Thy Kingdom Come 2022
Thy Kingdom Come is a global prayer movement which the Archbishop of Canterbury is inviting people around the world to join. The wave of prayer will start on May 26 2022 and run for 10 days between the Christian festivals of Ascension and Pentecost.
26th May – 5th June – Ways to get involved
Jesus encouraged us to pray for God’s Kingdom to come. Every year for the 11 days from Ascension to Pentecost, Christians across the world do just that. The Archbishops of Canterbury and York have written to invite all Christians in every worshipping community to pray and specifically ask everyone to pray by name for 5 people to come to faith in Jesus Christ.
The archbishops are encouraging churches to include a short act of commissioning in services on 22 May in which Thy Kingdom Come can be introduced and the different ways of participating explained. Here is a link to some possible liturgy.
For the last two years we have covered the whole period of TKC in 24/7 prayer. This year we are adding some extra features:
1.An hour’s slot can be on zoom or in person. You can sign up for a slot but host a physical gathering rather than do it via zoom. Or host a hybrid time with some people in person and others on zoom.
2. Open times of prayer. At 12pm each day we are hoping that those booking the slot would be willing to host an hour that anyone from across the Diocese will be able to attend.
Please sign up for one of the 232 slots here
If you would be willing to be available to be on call for a 24 hour slot to rescue anyone who needs tech support, please do email me.
South West Awake 10.30am on Saturday 4 June
Last year around 3000 people prayed along the South West Coast Path. This year, on Saturday 4 June, we are encouraging people to gather not only around the whole South West Coast Path but also on high places across the SW to pray. You can choose a place to pray and sign up here – www.southwestawake.com. There will be prayer resources available.
Over recent years, churches have created interactive prayer spaces both inside and outside their buildings. They have ranged from prayer trees to trails, ribbons on church railings to cairns of stones. It could be a prayer space in the churchyard or church. It could be a prayer activity for children or all ages. In fact it could be anything which helps people to pray or gets people praying.
The Cheeky Panda Story book is designed to help children and families consider the faithfulness of our God who loves us. 500,000 copies will be given away via churches and schools to families, friends and neighbours. There is no postage to pay, and you can order as many as you need, from individual copies to boxes for your church or school! The books are paperback, 16 pages, and the same size as a Mr Man book. The book is linked to one of the five animated ‘Cheeky Pandas’ TV episodes on the Fruit of the Spirit. The TV series will be released online, alongside activity packs and collective worship resources. Order here.
There will be more Cheeky Pandas resources available this year including a new 5 part animation series, Assembly and Sunday School plans, activity packs and music videos to sing along too. Resources will also be made available for those with additional needs including BSL versions of the animation series. All will be available at www.thykingdomcome.global
This video about how to creatively pray with children using fruit and veg is well worth a watch.
If you would like more information about Thy Kingdom Come children resources please email Clare Cooke.
This year Archbishop Justin has created a Novena and a Prayer Journal for personal prayer and reflection. People can download them via the links or Mission Communities or Deaneries can order physical copies and simply pay for the postage.
If you’d like to help with organising TKC or have any questions, please do get in touch with James Grier, our Mission Enabler, firstname.lastname@example.org