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Last updated 31st May 2020

#ThyKingdomCome 2020

A festival of prayer and worship for 2020

Welcome to this year’s opportunity to celebrate #ThyKingdomCome. Because of the current restrictions that are in place we are celebrating this online and not in our churches this year, but we are really excited to bring you prayer and worship from across the Diocese that covers all worshipping styles.

We are using this period to pray for people (perhaps five people, perhaps fewer) that they might come to know the love of the Lord Jesus. We have been so encouraged to see the large numbers of people sharing in online services and we pray that they may come to know the love of Jesus their Saviour and that their lives may be given to Him.

The Rt Rev Dr Jill Duff, Bishop of Lancaster, writes:

“For the last five years, I have loved #ThyKingdomCome as an opportunity to recover an ancient practice of waiting on God in prayer from Ascension Day to Pentecost.

We underestimate how the secret of the Christian life is what happens in secret. In our time of lockdown, it’s been heartening to hear how people across Lancashire are praying more than ever. In #ThyKingdomCome we are praying that people will “come home” to God especially those on the margins, those new relationships built on the streets over the last weeks, and those who have dipped their toes into church virtually.

The lockdown has spawned immense creativity amongst our churches, so as Bishops we have invited ten churches from a range of backgrounds to share their #ThyKingdomCome service in Festival of Prayer and Worship, one each night.”

In each of these services, clergy from across the Diocese and from different church traditions will reflect on these questions:

  • What has been the greatest challenge to mission during this lockdown period?
  • What stories of encouragement can you share?
  • How have you seen God’s hand at work in your wider community?

With so much creativity and ingenuity within our Diocese we know there will be many exciting stories and testimonies to share which will encourage us all in our discipleship.

Who might you pray for? Who needs to hear God’s voice and God’s welcome to “come home” and find rest and peace for their souls?

On-line services

To watch each parish service, which will premiere at 4pm on the Diocesan YouTube Channel, please click on the link on the day in question. 

Wednesday 20 May

Launch Night

Bishop Julian

Bishop Philip

Bishop Jill

Carolyn Barton

Thursday 21 May

Blackburn St Stephen and St James

Bilingual in Urdu

Rev Sarah Gill

Friday 22 May

Burnley St Matthew the Apostle Rev Alex Frost

Saturday 23 May

Adlington St Paul Rev David Arnold
Sunday 24 May Leyland St Andrew Rev David Whitehouse
Monday 25 May Clitheroe St James Rev Mark Pickett
Tuesday 26 May Nelson Little Marsden Rev Guy Jamieson
Wednesday 27 May

Hornby with Claughton and Whittington with Arkholme

and Gressingham

Rev Michael Hampson
Thursday 28 May Preston Minster and St George the Martyr Rev Sam Haigh
Friday 29 May Lancaster St Thomas Rev Jon Scamman
Saturday 30 May Blackpool St John Rev Steve Haskett
Sunday 31 May Pentecost - 9am Service from Diocese of Blackburn

Bishop Julian

Bishop Philip

Bishop Jill


Below are links to access more #TKC resources: