Thy Kingdom Come offers Pentecost prayer rooms
Thy Kingdom Come is an international prayer initiative for the period between Ascension and Pentecost. Here Tim Yau, Pioneer Missioner for the Diocese of Norwich, encourages people to get involved.
Across cultures there’s a human inclination to reach out to something bigger than ourselves. As Christians we find that in Jesus. However, western culture seems to have numbed people to that reality, until now.
According to recent Tearfund research, during the Coronavirus outbreak over half of all adults in the UK have turned to prayer. We don’t know the who, what, when, where, why or how they’re praying, but I believe that when people pray, they can encounter God.
Thy Kingdom Come (TKC) is about going deeper with God, praying for five to come to faith in Jesus, and being empowered to be effective in sharing his message. Alongside all this, we’ll be creating this year outdoor TKC prayer spaces, with corresponding online space, for people to explore questions about life, spirituality and faith in creative and reflective ways.
These physical and virtual TKC spaces will be a symbol that the Church, although locked out of its buildings, is still active in the community and that God is present and interested in their lives.
For churches, there is an Upper Room resource - a virtual prayer room where churches can take part in continuous prayer alongside international prayer organisation - 24/7 prayer. Inspired by the upper room experience in the book of Acts, where the early disciples gathered to pray, this timely resource encourages churches to go deeper in continuous prayer drawing on the richness of this historic tradition.
All key resources are available as digital downloads on the TKC website. This includes a Prayer Journal with Bible readings, reflections and care actions. It features the ‘Father’s Love’ illustration from renowned artist Charlie Mackesy on the cover. The Journey with Mary devotional is also available with an accompanying podcast series.
For families, the Digital Family Prayer Adventure Map, created with Missional Generation, will aid children and young people explore prayer in a fun way.
For this year’s Thy Kingdom Come including prayer and care and new resources for churches, families and individuals, visit www.Thykingdomcome.global
Meanwhile there are now over 225 services being shared digitally across the Diocese of Norwich every week. Churches are live streaming services, hosting virtual groups, and sharing content digitally via YouTube, Facebook, Zoom and others. You can read more about them here.
Bishop Graham is inviting everyone across the diocese to join him at 9pm each evening between Ascension Day and Pentecost in a virtual Compline service. Together with millions of other Christians around the world we will be praying the words of Jesus, 'Thy Kingdom Come'. You can respond to the invitation here.
Pictured above is Tim Yau