Thy Kingdom Come which runs for the 11 days between Ascension Day and Pentecost is going to look different this year, due to the coronavirus pandemic, but there are still lots of easy ways you can get involved. #PrayerandCare – Encouraging all to see how they can show God’s love towards others, by praying and caring for them.
People in the diocese are finding new and exciting ways to join in; in Wells St Cuthbert’s and St Thomas’ have joined forces to create a daily online prayer walk – ‘Walk for Wells’. You can follow a new walk each day (apart from Sunday) on these Facebook pages St Cuthbert’s, St Thomas’s and Wells Cathedral.
Meanwhile in Ilminster and Chard Deanery a prayer wall already set up and well used throughout the lockdown, is going to be a focal point for Thy Kingdom Come. With restrictions in place many people are choosing to set up a prayer station in their own homes. Why not let us know what you are doing, share your photos on our Facebook page.
The national church has launched a Prayer Journal with reflections, Bible verses and actions, particularly suitable for young people, and the Family Prayer Adventure Map – which includes additional Augmented Reality bonus features that can be accessed through a new bespoke Family Prayer Adventure app.
Here are some great resources and ideas for families and churches to get involved at home:
24/7 Prayer / Continuous Prayer
Why not consider hosting a continuous virtual prayer event? It could be held for 24/1, 24/7 or 240 hours of prayer 24/10! You may wish to connect with other churches locally from different denominations or even connect with churches in different parts of the world. Have a look at the continuous prayer page here to enable and help you to plan this event.
Pray Together at regular times
Praying for people to come to know the love, hope and peace found in Christ is at the heart of Thy Kingdom Come. Could your church set up regular, daily patterns of prayer (via conference call or Zoom / Skype) to hold these people in prayer or adapt existing morning and evening prayer times to do so? Or quite simply, you could commit to saying the Lord’s Prayer at a particular time of day. The daily prayer resource which could help is available here.
Light up the World in Prayer
Jesus Christ is the light of the world and we are called to be the light of the world as we bear His image. Could you encourage as many Christians as possible in your town or village to commit to lighting up the world in prayer during these 11 days? On the Thy Kingdom Come website, there is a ‘Light up the world’ in prayer section with a whole suite of resources to equip you / your church to encourage others to pray and shine their light.
There are a number of digital resources to equip churches to participate in Thy Kingdom Come.
This includes the Prayer Journal with reflections, Bible verses and actions, particularly suitable for young people, and the Family Prayer Adventure Map – which includes additional Augmented Reality bonus features that can be accessed through a new bespoke Family Prayer Adventure app.
For more information visit the Thy Kingdom Come website
Short Zoom services for licensed clergy and Readers to mark Thy Kingdom Come are being hosted by Bishop Peter and Bishop Ruth. Six services of commitment will allow licensed clergy and Readers to hear from the Bishops, to pray and renew our commitment to God that God’s Kingdom may come. Each will last up to 30 minutes. Any questions please email firstname.lastname@example.org. The liturgy for the services is available to download below.