The President and Vice-President of the Methodist Conference have made the following statement in response to the announcement of the death of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II.
"It was with profound sadness that we learned of the death of Her Majesty the Queen today. We join the nation in grief and thank God for her long and distinguished reign. The loyalty to, and love expressed, for Queen Elizabeth across the world is a testament to the life that she led, one marked by dedicated service to others. She provided encouragement and reassurance to a world living through uncertain times.
"For people of all ages the Queen has provided constancy, a calm and wise influence at all levels of society. Our nation, the Commonwealth and the world have been greatly blessed by her life and work.
"We give thanks to God that her duty as monarch was grounded in a deep faith in Jesus Christ, which has been an inspiration to countless people throughout her reign. Her dedication, commitment and service to her people will never be forgotten and will sustain all those who mourn in the coming weeks. Our prayers are for her family who have lost a mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and aunt and we pray that all may be inspired by her service and guided by her example.
"The prayers of the Methodist people are also offered for His Majesty the King in his new role."
The Revd Graham Thompson and Anthony Boateng, President and Vice-President of the Methodist Conference
"Following the sad news of the death of Queen Elizabeth II, the Sheffield Methodist District wishes to express its condolences to the Royal Family. The Queen has served this nation and the Commonwealth with great commitment and dedication for which we are thankful. Her faith in Christ has shaped the way in which she exercised her calling, and we pray, that as we mourn her loss, we might also place our trust in God as we look to a different future.
"We will pray for the members of her family in their grief and loss and for the people across this District who share their sadness. We commit ourselves to praying for King Charles III as he takes on his new responsibilities."
Revd Gill Newton
Chair – Sheffield Methodist District.
District Chair, Gill Newton shares the following prayer on behalf of the District
"Loving God, we give you thanks for the life and service of Queen Elizabeth II. We are grateful for the dedication, commitment, and faithfulness that she has shown in her life of service, and we rejoice that she has been sustained over the years by her faith in you.
"We pray that you will be a source of comfort to her family who are experiencing personal loss and that all those who are feeling sad or distressed at this news, will know your peace.
"In the name of Christ, Amen