Queen Elizabeth’s death marked by Isle of Wight church service

People from across the island community gathered for a special memorial service marking the Queen’s passing.

The pews were full as civil dignitaries, members of the public and civil servants from a variety of backgrounds attended an emotional service at Newport Minster, led by Acting Isle of Wight Archdeacon Reverend Allie Kerr.

The event, which was also live-streamed for those unable to attend in person, provided an opportunity for those in attendance to remember the late Her Majesty and what she meant to the people of the island and reflect on his life.

The service, which began at 6 p.m., included hymns, prayers and readings, with Reverend Kerr welcoming the congregation.

Image courtesy of Isle of Wight Council.

“We gather today to remember before God our late Sovereign Lady Queen Elizabeth, to renew our trust in Christ, and to pray that together we may be one in him, through whom we offer our prayers and our praise be to the Father,” she said.

A Thanksgiving Litany was led by the Dean of the Isle of Wight Region, Reverend Steve Daughtery, which was followed by readings by Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant of the Isle of Wight, Susie Sheldon, and the Chairman of the Isle of Wight Council, Cllr Claire Critchison.

Isle of Wight County Press: The Newport Minster Choir.  Image courtesy of Isle of Wight Council.The Newport Minster Choir. Image courtesy of Isle of Wight Council.

The service was sung by the Newport and Carisbrooke Parish Choirs and the Isle of Wight Cantata Choir (pictured above). Anthems included God Be in My Head and I Was Glad.

Reverend Kerr concluded the service with a benediction before the congregation sang the national anthem. There was a retirement collection for Community Action Isle of Wight.

The rally, held on the eve of the state funeral last Sunday, was diverse with military veterans wearing medals and young children among the crowd.

Dignitaries including the Isle of Wight High Sheriff Kay Marriott, Isle of Wight Leader of Council Cllr Lora Peacey-Wilcox, Isle MP Bob Seely and former Isle of Wight Lord Lieutenants de Wight, including Major General Sir Martin White and Christopher Bland, were among those who attended.

Jerry B. Hatch