Thy Kingdom Come
Join the global wave of prayer 25th May - 4th June
View and sign up to the Diocese of Worcester Prayer Calendar
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.
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'."
Sign up to our Wave of Prayer:
We would 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 are hoping that parishes will 'pilgrimage' to the Cathedral for a service at 7pm on Saturday 3 June and there will be an event in Dudley at 2.30pm on Sunday 4 June. More details to follow.
for those who would like, we are planning four walks into Worcester ahead of the Cathedral service, which will form the shape of a cross across our Diocese. Maps will be available online, so you can do part of all of a particular route and there will be prayers which can be used on the way (which can also be used in the comfort of your own home if that's easier!). Proposed routes:
- From the North: . Starting at Wall Heath following the Staffs & Worcs canal to Stourbridge Canal on the Monarch's Way, then east into Dudley and Blakedown, Chaddesley Corbett, Hampton Lovett, Droitwich , Fernhill Heath and into Worcester on the Canal. (Distance 36 miles, 2-4 days)
- From the East: On the Wychavon Way and Millennium Way. Starting at Church Lench on Wychavon joining Millennium at Flyford Flavell, Into Worcester via Mucknell Abbey (13 miles, 1-2 days)
- From the West: Following the Three Choirs Way, beginning at near Alfrick, Knightwick to Broadwas, Broadheath etc (10 miles, 1-2 days)
- From the South: Following the Severn Way along the river taking in Upton, Severn Stoke, Kempsey etc (15 miles, 1-2 days)
We're looking for people to help test different parts of the routes. If you think you can help, please contact Sue Adeney.
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There are lots of ideas and resources for parish prayer activities on the Archbishops’ dedicated website.
Roots has produced some prayers for young people .
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.
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.