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The Queen is coming to Islington

The Queen will be guest of honour at an Islington church this week, along with soprano Katherine Jenkins and Baroness Floella Benjamin, for a special recording of BBC’s Song of Praise.

Her visit to St Mary’s Church, in Upper Street, marks the 150th anniversary of Scripture Union, an international evangelical Christian movement that aims to help children and young people find God through the Bible.

The charity, funded by Josiah Spiers in 1867 on Essex Road, works in partnership with different churches, including St Mary’s, producing resources for Bible reading to inspire young people.

The Queen’s last official visit to the borough dates back to March 2011, when she was given a tour of City and Islington College.

The service will be led by the National Director of Scripture Union, Rev. Tim Hastie-Smith and the Vicar of St Mary’s Church, Rev. Simon Harvey.

Rev. Harvey said: “It is an enormous honour for St Mary’s to be welcoming The Queen to worship with us.

“Like millions of other people, Her Majesty has found a guide and example in Jesus Christ. I hope that the service will help everyone who takes part, including Her Majesty, to celebrate the gift of the Bible.”

The celebration will be attended by Scripture Union supporters and volunteers and will feature performances from the All Souls Orchestra, a fellowship of Christian musicians, and children from St Mary’s Primary School Choir.

Unfortunately, no further tickets are available, however BBC’s Songs of Praise will available to be broadcast in February.

Written by Leah Stanfield

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