Thy Kingdom Come 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. The hope is that:
people will commit to pray with God’s world-wide family – as a church, individually or in other groups;
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 empowered through prayer by the Holy Spirit, finding new confidence to be witnesses for Jesus Christ.
Here at Christ Church, we are responding to this call in the following ways
Daily Prayer in Jacob’s Well (or wherever you are – details in the table below) – 7.00 am, 12 noon, 7.00 pm
From 25 May to 3 June, we will be praying three times a day – each half hour will focus on a different sphere of life or church outreach. There will be people in Jacob’s Well at these times – however, we know that many people will be away or otherwise unable to come to Jacob’s Well during this time: please still answer the call to prayer wherever you are. Each day, we will be sending out a ‘Daniel’s Windows’ bible reflection to help us focus.
Wednesday 24 May
We suggest that it would be good for us all to fast in some way on this day, as we prepare to pray for family, friends, neighbours and colleagues to come to know Jesus Christ.
Thursday 25 May (Ascension Day) – the Launch
7.00 am Launch – Prayer Breakfast focusing on politics and the General Election
7.00 pm Prayer Walking around Clifton
[small groups meeting this week are encouraged to prayer walk their own communities]
Sunday 28 May – Sunrise Prayer over the City / Half Night of Prayer
5.00 am Sunrise Prayer over the City at the Clifton Observatory - more details here.
8.00 am Communion at the 8
10.00 am Prayer Sunday Gathering at the 10
5.00 pm the 5 – leading into a half night of continuous prayer and worship til 11.00 pm
Sunday 4 June (Pentecost) – the Close
the 10: A focus on evangelism and further prayer for our witness and for people to come to faith
“You will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you will be my witnesses … to the ends of the earth.” When he had said this … he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight … Then they returned to Jerusalem … and were constantly devoting themselves to prayer … When the day of Pentecost had come they were all together in one place … All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit … and that day about three thousand persons were added.” (Acts 1 & 2)
In praying 'Thy Kingdom Come' we all commit to playing our part in the renewal of the nations and the transformation of communities (Archbishop Justin Welby)