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Last updated 3rd May 2018

Thy Kingdom Come 2018

Last year, many parishes in Lancashire took part in Thy Kingdom Come - the Archbishops' call to pray that people we know come to know Jesus Christ.

This year, from Ascension to Pentecost (10th - 20th May 2018) the Archbishops are again calling on all of us to join a wave of prayer in Lancashire, across the UK and around the world ... praying that people we know might come to know Jesus. 

From the initial launch of Thy Kingdom Come in 2016, there are now Christians involved from 85 countries ... and it is ecumenical too - representing more than 50 denominations.

The hope of the Archbishops is that as Christians pray together we will:

  • be transformed through prayer
  • be given new confidence and encouragement by the Holy Spirit
  • be effective witnesses to Jesus Christ.

Around the world, individuals and churches will be coming together to pray that their friends, families, neighbours and work colleagues come to know Jesus Christ. 

In our Diocese, we will meet together on Wednesday May 9, at 7.30pm for a event launch service in Blackburn Cathedral to equip us to return to our parishes to pray.

Rt Rev. Philip North, the Bishop of Burnley, writes about Thy Kingdom Come, and personally invites you to the launch service in an article for the May edition of the diocesan magazine The See, out soon. You can also read the article on our website here: 

To get a flavour of what the service on May 9 will be like, watch (and share) this highlights video from the 2017 event... then SUBSCRIBE to our YouTube channel for more videos.

Booking for the launch service

More details about what will happen at this year's launch event will be available soon. In the meantime, and to make sure we have sufficient resources for the service, we ask that you use this booking link to give us a rough idea of how many are coming from each church.

Church action; individual action

  •  Pledge to pray (#pledge2pray) as an individual and with people from your church by visiting
  •  On the same website ... ... you can also add your local event to a national map of events to promote it far and wide and you can also download a whole range of resources (from social media banners to posters for your church) to help you plan how you, your family and your church can be involved.
  • There are loads of suggestions and ideas about what you can do here and specific suggestions for families here, but if the plethora of ideas is overwhelming, Thy Kingdom Come have just released a one page sheet suggesting 6 things your church might do during Thy Kingdom Come which you can download here
  • You can download a poster here 
  • In the past we've been asked for PowerPoint slides for notices, so here are versions for standard screens and widescreens.