CAPTION: There are plans to have people praying along the entire South West coast path in June

Thy Kingdom Come 2021 Plan to Pray the South West Coast Path

Posted: 20th April, 2021

The Church of England in Devon is joining other churches in the county in an attempt to have people praying along every mile of the whole South West Coast path on the same day at the same time.

The socially distant  “chain of prayer and praise” on 19 June at 10.30 is being organised by South West Awake.

It is part of Thy Kingdom Come, when Christians across the world set aside the days between Ascension Day and Pentecost Sunday to pray for people to discover faith in God.

The Bishop of Exeter, the Right Reverend Robert Atwell, said “This is a fantastic initiative and opportunity for people from across the region to surround the South West in prayer.

“What a delight to praise God in places of such natural beauty and wonder and pray for this glorious peninsular of England.”

Churches and individuals can book a section of coastal path to pray on here.

The Diocese of Exeter is also re-opening its 24/7 Zoom Prayer Room after its success last year.

Over 500 people participated from across Devon and spectrum of church traditions.

A few churches took on a whole night or block during the 10 day period. One lady prayed for 10-hour slots across the time.

“A fantastic initiative and opportunity”

People can now sign-up for a slot for the Thy Kingdom Come 2021 Zoom Prayer Room.

Participants can pray on their own, as a church group or home group or join in with others. Sign up for a slot here 

The South West Coast Path covers 630 miles across Cornwall, Devon, Somerset and Dorset

The Rev’d Prebendary James Grier, Diocese of Exeter Mission Enabler, said “At the heart of Christian life has always been prayer. In the last year many have found themselves praying like never before.

“Christians believe that prayer not only offers solace but also changes things.

“For the last 5 years, churches around the world have set aside the days between Ascension Day and Pentecost Sunday to pray for people to discover faith in God and his love for them.”

Thy Kingdom Come also has resources available for children featuring the Cheeky Pandas worship band.

They include a free 11-part video series, with songs, animated stories, prayer and interviews with special guests including Bear Grylls and Gemma Hunt.

You can download the first episode, accompanying activity pack and family service outline here

Each episode will premier via Facebook and YouTube channels each Sunday at 4pm from 25 April and during Thy Kingdom Come in May.

Another resource for young people include 11 Video Youth reflections.

For adults, resources include ‘The Prayer Journal’, written by Archbishop Stephen Cottrell and ‘The Novena – Praying the Psalms from Ascension to Pentecost’.

Access Thy Kingdom Come resources here.