Prayer initiative "Thy kingdom come"

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What is it?

Thy Kingdom Come is a global prayer movement that began in the Church of England in 2016. The Archbishop of Canterbury is inviting people around the world to join the movement, and the Methodist Church of Britain has become a partner in the initiative. The World Methodist Council is also encouraging Methodists across the world to take part.

The aim of Thy Kingdom Come is that Christians pray that people might know Jesus Christ during a focused time between Ascension and Pentecost from 10 — 20 May 2018.

The hope is that:

  • People will commit to pray with God's world-wide family — as a church, individually or as a family
  • Churches will hold prayer events, such as 24-7 prayer, prayer stations and prayer walks, across the UK and in other parts of the world
  • People will be transformed through prayer by the Holy Spirit, finding new confidence to be witnesses for Jesus Christ

The invitation is simply for people to pray in whatever way they want, with whoever they want and wherever they can, that others might know Jesus Christ.

To take part, you can:

Doors will open at 2.30 and, as well as refreshments, you will find people there to 'show and tell' what Methodists have been doing for this season of prayer in their local areas. At 4 pm we begin the family-friendly Celebration Event and we hope lots of people will be there from our circuit. We are excited that Sanya Strachan is coming to speak, that Helen Cameron will be with us, and that the event is planned so that all ages can celebrate and join in prayer together.

A huge range of helpful resources are available to resource individuals, families, and churches wishing to engage with the initiative. Our District is supplying a copy of the Methodist booklet, "Waiting in Wonder" for each member, and these will be distributed through our churches later in April. There are also materials to download on prayer, liturgical resources, Novena booklets, packs on helping families pray together, details of prayer events, and tips on organising local events.

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