We were delighted to welcome Her Majesty The Queen to St Mary's today.
Christian children and young people’s charity, Scripture Union celebrates exactly 150 years since its beginnings in a house on Essex Road, Islington.
Our own St Mary's children's use Scripture Union materials in our Starter Church, Kids Church, and Youth Church on Sundays. In 120 countries around the world, Scripture Union has reached countless children by working through and beyond churches. It aims to help children and young people from all backgrounds to explore the difference Jesus can make to the challenges and adventures of life.
The 150th anniversary service was led by the National Director of Scripture Union, the Rev. Tim Hastie-Smith and Rev. Simon Harvey, the Vicar of St Mary's Church, and was attended by Scripture Union supporters, volunteers and others connected to the charity’s work. Music was provided by the All Souls Orchestra and featured a performance by a choir of children from our own St Mary's Primary School. The Bishop of Durham preached and BBC's Songs of Praise recorded the service for future transmission with presenters Katherine Jenkins and Pam Rhodes.
Simon said, "It's wonderful! The Queen came today not to see a presentation but to worship with us. She has inspired millions by speaking clearly about her faith as a follower of Jesus Christ. For us to celebrate the sharing of the gospel with children around the world with her was a privilege. I'm enormously proud of the choir of children from our local St Mary's Primary School, whose sang of God's love so heartily."
A new Scripture Union Jubilee hymn titled ‘God of Unchanging Grace', composed by Bishop Timothy Dudley-Smith, was sung by the congregation which filled the church.