Queen thanks the nation for prayers
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News from David Webster This is just to say that I am still in the land of the living – but still on earth! Some of you will remember me: others will not, especially newcomers. When I was mobile I used to worship at St John’s Chipping Sodbury; when I was less so, I was taken up the hill to Old Sodbury. Last September I moved to a Residential Home in Thornbury then, in February I transferred to this smaller, more ‘homely’ Home in Wickwar. In both residences I was/am happy and very well cared for. My wife, Barbara, still lives in Batten Court, Chipping Sodbury and, with help, manages to visit me once or twice a week. She has care in our old home (on a daily basis) whilst I have residential care. Myrtle, our daughter, hovers between us, whilst our son, Chris, keeps a filial watch over us all from Hong Kong. On 14th April, Barbara and I will celebrate or 65th wedding anniversary. We give thanks to Father God for his many blessings given to us. Although I am beyond the boundary line of the Benefice, I am still a member of Chippping Sodbury Parish, therefore, I still like to feel a member of the church family and appreciate your prayers correspondence and occasional short visit (phone first). I send my brotherly love and pray God’s blessings on all. David (Charlton House, 85 High Street, Wickwar 01454 294167)
In a strong statement of faith, the Queen has said that she is ‘very grateful’ to the nation for its prayers for her and that she has felt God’s ‘faithfulness’ during 64 years on the throne. The comments came in the foreword to a new book, The Servant Queen and the King She Serves, published today by Bible Society, HOPE and LICC. Her Majesty said, ‘I have been – and remain – very grateful to you for your prayers and to God for his steadfast love. I have indeed seen his faithfulness.’ The book is being published to mark the Queen’s 90th birthday, in April. In her comments, the Queen referred to the changes she has seen in her life, which has made her the longestreigning monarch in British history. Supporters of the Bible Society can get a free copy from their web site. www.biblesociety.org.uk
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