‘I cannot remember in my life anything that I’ve been involved in where I have sensed so clearly the work of the Spirit.’ (Archbishop Justin Welby)
Thy Kingdom Come is a global prayer movement, which invites Christians around the world to pray during the Thy Kingdom Come Novena of prayer for 9 days between Ascension and Pentecost (25th May – 4th June). Praying for people to come to know Jesus Christ and the coming of the Holy Spirit. What started out as an invitation from the Archbishops of Canterbury and York in 2016 to the Church of England, has grown into an international and ecumenical call to prayer. The wave of prayer will culminate with celebration events on Pentecost around the country. To book tickets to the Beacon Event taking place at Winchester Cathedral on 4th June, click here.
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. The call is also going out across the globe, and Archbishop Justin Welby is urging every part of the worldwide Anglican Communion to be involved. ‘This is a Christian thing, not an Anglican thing’ (Archbishop Justin Welby)
The Diocese of Winchester is responding to Thy Kingdom Come in four ways:
Between Ascension and Pentecost (25 May – 4 June) there will be prayer events of all shapes and sizes across the region. If you sign up to #Pledge2Pray the team will keep in touch and inspire you. For a wealth of resources and further information on what’s happening locally click here.
Tents on the Green (2-4 June) is a partnership between Winchester Cathedral, Tent on the Green and Churches Together in Winchester and during the Pentecost weekend there will be a festival of Tents on the Green, with 48 hours of worship music, involving a worship vigil through the Friday & Saturday nights inside the Cathedral. There will be a youth tent, and a families tent for those with children – along with the Bouncy Cathedral and extra activities on the Saturday. To find out more click here.
The wave of prayer will culminate with a celebration in Winchester Cathedral on Pentecost Sunday on 4th June. The gathering at Winchester Cathedral will be just one of several Beacon events taking place in cathedrals up and down the country and across the globe. The Beacon event will be an opportunity for Christians in the Diocese to gather together with others at all stages of life and faith to worship Jesus, be empowered by the Holy Spirit, and pray that others will come to know Him. Bishop David and Carla Harding (24-7 Prayer) will be hosting the event with worship led by Neil Bennetts and band. To find out more click here. Book tickets here.
During the Beacon Event in Winchester Cathedral on Pentecost Sunday, Christians will be commissioned to go out and share the love of Jesus in word and deed where they live and work. They will be encouraged to seek ways to be the answer to the prayers and commitments they have made during the global wave of prayer as part of Thy Kingdom Come 2017. During the service we will also be highlighting a number of specific mission initiatives, to commission those involved and to pray for their fruitfulness. To find out more click here.
If you’re on social media, you can find out more about Thy Kingdom Come on the Diocesan Twitter stream or Facebook page (both called @CofEWinchester). Please help to spread the word, and find out how other people are joining in, using the hashtags #thykingdomcome and #pledge2pray.