Church services to commemorate the Queen

St Mary’s Church in Beeston will be holding a commemorative service for Queen Elizabeth II on Sunday (18 September 2022) starting at 12 noon.

People have already laid flowers in the church garden and Rev Lindey Pearson invited others to do so too.

The Hunslet Initiative will also hold a special service on Sunday at 3:30pm. The service, which will include a tribute to the Queen, reflection, bible readings, prayer and Holy Communion. There will be a book of condolence and refreshments at the event which takes place at the Involve Centre, behind Hunslet Community Hub & Library.

Middleton Baptist Church, on Middleton Park Avenue, will be open from 2-5pm on Sunday for private prayer. Then at 5pm there will be a service of comfort and remembrance of the Queen.

The life of Queen Elizabeth II will also be commemorated and celebrated at a multi-faith vigil in Leeds city centre this Sunday.

The eve-of-funeral event, which is open to the public, will be held on the Millennium Square steps directly in front of Leeds Civic Hall and will get under way at 6pm. It will feature prayers and readings as well as the lighting of candles, one for each faith community taking part.

The event is due to last for around 45 minutes and will culminate with the lighting of the candles and a minute’s silence, ahead of the national moment of reflection for the Queen later that evening.

Representatives of a wide range of faith communities have been invited to attend, and younger people will play a prominent role in proceedings.

Organised by the Diocese of Leeds, Leeds Faiths Forum and Leeds City Council, the event is being hosted by the Bishop of Kirkstall, the Rt Revd Arun Arora.

Simon Phillips, co-chair of Leeds Faiths Forum, which is supporting the event in conjunction with Concord Leeds Interfaith Fellowship and the council’s religion or belief hub, said:

“Her Majesty The Queen had a deep commitment to the value of faith in bringing communities together.

“We are proud to play our part in civic and faith leaders in Leeds coming together to support this belief.

“This is a city that has adopted the Faith Covenant, and the vigil will be a demonstration of our common purpose in making the city a compassionate and welcoming place for everyone.”

As previously announced by the council, coverage of the Queen’s funeral will be shown live on the Millennium Square big screen between 10am and 6pm on Monday. For further information about the screening and other activity in Leeds related to the passing of Her Majesty, visit the council’s newsroom.