In 2016 the Archbishops of Canterbury and York invited parishes across England to join a great wave of prayer between Ascension and Pentecost.
This time of prayer culminated in six national ‘Beacon Events’ over Pentecost weekend, and one of these events took place at Winchester Cathedral. People within the Diocese and throughout the country joined together to pray for the renewal of the Church by the Holy Spirit and for greater confidence to share the Gospel.
For 2017 the vision is even bigger. The Presidents of Churches Together in England are joining with the Archbishop of Canterbury and York to make the call to churches of all denominations in England, and Archbishop Justin Welby is sending out the call to every part of the worldwide Anglican Communion, and the World Methodist Council to Methodist Churches worldwide.
The three aims are:
- To join in prayer with the whole family of God the Father
- To pray for the empowering of God the Holy Spirit
- That we may be effective witnesses to God the Son, Jesus Christ.
Watch Archbishop Justin introduce Thy Kingdom Come 2017
The Revd Canon Mark Collinson, Canon Principal of the School of Mission, will be coordinating Thy Kingdom Come 2017 for the Diocese of Winchester, however each stage will be overseen by individuals as shown below:
If you would like to get involved in any of these events in 2017 then please contact the organiser responsible by clicking on their name below.
- Novena of Prayer – Sarah Lloyd
- Tents on the Green – Sally Dakin
- Beacon Cathedral Service – Bishop David
- Mission Action – Phil Dykes
A Creative Prayer Ecumenical Workshop took place on 15th February at Winchester Cathedral’s Wessex Learning Centre, to share ideas for the Novena of Prayer. All the photos from the day are available here, and useful materials and resources from the workshop will be available shortly. The programme for the workshop is available here: Creative Prayer Ecumenical Workshop programme. For further details please contact Sarah Lloyd.
For more information and resources please explore the following sites:
- For useful information on how you can get involved take a look at the Guide to How You Can Take Part.
- A range of resources for Thy Kingdom Come 2017 is available to view and download here
These include ideas to help you pray as an individual, with your family and as a church.
- Please click here to #Pledge2Pray as an individual, with your family or as a church. Sign up and let us know what’s happening in your area.
- Archbishop Justin’s introductory video is available to download here: https://vimeo.com/181913904
- Get involved with Thy Kingdom Come on social media by clicking here
- Thy Kingdom Come Prayer Novena diocese-wide news, events and resources: www.thykingdomcomeprayer.co.uk
- Thy Kingdom Come 2016 website: http://2016.thykingdom.co.uk
- For more information and to sign up to WhoCares? Hampshire please visit: https://www.whocareshampshire.org/
To find out more about what happened in the Diocese of Winchester in 2016, visit Thy Kingdom Come 2016
Watch the Presidents of Churches Together in England explain why they’re uniting behind Thy Kingdom Come 2017: