Following the very sad news of the death of Her Late Majesty the Queen, tributes have been paid following the announcement of her death yesterday.
On behalf of Reverend Alan Green and Tower Hamlets Inter Faith Forum, please see the statement below:
‘A life of dedicated service has come to an end with the death of her late Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II. For most of us she has been a constant presence throughout all of our lives and this bereavement feels very personal. We give thanks for her steadfastness and her commitment to the life of this country. May she rest in peace’ – Reverend Alan Green
Flags at Tower Hamlets Town Hall in Mulberry Place and the new Town Hall in Whitechapel are being flown at half-mast and Books of Condolence are open for residents to sign.
A Civic Memorial Service will take place at 5:30pm on Thursday 15 September at All Saints Church:
The meeting point will be in front of Idea Store, Chrisp Street at 5.30pm. From there, a procession will go to All Saints Church Poplar where the main part of the event will held. The programme at All Saints Church Poplar will consist of readings, commemoration and speeches from the Executive Mayor and the Bishop of Stepney.
The duration of the whole event is expected to be around 90 minutes.
The addresses for both the venues are
- Idea Store Chrisp Street: 4 Vesey Path, London E14 6BT
- All Saints Church: Newby Place, London E14 0EY
We encourage all faith groups to mark the passing of the Queen in a way deemed appropriate to them – it would be much appreciated if you could let the forum know what your plans are.
We will be collating further news and resources below:
See statements from Lutfur Rahman, Mayor of Tower Hamlets and Cllr Shafi Ahmed, Speaker of the Council on the Tower Hamlets Council website.
Liturgical resources that churches and church schools are being offered. Leaders from other faiths have been encouraged to use the spirit of the sentiments embodied in these prayers as bases for prayers and reflections that can be adapted to work within their own traditions and religious communities.