25 January 2018
We have received the following update from the team behind ‘Thy Kingdom Come 2018’...
This week has seen the launch of the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Archbishop of York’s third annual global, ecumenical prayer movement – Thy Kingdom Come.
Considered to be one of the most dynamic prayer initiatives to emerge from the Church of England in recent years, high-profile figures from across the main denominations gathered together this week at Lambeth Palace in London and Bishopthorpe in York to hear plans for this year’s Thy Kingdom Come, which will take place from 10th–20th May.
One of the highlights from both events was the premier of a new film featuring Archbishop Justin Welby, his grandson Elijah and Brian Heasley, Director of 24/7 Prayer International.
In the film, Brian shares his powerful story of how he went from criminal to Christ follower, something which he credits to the persistent prayers of loved ones.
Thy Kingdom Come is a simple invitation to pray between Ascension and Pentecost for friends and family to come to faith. Now in its third year, participation has grown every year.
In 2016, 100,000 Christians pledged to pray. By 2017, more than half a million had pledged to pray from more than 85 countries including Ghana, the Netherlands, Malaysia, Cuba, South Africa, Australia, Korea, Japan and the Philippines, to name a few.
In the UK, in 2017 every diocese in the Church of England was involved. Many cathedrals took part, hosting ‘beacon’ events designed to focus prayers in towns and cities nationwide.
The campaign’s broad ecumenical appeal led to more than 50 denominations and traditions being involved last year; including the Roman Catholic Church, the Methodist Church and the Redeemed Christian Church of God.
The positive impact of Thy Kingdom Come 2017 continues to unfold as numerous stories of personal and communal transformation pour in from churches, families and whole communities alike.
This year also sees some digital developments, including a brand-new website and a Thy Kingdom Come devotional app created by leading Christian publishers SPCK. Both products will be translated into several languages, including Spanish, Korean and Swahili, and will be launched in time for Easter.
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, has said: “The business of being witnesses to Jesus Christ and of praying to be witnesses compels us to look into the world around us. It compels us to seek, to experience the compassion of God for a world caught up in lostness, in sin, but also in suffering and pain, in oppression of the poor, in cruelty, in abuse, in outrageous inequality, in all the things that go against the Kingdom of God.
“There is no limit to what the Kingdom of God does, and so the moment we start praying Thy Kingdom Come we look outwards.
“The Kingdom of God when we pray for the Kingdom to come, the Kingdom will transform individuals, the Kingdom transforms society, the Kingdom transforms the globe and the Kingdom transforms the cosmos.”
Emma Buchan, Project Manager of Thy Kingdom Come and the Archbishops’ Evangelism Task Group Project Leader, has said: “It is such a blessing to be involved with Thy Kingdom Come and what God is calling us to. I pray and hope that in some small way we can encourage individuals, families and churches to pray for people to come to know Jesus Christ... We are so excited to see what happens next.”
More information on Thy Kingdom Come 2018 is available here.
The Revd Richard Steel (Mission Team Leader) on plans for Thy Kingdom Come 2018 in the Diocese of Lincoln...
This year in our diocese, alongside the things that individual churches will be doing, we are encouraging people to come together for a joint event in their deanery, in a way works for them, because this fits with the whole ethos that the Archbishop is encouraging: “We do not try to tell people how to do things, we say pray in your way, in your community, your culture.”
Every parish will be getting a pack of the main resource materials prepared for this year, and the senior staff are making themselves available to be part of the deanery events. The Mission Team is available to help you with training and to point you towards resources. Please do get in touch via email.