Historic Devon church at Arlington Court to launch Thy Kingdom Come 2019
An historic Devon church which no longer holds regular Sunday services has been chosen to host one of the key events for the Thy Kingdom Come 2019 global wave of prayer between Ascension Day (29 May) and Pentecost (9 June)
St James’ church on the National Trust’s Arlington Court Estate on Exmoor will be running a number of special treasure-themed activities on Sunday June 2.
Events will include a special communion service at 1130 led by the Bishop of Crediton, Rt Revd Jackie Searle. There will also be a craft tent for children, a family treasure hunt and community picnic.
The Vicar, Revd Rosie Austin, said: “St James Arlington no longer hosts a regular Sunday congregation, but comes alive in the summer with special services and community events.
“It welcomes thousands of visitors who pop in during their visit to Arlington Court, and it has become a place for people to engage with prayer in creative ways.
“We look forward to welcoming Bishop Jackie to pray with us for our communities, as we are reminded that prayer is a treasure for all to discover.
“And it’s exciting to think that even the smallest of church communities can host a beacon event such as this!”
The Revd Barry Dugmore, who is organising Thy Kingdom Come for the Diocese of Exeter, said: “I’m amazed at the sheer variety and creativity of local churches across Devon planning hundreds of events in their communities for ‘Thy Kingdom Come’ 2019.
“I’m really looking forward to being at this special Sunday launch event in Arlington.”