This Year’s Theme: Fields of Gold
‘Fields of Gold’ Matthew 13.44-46
Jesus speaks about the Kingdom of God being like treasure in a field; so precious that a man sold everything he had in order to gain it; or like a merchant who had seen a precious pearl who sold all he had in order to possess it.
As followers of Jesus we have encountered and discovered this treasure or precious pearl.
- How might we grow in our appreciation of the treasure of God’s Kingdom?
- Who or what represent precious pearls or treasure in our communities? Where is God already at work?
- Who are those we share community with who do not yet know Jesus? How can we share with them that they are a treasure or precious pearl in God’s eyes?
- Who is God putting on our hearts to pray for or invite on a journey of exploring faith in Jesus?
How can our prayers and prayer events in TKC 2019 take us on a ‘treasure hunt’ into God’s harvest fields of Gold?
In our planning for this year we have been asked for Prayer boxes again. So we have produced Treasure chest and Precious pearl prayer boxes for download:
You can use them in any setting. There are blank templates for arty types to doodle and make more bespoke. You could even fill them with sweets to give out at your prayer event?
A variety of prayer resources (free) are currently being ordered and will be available to pick up from The Old Deanery, St Marks Plymouth, St John the Baptist Newport Barnstaple, and other locations to be confirmed.
It’s still not too late sign up to the free ‘Inspire and Enable’ event on Friday March 29 (10.30am -12.30pm) at St Michael & All Angels, Alphington, Exeter – A free TKC resource pack is available to every participant & lunch provided too!
You’ll need to book using this link:
A number of ‘local champions’ across Devon will help energise, promote and network locally with us and other denominations to encourage prayer events in our communities.
Beacon Event – Pentecost Sunday: 9 June at 6.30pm
On Pentecost Sunday, Exeter Cathedral will be hosting our Diocesan beacon celebration and prayer event. It will be an amazing gathering for hundreds of people of all ages from across Devon – We’d love you to be part of it and to bring your treasure chest of prayers as a symbol of your church/ local community and the on-going work and prayer for God’s Kingdom across Devon.
There will be a number of prayer spaces around the cathedral – If your mission community/deanery would like to host a space please let me know as soon as possible.
Some ideas to get you thinking, planning and praying for your own TKC 2019 events!
- Prayer spaces in schools, Thy Kingdom Come 2019 Briefing for Schools. Contact: Tatiana Wilson.
- Prayer spaces in local churches.
- Prayer benches in church yards and parks – this was a big hit last year!
- Messy church prayer events – on-line resources available from Messy Church website.
- Prayer request boxes in cafés / pubs / local charity shops / gathering places / Parent toddler groups / Messy church gatherings / Youth groups – other places where we are ‘present’ as church in C.A.P centres, Food banks.
- Have a Prayer walk around your local community.
- Hold a 24 – 7 type event (or 12 or 24 hours of prayer events) / Prayer vigil.
- Use the Novena prayer resource available on the Thy Kingdom Come website or your own.
- Offer prayer on your local high street streets / Community spaces / Why not set up a Prayer ‘white board’ on streets if your church is located with an on-the-street presence or host other prayer events.
- TKC Prayer postcards packs for praying at home or in schools: We will let you know when these are available (A free diocesan resource).
Be creative – we’d love to hear from you!
Love South West might also inspire your church community and form part of your Thy Kingdom Come 2019 planning.
Resources on-line and available for purchase
Resources – Follow this link to find out more, see the impact information in more detail, sign up for videos, other free resources and those which you can purchase: https://www.thykingdomcome.global/
CPO offer a wide range of Thy Kingdom Come resources https://www.cpo.org.uk/thykingdomcome
For more information, email the Revd Barry Dugmore or tel: on 01392 294920.