The Parish Mission and Ministry Committee will once again this year be supporting the global prayer movement Thy Kingdom Come’, which invites Christians around the world to pray from Ascension to Pentecost for more people to come to know Jesus. What started in 2016 as an invitation from the Archbishops of Canterbury and York to the Church of England, has grown into an international and ecumenical call to prayer. This year we will be supporting the movement in several different ways.
We will be providing parishioners with a copy of a ‘Prayer Journal’ resource from the Church of England.
The ‘Prayer Journal’ consists of a short reflection and prayer for each day. Interspersed within the journal are short passages from Scripture and spaces where you can jot down your own reflections on what you have read and/or thought about.
You might like to create your own ‘personal prayer space’ somewhere at home where you can spend time each day going through the journal and reflecting on how God might be speaking to you through it.
In addition to the ‘Prayer Journal’, from Ascension Day (Thursday 13 May) until Pentecost (Sunday 23 May), we will use the parish Facebook Page to pray a ‘Novena’, which is 9 days of prayer that encourage us to pray with a particular intention. Each day we will pray a Psalm which will be posted on the Facebook Page.
We will be holding a service of Prayer, Praise & Proclamation in the church on the eve of Ascension Day on Wednesday 12 May at 7pm. This service will also be live-streamed on the parish Facebook page.
We will also be using the parish Facebook Page to encourage young families and children to download a ‘Family Prayer Adventure Map’ app that has activities (including games) for people to undertake each day of Thy Kingdom Come.
The Mission and Ministry Committee would like to encourage people to not only use the ‘Prayer Journal’ this year, but to also take part directly in some of the other ways that are possible. I have included the following link to the Thy Kingdom Come webiste where you can see other ways in which you can be involved.