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Beacon events draw thousands to pray Thy Kingdom Come

Beacon events at cathedrals, prayer buses, open churches and prayer walks have been a feature of this year's Thy Kingdom Come campaign between Ascension Day and Pentecost.

Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby said last week: “The astonishing spread of prayer in these days of TKC has continued on 2018.

“How wonderful to see participation from churches of all traditions and denominations praying for the empowering of the Holy Spirit. We take such joy from what God is doing in uniting God’s people around the world in prayer that we may be effective witnesses to Christ.”

Worshippers at Norwich Cathedral

Some 200 people from dozens of churches gathered at Norwich Cathedral on Sunday. The service was opened by Methodist minister Rev Nigel Fox and Rev Canon Dr Peter Doll from the cathedral, who said: “The cathedral has been soaked in prayer for the last nine centuries. And this service will add a great boost of prayer to add to those.”
Worship was led by Phil Gouldstone and the band from Burn 24/7 Norwich.

Hundreds of people from churches across the Diocese packed out Chichester Cathedral on Sunday 20 May (main photo) for the Pentecost Thy Kingdom Come Beacon event to celebrate the gift of the Holy Spirit with worship, music and readings. A prayer space welcomed hundreds of visitors throughout the week.

A warm welcome at the Maresfield prayer bus

Bishop of Lewes Richard Jackson visited 50 churches between 14th and 18 May, lighting a candle at each one, and was welcomed to a Prayer Bus in Maresfield (pictured).

And the Church Times reported: "An assistant curate at Romsey Abbey in Hampshire, the Revd David Potterton, encouraged the congregation to take part in the first Thy Kingdom Come initiative in 2016. He had a simple idea: to take prayer for the community out of the Abbey into the community by asking people on the High Street: 'If you could pray today, what would you pray for?'

"Two years later, every church in the town is collecting hundreds of prayer cards, and schools, too, and will worship together for the first time in the Abbey for a Pentecost service. He said: 'An idea that captured the imagination three years ago, this year has captured our minds and hearts as we see and celebrate God’s Kingdom Come before our eyes.'

Prayer at Chichester Cathedral

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