BART Group of Churches
Thy Kingdom Come
Light up the World in Prayer
This year sees the fourth annual wave of prayer — ‘Thy Kingdom Come’ — ten days of prayer from Ascension to Pentecost, during which Christians around the world will be praying for people to come to know Jesus.
The call to prayer started in 2016 as an invitation from the Archbishops of Canterbury and York to the Church of England and has grown into a worldwide ecumenical movement.
The biblical account of the Ascension describes how the disciples with Mary gathered to pray as they waited for Jesus’ promise of the Holy Spirit to come, as he did at Pentecost. In ‘Thy Kingdom Come’ the church can follow that tradition of prayer for the working of the Holy Spirit.
Opportunities to join in prayer, across the Malling area, during these ten days from Ascension to Pentecost, from 30th May to 9th June, this year, are given later in this magazine. Everyone is invited to come and join in, whether or not you are a regular church goer.
Jesus said: You will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you will be my witnesses …to the ends of the earth. When he had said this…he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight…Then they returned to Jerusalem … and were constantly devoting themselves to prayer… When the day of Pentecost had come they were all together in one place... All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit... and that day about three thousand persons were added." Acts 1, 2
“In praying 'Thy Kingdom Come' we all commit to playing our part in the renewal of the nations and the transformation of communities."
Archbishop Justin Welby
Rochester Cathedral is holding a Beacon Event ‘Come and See’ on Saturday 8th June, from midday. People are invited to bring a picnic and a friend to join in a mega picnic in the Cathedral nave and to share in family fun, workshops, prayer and worship. On Pentecost Sunday, 9th June, from 12 noon to 6pm there will be a Beacon Event at Trafalgar Square.
Nearer home, Addington church is hosting a community event — ‘Angelspace’ — on Addington Green during the afternoon of 9th June. Please put the date in your diary and come and join in.
Blessings in Christ