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Archbishop of Canterbury to preach at Beacon celebration at Winchester Cathedral

The Right Reverend David Williams, Bishop of Basingstoke, has today announced that the Most Reverend Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury, will be joining Christians of all denominations in Hampshire for a special Beacon event at Winchester Cathedral on Sunday 4th June.

The Most Reverend Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury, with the Right Reverend David Williams, Bishop of Basingstoke

This event will be the culmination of a ‘wave of prayer’ across the country, part of ‘Thy Kingdom Come’, an opportunity for Christians from across the world to sign up and join in prayer for the nine days between the Christian feasts of Ascension and Pentecost (25th May – 4th June).

Archbishop Justin will join Christians from across Hampshire and East Dorset at a celebratory event at Winchester Cathedral. This is one of 21 Beacon events taking place across the country, which will unite Christians at the end of their time in prayer. The event is open to people of all Christian denominations and none. Last year a similar event in Winchester was attended by over 3,000 participants, and tickets for this year’s event have already proved popular.

Announcing Archbishop Justin’s involvement in the event at Winchester Cathedral, Bishop David said:

“I am absolutely thrilled to welcome the Archbishop to our own Beacon event in Winchester. Christians from many different churches are going to come. As a Diocese we have embraced the spirit and passion of this global call to prayer, and this event will be the final celebration of nine days of prayers and events across our region. I encourage everyone to try to attend an event near where they live, or to come and join us at Winchester Cathedral on 4th June.”

Bishop David is on the national steering group coordinating Thy Kingdom Come across the UK and around the world. Thy Kingdom Come, now in its second year, is a global prayer movement, which invites Christians around the world to pray between Ascension and Pentecost for more people to come to know Jesus Christ. 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.

Commenting on his role at Winchester Cathedral, Archbishop Justin said:

“I am very much looking forward to joining with all those gathering at Winchester Cathedral next month. I am deeply heartened and encouraged to hear of the many churches who are participating. When we get together to pray ‘Come, Holy Spirit’ there is no imagining what can happen!”