Thy Kingdom Come

This is an international and ecumenical call for us to pray for the world, from the archbishops of Canterbury and York. We’re invited to focus on prayer between Ascension Day and Pentecost, Thurs 30 May to Sun 9 June 2019. For our part, the churches of St Matthew’s and St Paul’s will be open all day for quiet prayer, and in each church there will be prayer stations to aid people.

Over the past three years, Christians across 65 denominations and traditions in more than 114 countries have participated in Thy Kingdom Come. Last year literally thousands of events took place over the 11 days, from prayer stations to prayer pilgrimages, from Messy Church services for families to the Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, from thousands gathering to worship and pray together to a small rural church with just two or three people present.

Bow Down prayer event

Thursday 6 June, 9 pm, Winchester High Street (by the Buttercross)

As part of Thy Kingdom Come, Winchester Christians are gathering on the High Street to literally kneel and pray for our communities, our city, our region and our nation. We will pray from 9 pm for 15 minutes as the sun goes down, and for the last 2–3 minutes we’ll light torches and phone lights as symbols of light. Anyone from any church is welcome to come. We’ll meet at the Buttercross at 8.45, ready to pray from 9. Do bring something to kneel or sit on and a torch or phone light.

It would be helpful for the organisers if individuals could let us know they are planning to come.

‘My sincere hope is that our Thy Kingdom Come prayers will inspire us further to seek God’s kingdom of justice, mercy, and peace, in our communities here and throughout God’s world.’

Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu