Thy Kingdom Come under lockdown

Thy Kingdom Come is the Archbishop of Canterbury’s global prayer initiative that invites Christians around the world to pray from Ascension to Pentecost for more people to come to know Jesus. It started in 2016 in the UK and has since grown massively to see Christians from 172 countries took part in 2019 praying ‘Come Holy Spirit’, so that friends and family, neighbours and colleagues might come to faith in Jesus Christ.

Like many things, Coronavirus has changed the plans for Thy Kingdom Come 2020, but the vision is still the same, to see more people come to know Jesus.

Below is a  bit more information about Thy Kingdom Come 2020, with more information about how you can get involved at home as individuals, as families, and how you can get involved with other members of the Church family.

5 ways to take part in #ThyKingdom Come for individuals

1. The Prayer Journal

Why not download this year’s prayer journal featuring Charlie Mackesy’s beautiful illustration of ‘the Prodigal Son’ on the front cover?  Full of beautiful reflections, Bible readings & prayers, it also includes an ‘action’ section – with ideas of how to care for those you are praying for.

2. Prayer and Care

Order this prayer and care pack filled with prayer resources, goodies and creative ways to pray during the 11 days.

It also includes a number of ideas of how you can demonstrate the love and care of Christ for those you are praying for during Thy Kingdom Come, or even as a witness to your wider community.

3. Journey with Mary

Download this beautiful devotional journeying with Mary, from the Ascension to Pentecost, praying for a fresh outpouring of the Holy Spirit.

4. Pray for 5!

Praying for 5 people to come to know the love of Christ, is at the heart of Thy Kingdom Come. There are plenty of ideas here!

5. The App

This year’s app will be available in the next few days. The award-winning app is full of the daily videos, Bible readings, reflections, podcasts from Professor NT Wright and a special section for your ‘Pray for 5’.  Download the Apple version here and the Android version here.

*All resources for delivery can be ordered here.

Additionally, why not listen to the new hymn written especially for Thy Kingdom 2020. It is titled Thy Kingdom Come, is set to the melody of Tell Out My Soul and can be viewed below

5 ways to take part in #ThyKingdomCome as a family

1. Family Prayer Adventure Map & Podcast

Print the Family Prayer Adventure Map and download a special augmented reality app to bring the map to life!! The app includes a selection of short videos for each of the daily themes and fun games for children to enjoy. To go with the Prayer Map, there is the Family Prayer Adventure Podcast. This is based on the daily themes in the style of a radio show. The series is fun, educational and interactive and is available on all digital platforms.

2. Prayer and Care Pack

The family Prayer and Care packs are filled with fabulous prayer resources, chocolate, balloons and creative activities to help you pray together as a family. You can order your pack here, or why not send one to another family you know, to encourage them to get involved!

3. Kingdom Kit

Why not download the Kingdom Kit as a family? This is a wonderful resource full of lots of activities for families with children of different ages. Some of the resources can be adapted to suit the current context including a great activity called ‘Rocket Prayers’ – perfect if you have a garden!

4. Bright Ideas for the Family

Choose a family Fun prayer idea and perhaps choose an activity a day to do as a family – you can see a list to choose from here. We have a number of other ideas to help families pray together at this time which you can see here.

5. Prayer Spaces at Home

Why not create a prayer space in your own home?! Here are some brilliant prayer activities that have been created for families to use at home by our friends Prayer Spaces in Schools.

Join Christ Church for an evening of Prayer and Praise

Following on from our last prayer and praise evening, the boys from the School House (Alistair, Charles & Adam) will be hosting another evening of prayer and praise. There will times of worship, times of prayer – with a particular focus not just on the current season, but linking in with Thy Kingdom Come, but on the 5 people we are praying for to come to know Christ. It shall be running on Friday 22nd May between 8:15 – 9:15ish and you can sign up via churchsuite, or using the form below.