As Thy Kingdom Come 2019 draws near, the following article appeared in the March/April 2019 issue of Crosslincs...

Following on from the introductory article in our last issue, here we learn of some of the planned events and resources relating to this year’s Thy Kingdom Come...

Now in its fourth year, Thy Kingdom Come has united over a million Christians from more than 65 different denominations and traditions, in more than 114 countries, to pray for evangelisation. This annual event takes place between Ascension and Pentecost, which this year will be from Thursday, 30th May until Sunday, 9th June. An ecumenical prayer movement, in England Thy Kingdom Come has the support of the main heads of denominations and network leaders, including:

  • Archbishop Justin Welby – Archbishop of Canterbury and President of Churches Together in England (CTE)
  • Cardinal Vincent Nichols – Archbishop of Westminster and President of CTE
  • Archbishop Dr John Sentamu – Archbishop of York
  • His Eminence Archbishop Angaelos – Coptic Archbishop of London and President of CTE
  • The Revd Michaela Youngson – President of Methodist Conference (2018–19)
  • Gareth Powell – Secretary of Methodist Conference
  • The Revd Dr Hugh Osgood – Moderator of the Free Churches Group and President of CTE
  • The Revd Lynn Green – General Secretary of the Baptist Union of Great Britain
  • Pastor Agu Irukwu – Chair of Redeemed Christian Church of God UK and President of CTE
  • Nicky Gumbel (Vicar of HTB and pioneer of Alpha)
  • Pete Greig (founder of 24-7 Prayer)
  • Paul Harcourt (National Leader of NewWine)
  • Gavin Calver (Chair of Spring Harvest and Director of Mission at Evangelical Alliance).

During the 11 days, Christians will pray for people they know and love to come to faith in Christ (‘pray for five’), and for their communities. They will gather in small groups, as part of church congregations, in families or as individuals to pray. Churches will organise a variety of events and activities, some of them ecumenical, including prayer walking, 24/1 or 24/11 continuous prayer, prayer stations, and special services and Beacon events.

New developments set for this year include:

Trafalgar Square – on Pentecost Sunday there will be a celebration in central London to mark the end of Thy Kingdom Come 2019. Thousands of Christians are expected to gather for the service, which will include contributions from different denominations as well as attendance from high-profile Christian leaders, including Archbishop Justin Welby, bishop of London Dame Sarah Mullaly DBE and Cardinal Vincent Nichols. Worship on the day will include worship leader Matt Redman and the Kingdom Choir, who rose to fame as a result of their spectacular performance at the Royal Wedding.

New website – there will be a new website and there will be encouragement for Christians to ‘light up the world in prayer’. The website and an accompanying app will be ready in March/April.

New resources – resources will include a Novena, Morning and Evening Prayer, the Prayer Journal, plus a new family resource, the Family Prayer Adventure Map, which will be printed and distributed to schools.

New language additions – resources are available in eight languages, including two new additions for this year, Arabic and Urdu, in response to demand. More languages will be added this year, including Italian.

Lincoln Cathedral to host special Beacon event

As highlighted in the last issue of Crosslincs, a special Beacon event is planned for Lincoln Cathedral for Saturday, 8th June 2019. The event will run from 10am until 12.15pm, with an optional Eucharist at 12.30pm, and it will feature several groupings from around our diocese and include many different ways of praying.

In addition, and for the last half-hour, we will be gathering together for the official launch of the Community of St Hugh, our diocesan community of prayer. More details may be obtained by contacting John Leach on 01522 50 40 50 x4108 or via email.

A downloadable resource with top tips on how families, small groups and individuals can take part is available here.

A film featuring the Archbishop of Canterbury is available to view below:

A film featuring the Archbishop of York is available to view below:

A promotional film relating to Thy Kingdom Come 2019 is available to view below: