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Gather, Worship, Pray 'Thy Kingdom Come'

Thursday 9th March 2017

Join the global wave of prayer...

The Archbishops of Canterbury and York are inviting churches to pray for the evangelisation of the nation during the week between Ascension Day and Pentecost 2017 (25th May to 4th June) , for the witness of Christians in this country and around the world. The aim is simple and threefold:

  • To commit to praying with God’s world-wide family
  • To hold prayer events of different kinds and in different places
  • To pray for the empowering of the Holy Spirit, finding new confidence to be effective witnesses to Jesus Christ.

Archbishop Sentamu said: “One of the joys of my Pilgrimage of Prayer, Witness, and Blessing last year was seeing people of all ages come to know Jesus Christ, or return to faith in Him. It is my prayer that we shall continue growing in confidence to share Christ; that we shall see the Holy Spirit bringing joy, healing, reconciliation, and hope to many, and bringing new life both to Church and community, to the glory of God the Father”.

“Remember, whilst the big events are fantastic, Thy Kingdom Come is really about being part of a movement of prayer – so small is beautiful, for Jesus says ‘where two or three gather together in my name…’  ”


There are various strands of prayer and activity with which churches, families, schools and individuals may choose to engage between Ascension and Pentecost:

The first is to encourage prayer everywhere – using the season leading up to Pentecost to take every opportunity to enrich our prayer life. This can take the form of individual prayer;  or it can involve home groups, special prayer meetings, ‘prayer rooms’, nights or half nights of prayer, prayer walks, or special services. There are plenty of ideas on the Thy Kingdom Come website

The second is the so called ‘Beacon Event’ – a Prayer and Praise event.  In the Diocese of York this Beacon Evemt is  in York Minster on Pentecost Sunday, 4 June, at 7.30 pm.  The purposes of the Beacon Event are to gather, to ignite, and to inspire worship and intercession for a generation to rise up with a fresh passion and confidence for the proclamation of the Gospel.  The Beacon events - are open to all with young people particularly encouraged to attend.

The third is for groups of churches, deaneries, ecumenical groups, etc, to get together to organise joint prayer events and activities.  Remember that our partner churches are joining in Thy Kingdom Come too!

Some schools will feature Thy Kingdom Come in worship on Ascension Day, 25 May. There is some special material on the website - and there are also prayer resources for families and Messy Churches to use during the half term holiday.

Please visit the Diocesan Website  -  for Diocese of York events or for contact information for advice and support


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