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Last updated 7th June 2019

Thy Kingdom Come 2019

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 (30th May 2019 - 10th June 2019) the Archbishops - alongside our Bishops in Lancashire, bishop Julian, Bishop Philip and Bishop Jill - 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. 

  • READ the news article that launched Thy Kingdom Come 2019 across our Diocese which includes quotes from all our bishops
  • For events taking place in Lancashire over the 10 day period, just visit www.thykingdomcome.global and click on the ‘events’ tab to view an interactive map
  • Local events are also being posted to the events calendar of the Diocesan website - if your church is doing something for Thy Kingdom Come, email karen.ashcroft@blackburn.anglican.org with the details and we will add it to our events calendar and see below for just a small selection of events we know about already!
  • During Thy Kingdom Come why not keep your church open to welcome visitors? If you are concerned about security issues - it's less hassle than you think. For guidance and practical help, download our Open Church Toolkit

A selection of local events

For information, inspiration and ideas here are just a selection of events we know about taking place across Lancashire in County churches for Thy Kingdom Come (TKC) - churches big and small, rural and urban ...

  • St Thomas in Lancaster has a number of key events around TKC and were namechecked in our launch story - read it to find out more
  • St James' Church in Clitheroe also plans to have 10 days of prayer in the church and has set up prayer stations (pictured) 
  • St Cuthbert's in Preston is also active during TKC and on the morning of the 9th are being filmed for live service on BBC1. Bishop Jill will be speaking at that service and says: “Lancashire is known for being a county of beacons and on Pentecost Sunday at St Cuthbert’s my prayer is for men, women and children to be on fire with the Spirit of God and to spread that fire, through the televised broadcast, so people across the whole of the UK might hear the Gospel in their own languages.” St Cuthbert's also have more events continuing after TKC in the following week. Story on our website here for more details 
  •  Meanwhile, Bishop Jill's beacon call has captured the imagination of licensed Reader, Joyce Willacy, in another of our parishes. So, also on Pentecost Sunday, seven runners will carry a burning torch through the streets from St Christopher's Lea to Emmanuel, Preston; a 2.6 mile journey divided into seven sections. An accompanying car will play Chariots of Fire music and all the runners (plus the car itself) will be wearing banners saying 'Pentecost Sunday, let the flame burn brighter'
  • St Andrew's in Cleveleys is doing a number of things for TKC, including lighting a special TKC beacon
  • Lancaster Priory has a day of prayer on Ascension Day. 
  • Alan Roadley, vision champion from St Peter's in Burnley has organised a prayer event at the church for TKC
  • Holy Trinity Church in Carnforth is open all day throughout TKC and has set up a special prayer corner

Transformed through prayer

For the fourth year running, Christians across the County will set aside time, from Ascension Day to Pentecost, to pray specifically for people they know to come to know Jesus Christ, alongside fellow Christians in 114 countries across 65 different denominations.

‘Thy Kingdom Come’ is now truly ecumenical – this means other Christian denominations will be involved, 

The hope of the Archbishops and our Bishops 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. JOIN THEM!

In Lancashire, the 10 days of prayer will be bookended with an ecumenical launch service, on Wednesday May 29, at Crossgate Church in Preston at 7.30pm; with a concluding ‘Beacon Service’ on June 9, Pentecost Sunday, at 7.30pm at Blackburn Cathedral.

To get a flavour of local events for Thy Kingdom Come, like, watch (and share) this highlights video from the 2018 event... then SUBSCRIBE to our YouTube channel for more videos.

 

Resources

Ordering resources to support Thy Kingdom Come activities in your church

  • To order FREE resources for your church, please use this Eventbrite booking link. 
    • click the green ‘Register’ button,
    • click the green ‘Checkout’ button
    • complete your details and the items you wish to order and how you will collect them
  • For more resources to support your prayer life during Thy Kingdom Come visit the Thy Kingdom Come website rsources pages