Christians from every denomination will be joining together in the ruins of Dudley Priory on Sunday 20 May at 2.30pm to pray for the life of the Borough and give thanks to God for all who live and work there.

The event marks Pentecost, a Christian festival which celebrates when the Holy Spirit descended on Jesus’ followers and is often considered the birthday of the Christian church and the start of the church’s mission in the world. Led by the Bishop of Dudley and other local church leaders, there will be a short service and a number of prayer activities suitable for both adults and children.

The Bishop of Dudley, Graham Usher, said: 

“Dudley Priory was originally a place of Christian prayer and witness making it a perfect location for us to gather together as Christians and praise the God we love. We will being praying for those who live or work across Dudley Borough, as well as asking for God’s blessing on the real impact Christians have when we work together to serve our neighbours.”

The Praying for Dudley event is part of Thy Kingdom Come, which began as a simple invitation to prayer from the Archbishops of Canterbury and York in 2016, but has since blossomed into a global movement bringing together hundreds of thousands of Christians from across the globe to pray for more people to come to know the amazing love of Jesus Christ during the 11-day period from Ascension Day to Pentecost. In 2017 alone, more than 85 countries – ranging from Canada to Australia, South Sudan to Japan - took part and it is hoped that this year, even greater numbers of individuals, families and churches will be involved.

All are welcome to join the celebration in Priory Park on Sunday 20 May from 2.30 – 4pm. The event has been organised by an ecumenical team of churches in Dudley at the Bishop of Dudley’s invitation.


The Diocese of Worcester is one of 42 dioceses in the Church of England. It covers an area of 671 square miles and includes parishes in the County of Worcestershire, the Metropolitan Borough of Dudley, and a few parishes in northern Gloucestershire, south east Wolverhampton and Sandwell.

From: Sam Setchell, Press Officer for the Diocese of Worcester and the Bishop of Worcester.

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