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Wave of prayer gathering force across the diocese

The global wave of prayer known as Thy Kingdom Come is gathering strength in Southwell & Nottingham.

Several major events are already in the calendar, and others are being planned by churches from every corner of the diocese, from prayer meetings and prayer breakfasts to a poetry event focusing on the Lord’s Prayer.

The breakfast is taking place at the Plough Inn, Caunton, on Saturday 27th May, in the Newark and Southwell Deanery; it is open to everyone.

The Hucknall Team Ministry has organised a day of prayer at St Mary Magdalene, Hucknall, based on the Lord’s Prayer. People are invited to call in and use creative prayer stations, which utilise clay modelling, flower arranging, and painting. It takes place on Wednesday 31st May from 10am to 4pm, and 7pm to 9pm.

St Nic’s, Nottingham, is holding an evening with poet Malcolm Guite , which will focus on praying the Lord’s Prayer. It takes place on Wednesday 31st May at 7.30pm – find more details at

Thy Kingdom Come starts on Ascension Day (May 25th) and ends on the eve of Pentecost (June 3rd).  The Minster Service on Ascension will be held on the top of the tower, led by the Dean, the Very Revd Nicola Sullivan.

It begins at 7am, followed by Holy Communion at 9.4am, an Ascension Day Meditation at 12.15pm, Festal Evensong at 5.45pm and a Sung Eucharist at 8pm.

The Southwell Diocese Guild of Bell Ringers are encouraging bell ringers to ring their bells at Ascension Day services across the diocese.

If you have planned a TKC event please log it on the TKC prayer map by filling in a simple e-form – click on the link on the right of the right of this page. 

Thy Kingdom Come is supported by the Archbishops of Canterbury and York, who 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.

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’.”

Events already logged include:

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

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