ST STEPHEN’S Church will be open for Redditch to pay tribute to the late Queen Elizabeth II in the coming days.
Floral tributes to the Queen can be left in the church porch, which will remain open during this period of national mourning.
Residents are welcome to come to the church for prayer and reflection, candles of remembrance can be lit and a book of condolence will also be available.
On Sunday, September 11 the St Stephen’s bells will ring out at 4pm to celebrate King Charles III being proclaimed our new Sovereign.
St Stephen’s also confirmed its Heritage Open Day, originally scheduled to be held on Saturday, September 17, will not be going ahead.
At midday today, St Stephen’s joined Parish churches, chapels and cathedrals across the country in tolling their bells as a tribute to the Queen.
Last night, St Stephen’s Vicar and Town Centre Chaplain Rev Canon Paul Lawlor said: “The death of Her Majesty the Queen is a sad moment for us and we share together in our thoughts and prayers for our new King, his Consort and the Royal Family.
“Our Queen has been a huge presence in the life of our nation and for the Commonwealth.
“Her life has been one of dedication to the people of the nation.
“She has also spoken of how her Christian Faith has been a fundamental part of her life.
“As we grieve her passing may we be inspired by her faith and dedication to duty.
“May Queen Elizabeth rest in peace and rise in glory.”