took part and we’re expecting record numbers to get involved this year, including a number of faith communities.
In his message Dr Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury said, “Special occasions like this can build enduring warmth, friendship and understanding between people who may live close to each other but whose busy lives mean they don’t often have the chance to relax and have fun together. I hope many people will take part in their local Big Jubilee Lunch and I send my prayers and best wishes to all involved in organising it.”
Imam Mohammad Shahid Raza, Chairman, Imams & Mosques Council (UK) said, “This occasion grants our country the perfect opportunity to celebrate in a display of friendship, common values and unity. I am sure the day will bring together people of all ethnicities, ages and faiths and demonstrate the tolerance and understanding that underpins society in this country.”
We’ve already heard about lots of faith groups planning Big Jubilee Lunches; The Preston Sikh Community is preparing a vegetarian lunch for over 500 people as part of a partnership with the local council; St Cyprians Church in Sheffield is celebrating its 60 year anniversary with a Big Jubilee Lunch and people at All Saints Church in Stockton-on Tees have been knocking on their neighbours’ doors to invite them to be involved with their lunch.
A specially composed grace has been published to be prayed by people before they share a Big Jubilee Lunch in their communities. HOPE has also announced a range of free resources which churches can use in their communities as part of their Big Jubilee Lunch celebrations.
How will you be joining in The Big Jubilee Lunch this year? Get in touch to let us know, email email@example.com