Thy Kingdom Come
Join the global wave of prayer 25th May - 4th June
View and sign up to the Diocese of Worcester Prayer Calendar
"We are invited to make a lasting difference in our nations and in our world, by responding to his call to find a deep unity of purpose in prayer."
Archbishop Justin Welby
Churches and individuals are now planning prayer events and activities at their churches or in their local area. During the days between Ascension and Pentecost a range of events will be taking place - we hope there will be something to suit everyone.
As preparations begin for Thy Kingdom Come 2017, the hope is to see at least 80 per cent of Church of England churches and cathedrals taking part as well as many other denominations and the churches of the world-wide Anglican Communion. Leaders from Churches Together in England, including Roman Catholic, Pentecostal, Baptist and Methodist churches, Free churches and Orthodox churches to name but a few, have all signalled their support.
Over the 11 days people around the world will be coming together to discover new ways of praying that their friends, family and neighbours come to know Jesus Christ. This will culminate in a range of beacon events where communities gather outside their normal worshipping patterns to worship and to pray that the Holy Spirit will help them to be effective witnesses.
This week of prayer and the aims behind it fit well with our Kingdom People vision and we are supporting it in a couple of simple ways which we hope everyone will be able to join in with.
Bishop John says:
"I do hope that everyone in our churches will want to respond wholeheartedly to this wave of prayer being commended by our bishops. Nothing is more central to our life as Kingdom people than prayer. May we join together to pray with all our hearts 'Thy Kingdom come'."
We will be producing a prayer booklet, designed to sit alongside our prayer diaries, which we hope you will be able to use, not just for the week leading up to Pentecost, but also at other times.
We would also like to try to cover the whole week with people praying 24 hours a day and on this page is a calendar listing each hour across the 11 days. It would be brilliant if churches/ parishes could commit to praying for a block of time, enabling people to pray either at home or in church. Individuals can also sign up. Sign up to our Prayer calendar and email Sam with any queries.
Please also put the weekend of 3/4 June in your diary. We'll be having a big celebration in the Cathedral on Saturday evening and hopefully another event in Dudley on Sunday. Watch this space for more details.
There are lots of ideas and resources for parish prayer activities on the Archbishops’ dedicated website: https://www.thykingdomcome.global/
Engage Worship have produced a 24 page Family Creative Prayer Journal for Thy Kingdom Come. It is A4, full colour, and in a similar style to their Lent and Advent journals. It is aimed at families to pray together for mission and evangelism, and is engaging for people of all ages and whatever stage of faith journey.
Dominic Melville, Vicar of St Kenelm's, Romsley, talks about why prayer is important and why people come to pray at St Kenelm's Church.