In addition to the support within the diocese (see below), there are a huge number of resources to help you get started on the national Thy Kingdom Come website, including prayers and liturgy for worship services, creative prayer ideas, booklets, materials for groups, individuals, families and small groups – and much more.
New website and app to launch this Easter
The national team are in the process of developing lots of new resources and they will be launching a new Thy Kingdom Come website and app this Easter so stay tuned! In the meantime, please do go to the national website (see above) to let them know if there are any additional resources you might need to promote the initiative.
New videos and resources to be launched
There are new videos being launched very soon for Thy Kingdom Come, including the Archbishop of Canterbury sharing his own faith story, alongside ecumenical leaders describing what it means to pray, 'Thy Kingdom Come'. They may well be there by the time you read this! Keep an eye on the Thy Kingdom Come Vimeo account at https://vimeo.com/thykingdomcomeglobal.
There are also new resources being added to the already wide range available from CPO via the Thy Kingdom Come website, or through your local Christian bookshop. They include a new Prayer Journal, Morning and Evening Prayer booklet, Novena booklet and ecumenical resources.
Christian Aid Week and Thy Kingdom Come
This year, Christian Aid Week and Thy Kingdom Come fall at the same time - Christian Aid Week runs from 13th - 19th of May, with the dates of Thy Kingdom Come being 10th - 20th May. However, you don't have to do one or the other. The two work great together, so why not combine them?
- A Christian Aid door to door collection could be combined with a prayer walk
- Your Christian Aid Big Brekkie event could be combined with a prayer event
It's a great sign of prayer leading into action as we pray for God's Kingdom to come and see the fruits of that prayer through Christian Aid.
This year, Christian Aid have partnered with Thy Kingdom Come to produce a free Eleven Day Devotional for 10th - 20th May. You can order copies of this Devotional, along with other Christian Aid Week resources, at https://www.christianaid.org.uk/christian-aid-week/resources.
As well as the national resources available (see https://www.thykingdomcome.global), the Prayer and Spirituality Group within the diocese have developed a wide selection of different resources to help the church engage in prayer. These resources could be used for Thy Kingdom Come, or at any other time in the church's life.
Click on the links below to download:
- Bringing Your Concerns Into Prayer
- Centering Payer
- God in My Day
- Listening in Silence and Stillness
- Multisensory Prayer: Images and Symbols
- Multisensory Prayer: Using Your Own Creativity
- Prayer from Ascension to Pentecost (designed for Thy Kingdom Come)
- Praying with Music
- Praying with the Bible: Using Your Imagination
- Praying with the Bible: Lectio Divina
- Praying with the Five Senses
- Stations Around the Lord's Prayer
In order to encourage every church in Derby Diocese to get involved with Thy Kingdom Come 2018 in any way that they can, we ran two launch events in the diocese in January and February.
We've had some great feedback from those events - participants said:"Really impressive and inspiring - ideas accessible to all, realistic."
"Inspirational and thought provoking..."
"It was good to share resources and ideas."
"Thank you so much for such a great event - I'm so excited about what we are going to do."
"A great worship / prayer / mission opportunity - thank you!"
"It renewed my enthusiasm."
"Excited to be a part of this global movement of prayer."
After the events, the churches who came told us about what they were planning to do; prayer events, prayer rooms, prayer stations.. and events for the community like prayer and celebration barbecues, kite flying events and a Pentecost Messy Church!
However, if you weren't able to join us, it's not too late to get involved! Have a look at the resources (see above) to see what you could do. 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