Thy Kingdom Come is a global prayer movement that invites Christians around the world to pray 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.
Thy Kingdom Come starts on Ascension Day, 21 May, and finishes at Pentecost, 31 May.
There are resources from the national church and resources from Exeter Diocese to support this week. At the Cathedral, we’ve contributed to the diocesan service, are joining in the Devon 24/11 prayer room, and inviting you to make a labyrinth at home as a way of praying during lockdown.
Here are some things you can do:
- Identify five people you want to offer ‘prayer and care’ for. Pray for them, reach out to them, show you care for them. More information here.
- Join in the Devon 24/7 prayer room (https://www.24-7prayer.com/signup/70087a). This is open for the whole 11 days of Thy Kingdom Come. We’ve booked six hours for the Cathedral to cover – three hours on Wednesday and three hours on the second Saturday – and if you’d like to be involved, please contact Canon Chris Palmer for joining details. The prayer room is also open for people to make individual bookings.
- Create a Labyrinth at home and pray with it. A labyrinth is a ‘pilgrim path’, which you walk or trace with your hand, as you mindfully journey to the centre. One of the most famous labyrinths in the world is in Chartres Cathedral. Here are instructions on how to make a simple labyrinth. See Canon Chris Palmer’s video about labyrinths on YouTube.
- As a family, download the Family Prayer Adventure Map which comes with an app for games, reflections, and augmented reality.
- Join in the Exeter Diocese Pentecost Service. Unfortunately we can’t meet in the Cathedral this year, but the service will be available on the Exeter Diocese website on Sunday 31 May from 6pm. Do tune in and join hundreds of others praying Thy Kingdom Come.