York Minster hosts beacon event as part of global wave of prayer


York Minster will host a prayer and praise event as part of a global wave of prayer taking place between 25 May and 4 June.

The cathedral is teaming up with York church The Belfrey for the Thy Kingdom Come event on Sunday 4 June, which will be led by the Archbishop of York.

Thy Kingdom Come is an international movement which invites Christians around the world to pray between Ascension and Pentecost (25 May – 4 June) for more people to know Jesus Christ.

The movement started in 2016 with an invitation from the Archbishops’ of Canterbury and York to the Church of England and has grown into an international call to prayer.

Archbishop John Sentamu said: “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.

“I want to encourage everyone to come along to the Minster to share in this event – it will be fantabulous!  Together, with the help and power of the Holy Spirit, we can share the love of God as seen in Jesus Christ with those around us and see lives and communities transformed.  Come and be part of it.”

As well as encouraging prayer everywhere, a number of beacon events are taking place around the country to gather, ignite and inspire worship and intercession for a generation to rise up with a fresh passion and confidence for the proclamation of the Gospel.

The York Minster beacon event is open to all with young people particularly encouraged to attend. The Archbishop of York will be joined by guest speaker Ben Doolan, Head of 18-30s for New Wine, a network of churches working together to change the nation through a network of church leaders, national gatherings, training events and resources.

Doors will open at 7pm with the service starting at 7.30pm, and free tickets for the service are available via www.yorkminster.org.

Other events taking place in and around the cathedral as part of the Thy Kingdom Come movement include a prayer station in the Minster’s Lady Chapel and an outdoor worship and evangelism event on the Minster’s South Piazza on Saturday 3 June.

The interactive prayer station will be in place in the Lady Chapel, underneath the cathedral’s Great East Window, from 25 May for the full ten days of the Thy Kingdom Come movement. People are invited to visit the space to pray and reflect, exploring what it means to venture into the stormy seas of life in the company of the Holy Spirit.

On Saturday 3 June a worship and evangelism event led by St Cuthbert's House of Prayer and One Voice will take place on York Minster’s South Piazza between 9am and 5pm. Worship teams from across the city are coming together for the event, which will include prayer, readings, testimony and live modern music from different bands linked to local worship communities.  

For more information about Thy Kingdom Come events happening in the York Diocese visit


For more information about the movement, including the chance to Pledge2Pray online, visit: www.thykingdomcome.global