Local churches organise 1,000 prayer events for global wave of prayer
Churches are joining a global wave of prayer in the coming weeks in response to a call from the Archbishop of Canterbury to get together to pray “Come, Holy Spirit!”
Over 1,000 prayer events are expected to take place across the Diocese of Winchester as part of the wave of prayer. Inspired by the simple, powerful words of the Lord’s Prayer, the ‘Thy Kingdom Come’ wave of prayer will begin on 10th May and culminate at a special Pentecost service in Winchester Cathedral on 20th May.
Christians from all denominations will be getting involved in the prayer marathon. As well as Anglican congregations, Catholic, Methodist, United Reformed, Baptist, Pentecostal and other church groups will be among more than 400 churches participating in ‘Thy Kingdom Come’ across Hampshire and East Dorset.
The Diocese of Winchester has responded enthusiastically to this global movement, with Hampshire and East Dorset churches pioneering a variety of creative new approaches to prayer. Many, with the help of local people and school children, are taking prayer outside, going out onto local high streets and into coffee shops offering to pray with people in the community.
Commenting on this unique wave of worship, the Right Reverend Tim Dakin, Bishop of Winchester, said:
“At Pentecost we ask God to send his Holy Spirit to help us speak about the powerful works of God. Thy Kingdom Come is about Christians from every church coming together in a celebration of praise and worship to pray for God’s Kingdom to come.
“Now in its third year, Thy Kingdom Come is continuing to have a huge impact and it is inspiring to see the way people across our region have embraced the spirit and passion of this global call to prayer. There are over a 1000 prayer events taking place in villages, towns and cities throughout the region, and I would encourage everyone to find out what’s happening near them and take part.”
Some of the prayer events taking place as part of the wave of prayer include:
Prayer in the Square – Bishopstoke
Throughout Hampshire, churches are organising prayer events, which will take place every day in the period between Ascension and Pentecost. In Bishopstoke, local churchgoers will be erecting a gazebo in the village square, offering locals and passers-by the opportunity to take part in prayer. Prayer in the Square will be taking place every day, Monday to Friday, with a range of prayer activities on offer for people of all ages.
Prayer and a Pint
In The Worthys and Upper Dever church communities local pubs will also be hosting prayer meetings each day throughout the period of prayer, bringing prayer into places and to people where it might not normally be expected. People taking part will have a beer, chat and pray for what is discussed or has been requested.
Mini-pilgrimage – Breamore
The Avon Valley Partnership will be hosting a series of prayer events during Thy Kingdom Come. This will include a mini-pilgrimage to the Miz-Maze on Saturday May 12th. Following prayers at Breamore church, people taking part in the mini-pilgrimage will walk to the Miz-Maze, bringing prayer outside and praying in creative ways.
In a number of parishes, congregations will be coming together to hold a week of continuous prayer in collaboration with 24/7 Prayer. In Bentley Church there will be a prayer room set aside for continuous prayer. Members of the congregation have signed up for prayer slots throughout the week, meaning the prayer room will be hosting continuous prayer 24/7. Likewise, at Ascension Church, Bitterne Park Parish, Christians will be holding continuous prayer in the church throughout the week leading up to Pentecost. While at St Swithun’s Church, Bournemouth, they are holding fifty days of prayer, with members of the church having prayed continuously throughout the day from Easter day, culminating on Pentecost on 20th May.
Find out more about Thy Kingdom Come and to get involved with what’s happening near where you live.
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