This year, 2019, will be the fourth year that we have taken part in Thy Kingdom Come, the Archbishops’ call to people to pray for the 10 days (May 30th to June 9th) between Ascension and Pentecost.

Parishes have done some very creative things in previous years, including opening the church for special prayer events, prayer walks, 24/7 prayer and much more. You can read about some of these in past issues of Crosslincs magazine.

There is also a 'Light up the World' webpage where you can add details of your own prayer event and watch the light spread through the darkness. Log you event here.

His Holiness Pope Francis has also given his support for Thy Kingdom Come. He said: "And to you my brothers and sisters, along with my brother, Justin Welby, we want to tell you that we walk alongside you in this prayer - Thy Kingdom Come." The message was recorded on the Archbishop's phone by the Pope's translator during a recent visit by the Archbishop to the Vatican. In it they talk about the growing number of Christians around the world taking part in Thy Kingdom Come. The video can be found here.

Resources are available on the Thy Kingdom Come website.

These include:

A customisable promotional video with six templates available for you to choose from

A Prayer Journal 

Novena

Journey with Mary

Common Worship Daily Prayer 

A Family Prayer Adventure Map Front

A Family Prayer Adventure Map Back

Members of the clergy should have received a sample pack of the resources available at the Chrism Eucharist but if you would like some more the mission team have a supply of some of the leaflets. Please contact Marie Isaac, Mission and Ministry Team Administrator on 01522 50 40 22.

If you have any questions or you would like any help, please contact Richard Steel, Mission Team Leader, by e-mail or call 01522 50 40 30.

The Thy Kingdom Come app

An app is also available on Google Play and on Apple phones via the App Store. This will guide you through the 11 days from Ascension to Pentecost. The app includes daily Bible readings; video reflections; podcast series from World-renowned theologian Tom Wright and Family podcast series. The resources are available in eight different languages. 

Feedback from last year

In 2018 Archbishop Justin Welby expressed his excitement at the launch of Thy Kingdom Come: “This has to be of God. I cannot remember anything in my life I’ve been involved with where I have sensed so clearly the work of the Spirit.”

A short film, showing some of the things that happened around the world as part of Thy Kingdom Come 2018, may be viewed here: YouTube Video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AhRorUNyMCI

A series of short films were produced to coincide with Thy Kingdom Come 2018. Links to these films appear below: