Norfolk joins thousands for global prayer
Christians across Norfolk will join with those around the world to take part in the global prayer movement called Thy Kingdom Come between Wednesday 25 May and Sunday 4 June.
In the UK 34 special beacon services are taking place in Cathedrals, and churches across the country have planned activities including prayer walks, candlelit services, street parties, psalm drumming, fireworks and prayer tepees.
On Wednesday 25 May Norwich Cathedral, Kings Lynn Minster and Great Yarmouth Minster are all holding special beacon events.
The Bishop of Norwich, The Rt Revd Graham James said: “Jesus gave his followers a single prayer – the Lord’s Prayer. The line “thy kingdom come” expresses a hope for a better world – more peaceful, joyful, loving. That’s what God’s kingdom is like. The Archbishops’ initiative is to get the whole Church to pray intensively over the next ten days for a transformed world. It’s an accident of timing that it now comes just before the General Election but what could be better? Prayer is about our deepest longings brought before God. I’m sure this is going to be a very special time.”
Events happening in Norfolk
Wednesday 24 May at St Francis Church, Heartsease. Drop in throughout the day and explore lots of different ways to pray or simply come for some peace or inspiration. There will be a short Communion service at 9.30am and a Prayer walk 12 noon. All are welcome to attend. Find out more at St Francis Church Facebook page.
Thursday 25 May – Sunday 4 June at St Peter's Church, Reymerston. Every day from 8am – 8pm (or during daylight hours) drop into the church for some peace and quiet or join in with praying or if you’ve never prayed before why not have a go?
Thursday 25 May. Beacon Services will take place at Norwich Cathedral (7.30pm), Kings Lynn Minster (7.30pm) and Great Yarmouth Minster (7pm). Following the service at Norwich Cathedral there will be fireworks, music and drinks.
Saturday 27 – Monday 29 May at Walsingham Shrine. As part of the 2017 National Pilgrimage to Walsingham 40 hours of continuous prayer will be held as pilgrims across the country support the Archbishop of Canterbury's Thy Kingdom Come initiative. You can find out more here: www.walsinghamanglican.org.uk
Saturday 27 May at St Peter and St John's Church, Kirkley. From 11am - 3pm be part of the Global Wave of Prayer and try praying with lights. It’s all about families praying together, using lights, having fun and not having to keep silent!
Tuesday 30 May at St Peter and St John's Church, Kirkley. From 4pm - 6pm, join in the Global Wave of Prayer with all-age Creative Prayer activities where it will probably get messy and noisy, but nonetheless prayerful.
Last year more than 100,000 people joined with the Archbishops of Canterbury and York to pray during the 10 days between Ascension and Pentecost and this year even more are expected to participate.
Archbishop Justin Welby said: “Jesus prayed at the Last Supper that we, those who follow him, might ‘be one that the world might believe’. We are invited to make a lasting difference in our nations and in our world, by responding to his call to find a deep unity of purpose in prayer. It’s not a Church of England thing, it’s not an Anglican thing, it’s a Christian thing.”
There will be a live service on BBC1 at 10am on Pentecost Sunday (4 June) with Archbishop Justin Welby, Matt Redman, Tim Hughes and Liz Adekunle.
For more information or to find global and local events please visit: https://www.thykingdomcome.global/