This is the third year that we have taken part in Thy Kingdom Come, the Archbishops’ call to people to pray for 10 days 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. This year the diocesan Mission Team will be supplying every parish with a pack of the main materials. One of these has a booklet full of ideas that you might want to think about. 

There will be opportunities to come together too. Last year we had a ‘Beacon Event’ in Lincoln Cathedral. This year the focus is more local, and we hope to see a series events around the deaneries, which will be supported by senior diocesan staff.

Archbishop Justin Welby shared his excitement at the launch in January: “This has to be of God. I cannot remember,” he said, “anything in my life I’ve been involved with where I have sensed so clearly the work of the Spirit.”

Last year it went global, and this year more and more Christians from other denominations are taking part. Are you talking with other local churches to see what you might do together to pray for your communities? What happens at the local level is key. As the Archbishop says: “We do not try to tell people how to do things, we say pray in your way, in your community, your culture.”

Many resources are downloadable for free, with printed versions also available, and these may be found on the Thy Kingdom Come website.

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.

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