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By royal appointment… Pupils to sing for the Queen

01 December, 2017 — By Joe Cooper

St Mary’s pupils who will sing for the Queen. ‘It’s really exciting. We are delighted,’ said headteacher Genevieve Prayag

THESE are the children who will be singing for the Queen on Wednesday as part of a celebration to mark the 150th anniver­sary of Scripture Union.

Children from St Mary’s Primary School, in Fowler Road, Canonbury, will sing to a packed church of specially-invited guests, including the Queen, at St Mary’s Church, in Upper Street.

Scripture Union, an international movement, has its roots in Islington. In 1867, Josiah Spiers spoke to 15 children in a drawing room of the parish of St Mary’s, beginning the work of sharing the Christian message. Today, it covers more than 120 countries.

St Mary’s headteacher Genevieve Prayag said: “It’s really exciting. What an honour that the children have been asked to participate and sing a special song for the service. We are delighted.”

The Rev Simon Harvey, vicar of St Mary’s, and the Rev Tim Hastie-Smith, national director of Scripture Union, will lead the service at which the Bishop of Durham will preach.

BBC’s Songs of Praise will show the service in February, introduced by soprano Katherine Jenkins.

Mr Harvey said: “It’s a privilege for St Mary’s to welcome the Queen to our church. Scripture Union is a tremendous global Christian organisation and we’re delighted to welcome them back home to the heart of Islington.”

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