Thy Kingdom Come
The Archbishops of Canterbury and York are inviting every parish, school, chaplaincy, retreat house, and praying community to join in ten days of prayer for evangelism and witness in the run up to Pentecost.
The prayer campaign, called Thy Kingdom Come, builds on last year’s campaign in dioceses, deaneries and churches across the country. This year it is a global event, with prayer beacon events planned in capital cities across the world.
Bishop Paul writes: “I am delighted to commend warmly to you ‘Thy Kingdom Come 2017’ an initiative of the Archbishops of York and Canterbury. The period from Ascension Day to Pentecost is a timely opportunity for us to join together in prayer for the empowering of the Holy Spirit as we seek to be effective witnesses to Jesus Christ. It is an excellent way for us to root in prayer our diocesan-wide commitment to ‘Growing Disciples wider, younger, deeper’.”
In Southwell & Nottingham, the 10-day pilgrimage of prayer will start in the north, south, east and west of the diocese. On Ascension Day (May 25th) people from every parish across the diocese are invited to join prayer gatherings at:
North – 7pm, St Nicholas’ Bawtry with Bishop Paul
East – 7pm, St Mary Magdalene Newark with Archdeacon David Picken
South – 7pm, St Mary and All Saints Willoughby-on-the-Wolds with Archdeacon Sarah Clark
West -7pm, All Saints Huthwaite with Bishop Tony
Towards the end of the 10 days there will be two major prayer gatherings:
Friday 2nd June – 7pm at Trent Vineyard Church, Nottingham – organised by the Nottingham City Prayer network
Saturday 3rd June – 7pm in the Cathedral at the invitation of the Dean
At these two major gatherings there will be prayer for churches across the diocese as they prepare to celebrate the empowering gift of the Holy Spirit on Pentecost Sunday. In addition, deaneries will be hosting their own prayer gatherings between Friday May 26th and Thursday 1st June.
Step 1 – Plan: Talk about TKC2017 at the next PCC and decide how to respond, possibly in discussion with ecumenical partners or local prayer networks. It is
about praying according to your own church and tradition, but with access to a range of resources on the TKC page of the diocesan website. How creative could your church be? What opportunities do you have that others might not have? Could you open your church every day from 8am until 8pm and create prayer stations or designated areas? Do you have church members who are gifted at welcoming visitors if they came in to pray, especially in churches that have a large numbers of passers-by?
Church schools are being invited to get involved on Ascension Day and Friday 26th May. In addition, the half-term week allows opportunities to create prayer gatherings and activities for families who are not going away on holiday.
Step 2 – Publicise your prayer event: Tell us about your prayer gathering using the following link https://goo.gl/34qcKN as well as publicising it in your parish magazine, website, Facebook page, and local prayer network group. As a visible sign of joining together in prayer, we intend to have a page on the diocesan website where you will be able to hover over a map of the diocese and see where prayer events are taking place, day by day.
Step 3 – Pray! at your local church, ecumenical and deanery gathering or at one of the two major prayer gatherings.
The Revd Phil Williams, who is co-ordinating the campaign in our diocese, said: “Who knows what stories we will have to tell of answered prayers and changed lives across the diocese as we see God at work?”
Archbishop Justin and Archbishop Sentamu write: “We are writing in the hope that you and those whom you serve in Christ’s name might share with us in prayer between Ascension Day and Pentecost 2017 for the witness of Christians in this country. The aim is simple and threefold:
To join in prayer with the whole family of God the Father
To pray for the empowering of God the Holy Spirit
That we may be effective witnesses to God the Son, Jesus Christ.
“We show our faith and trust in God in prayer. It is in prayer that God takes hold of our lives and works through us in ways we can barely imagine possible. Our praying is particularly transformative when it is done in the company of others.”
For more information and resources, go to www.thykingdomcome.global – you can also sign up to pledge to pray and watch a video of the Archbishop of Canterbury talking about the importance of prayer.
Look out for updates on the diocesan website, Twitter account and Facebook page.
If you have any questions, contact firstname.lastname@example.org