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.
Below, watch the Right Reverend David Williams, Bishop of Basingstoke, introduce the cycle of prayer and the Beacon Event in 2016.
Thy Kingdom Come 2016
In the nine days leading up to Pentecost, people from around the Diocese of Winchester participated in this national prayer initiative. Hampshire churches pioneered a variety of creative new approaches to prayer, these included prayer walks, continuous prayer and innovative ideas to involve the wider community in worship. To find out more about some of the creative prayer ideas from parishes across the Diocese please read this news article, published in anticipation of the events. These were inspired by a call from the Archbishops of Canterbury and York for “a great wave of prayer across our land, throughout the Church of England and many other Churches”. Watch the video below to see some of the participants in Thy Kingdom Come discuss how prayer has transformed their lives.
Watch the video below to see images from some of the prayer stations and events that took place across the Diocese in the lead up to Pentecost.
Pentecost Beacon Event
The event at Winchester Cathedral was led by Bishop David, and featured sung worship with Matt Redman and prayer led by Carla Harding from 24-7 Prayer. To read more about the Winchester Cathedral Beacon Event click here. To see an album of photographs from the Beacon click here.
Archbishop Justin delivered a message to all the Beacons taking part by live video link. In the video below, he discusses the power of prayer and the continuing appeal of the Lord’s Prayer.
For 2017 the vision is even bigger.To find out more visit Thy Kingdom Come 2017.