Hundreds to gather on Pentecost Sunday in Norwich
Churches across Norwich will be uniting in the national Thy Kingdom Come event on Sunday June 9. A service of prayer, worship and commissioning will be held at Norwich Cathedral, followed by a short gathering outside The Forum to publicly pray for and bless the city.
Many hundreds expected to gather on Pentecost Sunday
For many years, Christians from all streams across Norwich and Norfolk have gathered at Norwich Cathedral on Pentecost Sunday evening as part of the national ‘Thy Kingdom Come’ initiative. The event has been growing each year and this year the night of June 9 is set to be bigger than ever, with more churches across a variety of streams being involved in the planning and praying process than in any previous year.
Meeting for prayer and planning at King’s Community Church and St Thomas’ since January of this year, the cohort of leaders organising the event has sensed that this will be a special night of prayer, commissioning and sending for local mission. There will be two parts to the night: firstly, at 6:30pm there will be the annual ‘Thy Kingdom Come’ Pentecost Service at Norwich Cathedral. This year as we gather to worship and pray, there will be a strong emphasis on waiting on the Holy Spirit and empowerment for mission locally and beyond. Then, in something of a prophetic statement, people will be invited to go and reconvene outside the Forum at 8:30pm for ‘Bless Norwich’ – an opportunity to publicly pray for and bless the city.
Craig Deal, Lead Pastor Gateway Vineyard Church said: “We are very much looking forward to being part of an event that welcomes all churches from Norwich and across Norfolk to come together as one church to worship and celebrate Pentecost. We believe that gathering in the Cathedral together will be a powerful time and we are confident that God will meet us in that place, and we are excited to go into the city centre and pray for the city and this county that we love and serve.”
Rev. Dominic De Souza, One Church said, “We are believing for nothing less than a Holy Spirit outpouring that will result in churches being galvanised and Christians in our region being empowered and mobilised for mission. Our prayer as the organising team these last months has been “Spirit break out”. This is our expectation for Pentecost Norwich”.
Goff Hope, Elder, King’s Community Church said, “King’s Community Church is very pleased to support the Pentecost Sunday gathering… This will be a special time for Christians across the churches to come together to declare our unity in praying for our city and nation.”
Rev. Canon Madeline Light, St Stephen’s said, The churches individually pray regularly for the city and its leaders, how good to do this together! We have a great city and an extraordinary collection of churches who are historically linked and dependent on each other. This is a time to thank God and follow His mandate to bless each other.”
Darren Woodward, Senior Leader, Oak Grove Community Church said, “The gathering at Norwich Cathedral on 9th June provides an opportunity for all Norwich and Norfolk churches to come together to celebrate the birth of the church, focusing on the power and presence of God through His Holy Spirit, and prayer for our city irrespective of personalities or positioning.”
Sunday 9th June 2019 6:30pm – Pentecost Prayer Celebration (Service at Norwich Cathedral)
8:30pm – Bless Norwich (meet outside the Forum)
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