Thy Kingdom Come has come and gone… The 10 days of prayer were a great opportunity to encourage all sorts of people to consider prayer. Lots of parishes and benefices ran events and regular morning prayer meetings and prayer activities.
Richard Wilson, Rural Dean of Bath reports back from the Bath Abbey event on Ascension Day.
He says, “It was a packed house on Ascension evening when Bath Abbey hosted a beacon event for the beginning of Thy Kingdom Come. Filling the nave right to the back, hundreds came to worship, pray and be inspired to share their faith more confidently. The Revd Simon Ponsonby spoke movingly about the ‘beautiful gospel’ and Bishop Ruth shared stories of how prayer changed lives.
“Passionate worship was interspersed with periods of prayer and commitment and everyone left with a bracelet to help them keep five people at the top of their minds. It was such a joyful evening!
“One person said, ‘I heard the music from outside and was drawn in. It was amazing. I will be in Australia for Pentecost so I will be finishing the Thy Kingdom Come initiative at my home church. It was so wonderful to share in this service across the world!”
Wells Cathedral event
James Fox-Robinson, Prayer and Spirituality Adviser reports back from Wells Cathedral.
“The diocese had two art installations based at the Cathedral. A prayer labyrinth that was outside the West front and attracted many people into conversations and over 100 people took the opportunity to walk the journey of prayer. The south transept of the cathedral was home to a fabulous installation where people could prayer about world events and write on leaves that were stapled to ribbons representing a stream coming from the Saxon font. We’re already thinking about next year and it would be great to hear more stories of what you did for Thy Kingdom Come in your area…”
Chris Burman, Head Teacher of Brent Knoll Primary reports back on their morning walk up Brent Knoll on Ascension Day.
“On Thursday morning, the 10th May, a group of just over one hundred pupils, parents and staff from Brent Knoll Primary and Churchfield Primary walked up Brent Knoll to celebrate Ascension Day.
“Following the twenty minute walk, which offers terrific views of the Bristol Channel, the Quantocks and Mendip hills, there was a short service at the top led by the Rev Sharon Crossman, vicar of Highbridge. On the way back, everyone stopped off for breakfast at St. Michael’s Church.
“This is the third year the children of Brent Knoll have made this walk. It was lovely, however, to be joined by another local school and hopefully next year we can make the outing even bigger.”