Minster service marks Queen’s birthday

A service to mark the Queen’s official birthday took place at Southwell Minster last weekend.

Senior figures from across Nottinghamshire were present including Nick Ebbs, the High Sheriff of Nottinghamshire, Sir John Peace, Lord-Lieutenant of Nottinghamshire, the Chief Constable of Nottinghamshire, Deputy Chief Fire Officer of Nottinghamshire, and several judges.

The Dean of Southwell, The Very Revd Nicola Sullivan, welcomed the congregation to the Minster: “We come to our Cathedral Church today, to rejoice on the occasion of the Official Birthday of our Sovereign Lady Queen Elizabeth; to give thanks
for her long life of service and her continuing commitment to people of all
ages, races and cultures around the world.”

The lesson, John 6:1-15, was read by Sir John Peace, Lord-Lieutenant of Nottinghamshire, and Bishop Paul Williams preached the sermon.

A collection was taken during the service for the High Sheriff’s chosen charity Framework, which tackles the causes and consequences of homelessness – supporting nearly 12,000 homeless and vulnerable people each year across Nottinghamshire.

The Cathedral Choir was directed by Paul Provost, Rector Chori, with the organ played by Simon Hogan, Assistant Director of Music.