Thy Kingdom Come 2021

This year's Thy Kingdom Come will happen from 13th - 23rd May, Ascension Day to Pentecost.

The team are aware of the great challenges faced by so many over the last year and have have developed the resources to be a real help to the church in the current times. This year there are resources for all ages that work for a gathered, online, and/or hybrid approach, for use in churches, schools or in the home. They also have a huge giveaway to resource the local church and hope that whatever your age, tradition or denomination that there are resources that will spiritually nourish and encourage all.

As Thy Kingdom Come draws closer, here are five simple ways your church can be involved:
  1. Host a virtual prayer room- inspired by the Upper Room in the book of Acts, sign up and unite your congregation in continuous prayer, from 12/1 or 24/7.
  2. Host an outdoor Pentecost Celebration Service.
  3. Prayer walking - why not consider praying around your local community?
  4. Host a Cheeky Pandas family service - why not host a special service using the cheeky pandas resources including video series, songs and prayer booklets?
  5. Beautiful and inspirational prayer resources for you congregation – give away the Prayer Journal (written by Archbishop Stephen Cottrell), Novena or Family Prayer Map to help all journey through these 11 days of prayer

Here is more information about the resources:

Thy Kingdom Come 2021 overarching promo video – ‘Resources for all ages’ 

We have produced a short promotional video outlining our key resources for this year’s Thy Kingdom Come.

From age 3 to 103, we have resources for all ages:

  • The Cheeky Pandas (11 part series & accompanying resources)-  for children aged 3 and over
  • 11 Video Youth reflections produced in partnership with the Archbishop of York’s Youth Trust and an Escape Room
  • The Prayer Journal, written by Archbishop Stephen Cottrell
  • The Novena – Praying the Psalms from Ascension to Pentecost (A large print version is also available)

 

Here is the link to the promo video. Please feel free to share in your networks / on your social media platforms.

Cheeky Pandas - Episode one

This year, our flagship family resource is the Cheeky Pandas.

Our hope and prayer is that this resource would be a real blessing to churches, schools and families, inspiring children on their faith journey.

Here is the first FULL episode and accompanying resources including the accompanying church service outline, activity pack and prayer booklets.

We are encouraging churches to consider sharing this episode with their congregation from April 11Th onwards.

We will also be sharing an exclusive episode of the Cheeky Pandas every Sunday, at 4pm, from the 11th April onwards on our YouTube and Facebook pages, until Thy Kingdom Come begin.

More details to follow.

Free Resources giveaway for Churches

They are giving away 100,000 copies of this year’s Prayer Journal, written by Archbishop Stephen Cottrell and the printed Digital Family Prayer Adventure Map for children. Only need to pay for P & P.

For more information, visit: www.cpo.org.uk/ThyKingdomCome

How to run #ThyKingdomCome in the local church:

On April 12th, Thy Kingdom Come will be hosting a webinar on the various ways churches can practically participate in their local contexts.

The sessions will be run by Canon Jean Kerr. Please feel free to share this with your networks.

To sign up, visit:  Webinar Registration - Zoom

 

NB Resources from previous years (such as Journey with Mary, Morning and Evening prayer and a library of over 200 videos for use online)  are all still avaialble at the Thy Kingdom Come Global web site


Resources for the recovery phase of the pandemic

CPAS has produced a wide range of free resources to enable church leaders to lead their congregations and communities through the recovery phase of the pandemic. There is a pre-recorded Webinar to watch and a selection of resources to download.


Other Courses

Have you ever had a conversation which changed your life?

One of those moments where you glimpsed a different way of seeing the world? Perhaps you connected with someone else or a group of people at a profound level, even if just briefly, and something new, even unexpected, came out of the connectedness between those people on that day in that place and at that time?

A new resource from CMS to enable “creative conversations is now available on the Church Mission Society Resource Hub – aimed at helping people create space for such encounters and to make the most of them when they happen.  FREE to download.

The Character Course

The Character Course, is an 8-week small group programme for churches with a psychological twist. Developed by Dr Roger Bretherton from the University of Lincoln, it brings together the most up-to-date psychology with ancient biblical wisdom. It covers key themes of Christian discipleship: learning, hope, love, forgiveness, gratitude, humour, persistence and curiosity.  

 

The website has everything you need to run it: videos, leader notes, scripts and handouts. All free to download. It’s designed for small groups, but you can complete it however you like: alone or in a group, live or online. 

Faith at Home

This is a new national campaign that builds on the work of Growing Faith and Everyday Faith to support the faith development and pastoral care of children and young people.  “The Growing Faith Adventure is a call for the renewal of hearts and minds so that it becomes second nature to include and value children, young people and households in every aspect of church life for the lifelong formation of faith in the whole of life.”

If you are a parent, a church leader, or work in a school there are resources for you.

Wellbeing

When you can meet physically again you might like to make a note of Table Talk for Wellbeing - the latest release in the Table Talk range from The Ugly Ducking Company

This card-based game to encourage discussion is based on the '5 Ways to Wellbeing', a set of evidence-based actions which promote people’s wellbeing.  Each of the themes in this pack is based around one of these five areas.  The sixth set uses pictures to depict different emotions, to help people talk about how they are feeling. It is available for pre-order now.   

We also have other Table Talk games in the diocesan Resource Room. Please contact Richard Steel if you want to know more