Coronation of King Charles III: Activities to bring communities together

Published: Tuesday February 21, 2023

Get your worshipping community involved in the upcoming celebrations to mark His Majesty King Charles III’s Coronation.

The Coronation ceremony for His Majesty King Charles III will take place on 6 May at Westminster Abbey. As well as the ceremony itself, other events are being planned around the weekend of the Coronation. This includes the ‘Coronation Big Lunch’ on 7 May, with a concert taking place at Windsor in the evening, and ‘The Big Help Out’ community activity on 8 May, which has been designated a Bank Holiday. Funding is also available to community groups through the National Lottery ‘Awards for All’ programme.

In a letter to the Diocese, Baroness Scott of Bybrook OBE said, ‘The Government wants to see people across the UK and the Commonwealth come together to celebrate this momentous occasion. The Coronation aims to reflect the modern, diverse, multi-faith United Kingdom and to promote the themes of youth, community, diversity and sustainability.

‘To mark the Coronation, you may wish to think about holding an event in your own place of worship or community centre, perhaps encouraging younger members of your community to get involved. There is of course no template for marking the day, any celebrations you arrange should reflect your own communities’ traditions and expectations. Local councils will also be encouraged to open their civic buildings including libraries, museums, leisure centres and heritage sites, and may host their own events and projects.’

You can order copies of the Daily Prayers for the Coronation of King Charles III from Church House Publishing.

The Coronation Big Lunch
The Coronation Big Lunch will be on the 6-8 May Bank Holiday, so be part of history and join millions celebrating the Coronation across the UK. Share food, friendship and fun with people in your worshipping community. Digital packs are available containing everything you need to get started and set up your own Big Lunch, from invites, posters, guides and more. Get your free pack: Further details about getting involved in this can be found at here:

The Big Help Out
The Big Help Out, on 8 May, will provide an opportunity to reflect on the legacy of His Majesty’s service and showcase the impact of volunteering within communities. There will be
opportunities for people to get involved right across the UK. More details can be found here:

National Lottery funding
Funding of up to £10,000 is available for events and activities through the National Lottery ‘Awards for All’ programme. If you are thinking of applying as a community group, please note that it can take up to 12 weeks from the point of application submission to receiving funding if successful. All funding criteria and terms and conditions are here:

As with Her late Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations in 2022, the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport will be launching a Coronation website with resources and an interactive map. You can subscribe to the bulletin here.

The Church of England is sharing a range of resources for churches, individuals and families to use to mark the Coronation weekend: The Coronation of King Charles III | The Church of England

A book of Daily Prayers for the Coronation has also been published: Book of prayer for the coronation of King Charles III published | The Church of England

Are you planning a special event in your worshipping community to mark the Coronation? Let us know at ku.oc1701423620.coid1701423620solg@1701423620newok1701423620


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