Thy Kingdom Come is a global prayer movement, which invites Christians around the world to pray - between Ascension and Pentecost - for more people to come to know Jesus.
What started out as an invitation, in 2016, from the Archbishops of Canterbury and York to the Church of England has grown into an international and ecumenical call to prayer.
In 2018, Thy Kingdom Come happens between the 10th and the 20th of May.
The hope is that:
- people will commit to pray with God’s world-wide family - as a church, individually or as a family;
- churches will hold prayer events - such as 24-7 prayer, prayer stations and prayer walks - across the UK and in other parts of the world;
- people will be empowered through prayer by the Holy Spirit, finding new confidence to be witnesses for Jesus Christ.
“In praying 'Thy Kingdom Come' we all commit to playing our part in the renewal of the nations and the transformation of communities."
Archbishop Justin Welby
Six Ways Your Church Can Get Involved
Initiate a prayer station (see ‘Bright ideas for your church’ for examples). Let it be somewhere that people can leave the names of the five they are praying for. If the use of candles is in your tradition invite the congregation to light a candle for their five people before the service starts.
Download the Morning and Evening prayer booklets and invite people to join you for the period of Thy Kingdom Come. For those at work invite them to have them on their phones and pray it either as they commute or at work. You never know it might set a new discipline for folk.
Sunday Intercessions. From now on, why not include one slot at which people are encouraged to name out loud, or silently, the five people they are praying for to know the love of God for themselves?
The 19th May is the date of the Royal wedding as well as a certain football match. Why not host a fun, Royal wedding themed event and link it to Thy Kingdom Come?
This year, Thy Kingdom Come prayer period coincides with Christian Aid Week. Why not encourage your people who are delivering and collecting envelopes to simply pray silently at each door way or gate way “Thy Kingdom Come here Lord?”
Try a community prayer walk using the Icthus fish symbols – acting as a prompt to pray for people locally to come to know Jesus Christ?
Have a look at thykingdomcome.global for more information on all the ideas above.
Thy Kingdom Come in the Diocese of Derby
We are encouraging every church, parish, benefice or deanery to join in with this simple yet powerful way of fulfilling God’s call to share the good news of Jesus Christ with others. Our desire is to find ways to help every church in the diocese to respond to a simple invitation:
For people to pray in whatever way they want, with whoever they want and wherever they can, that others might know Jesus Christ.
The other pages in this section tell you how you can get involved, and what support there is available to help you. Please take a look at the Resources page of this section.
If you'd like someone to come and talk to a PCC, synod or chapter, do get in touch with Jason Kennedy (details below) and he would be more than happy to come and and help you to get involved.
Thy Kingdom Come is about helping churches to do what we are called to do by God - to pray for our communities and those in them to hear, experience and receive the Good News of Jesus. Churches can get involved however they want, in any way that works for them.
Rev Jason Kennedy
Diocesan Missioner, Derby Diocese
Derby Church House, Full Street, Derby DE1 3DR