Last updated 18th May 2023
Thy Kingdom Come 2023: Information and links to resources
Introduction to Thy Kingdom Come 2023
Thy Kingdom Come is a global Prayer movement that invites Christians around the world to pray, from Ascension to Pentecost, 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.
During the 11 days of Thy Kingdom Come, it is hoped that everyone who takes part will:
This year, the organisers have introduced new daily themes for their resources. These themes focus on the character of God - 'Our Father in Heaven.'
A new sub-theme 'Living the Kingdom'.is being introduced. Participants are invited to go one step further and find ways to live the Kingdom.
There is a call for Christians to gather together (in-person where possible) and collaborate ecumenically locally, regionally and nationally - being a truly united witness to the world.
To find out more and for national resources including videos and much more click here.
Ideas for churches
The Thy Kingdom Come team has brought together 23 ideas to inspire active prayer. These ideas can be found here.
- Continuous worship and prayer: create a dedicated space for continuous prayer
- 'Say One for Me.' create a banner inviting people to share prayer topics
- Pilgrimages: organise a prayer walk
- Children's trails: create prayer trails in community gardens or church spaces
- Prayer and Care: find ways to offer prayer and care eg cook a meal
- 'Bow Down' meet in a central place eg Market Square and pray for the town/city etc
- 'Pray on the Hills' climb a local hill and pray looking down on an area
- Beacon Events: work ecumenically to celebrate, worship and pray together
- Morning, Evening and Night Prayers: incorporate prayers into online prayer sessions
- Prayer Stations: create a prayer station using a large map of the local area
- Prayer Spaces: create a labyrinth in a prayer space or prayer tent
- Prayer Craft: find ways to share prayers using craft activities eg. prayer chains
- Spread Across the Region! Create prayer chains on local pathways
- Prayer Beads: create prayer beads representing the Lord's Prayer
- Upper Room: create in-person or digital 'upper room' prayer spaces
- Big Prayer Picnic: get together with food
- Daily Prayers Online Together: join in with the Ordinary Office project
- Prayer Walk/Praying for the Local Community: create a prayer walk map and share with others eg. Facebook
- Open Door: open your church doors for allotted times
- Postcard Prayer Project: connect with the communtiy by posting 'prayer postcards'
- Silent Prayer: develop the practice of silent prayer using inspiration from praying communities
- Communal Prayer Book: create a communal prayer book where people can write down their prayer requests
- 'Pray for Five' in creative ways
24 Hour Prayer for Health Care: Saturday, May 20, from 9am
In the lead up to Pentecost the Hospital Chaplains across Lancs and South Cumbria and the Christian Medical Fellowship would like to invite you to pray in our hospital chapels for patients and staff in our healthcare system.
There are 800 prayer cards which have been printed to distribute to our hospital wards to ask for prayer requests.
Our own Bishop Jill and Dr Paul Wadeson explain how you can get involved on this video ...
- Morecambe Bay Chapels
- Lancaster - RLI 24 hours
- Kendal - WGH 24 hours
- Preston - RPH - 24 hours
- Barrow - FGH - see spreadsheet for times
- Blackpool - see spreadsheet for times
Our own Diocesan resources for children and young people
For Thy Kingdom Come 2023, our Diocesan Board of Education is taking to social media to pray, writes Rebecca Whittaker.
Thy Kingdom Come is the global prayer initiative that encourages Christians from around the world to join together in prayer. This year the Board of Education is focusing on prayer for youth work and young people in our Diocese.
Each day from Ascension (18th May) to Pentecost (28th May) the youth team will be on @YouthWorkStateofMind Instagram stories at 11 am to pray for youth leaders and their young people.
Focusing on a different theme each day, the 10 days of prayer aims to cover varying aspects of youth ministry including prayers for growth, vision and energy.
This short time of prayer is open to everyone so if you would like to join the youth team in praying, follow @YouthWorkStateofMind on Instagram and find them every day on their stories.
There is also an opportunity for our young people to get involved with this time of prayer. The @ThisisAbide Instagram account, which is for young people aged 11-17, will also be participating in this year’s Thy Kingdom Come.
Every day a member of the Abide team will be on Instagram stories exploring what it is to pray and will discuss questions like...
- How can I pray?
- What should I pray about?
- How can I build a solid prayer routine?
The Abide team will also be sharing social media videos from Thy Kingdom Come featuring people like Ellie Limebear, Guvna B and Jamie Jones-Buchanan discussing their experiences of prayer as well as some videos from the Christian organisation, The Way.
The aim is to encourage young people to pray and feel more confident in their prayer lives. Young people wanting to join Abide for Thy Kingdom Come just need to follow @ThisisAbide on Instagram.
Scan the QR Codes at right to follow the @YouthWorkStateofMind and @ThisisAbide Instagram accounts ...