Thy Kingdom Come 2020 Wrap-up Video

Thy Kingdom Come looked different this year due to COVID-19. But still, Christians in more than 170 countries gathered online, bowed their knees in prayer and lifted their voices in hope as we all prayed, Thy Kingdom Come! We hope that you enjoy this year’s wrap-up video, which gives just a taste of all that happened across the world. Thank you to everyone who got involved! 

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Thy Kingdom Come unlocked in Cornwall: the South West Prays

by Roger Mills, Missioner, Churches Together in Cornwall

Isaiah 43:18-19: Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?

It was all going so well. Renewal would be the theme. On the eve of Pentecost, Christians would be stationed at one-mile intervals across the entire 630 miles of the South West Coast Path (www.southwestawake.com), praying simultaneously at 2 pm for the coming of the Kingdom. In Cornwall, an additional web of inland prayer walks would link churches of different denominations across the county. On Pentecost Sunday, two Beacon Events would unite us in praise, at Liskeard for those in East Cornwall, and at Gwennap Pit (the open-air amphitheatre near Redruth, where John Wesley preached to thousands) for those in the West. By February, a web site was set up with 630 green dots on a map of the coast path and they were beginning to turn first orange and then red as people signed up for that spot until it reached capacity. Speakers and musicians across the country were being invited to the Beacon Events. What could possibly go wrong – other than the weather?

Then came lockdown and it was soon apparent that none of the plans could go ahead. What to do? Well, Thy Kingdom Come is about prayer, so pray we would. St Martin’s Church, Liskeard would prepare a virtual Beacon Event for the morning of Pentecost Sunday, repurposed for the whole of Cornwall; and church leaders across the five counties of the South West would join in the region’s biggest prayer group that evening to pray online for unity, frontline workers, missional effectiveness, leaders, and renewal.

It all worked better than we could have dreamt. Videoconferencing gremlins left us (almost) alone, thanks to the highly professional teams behind the scenes. The morning service (viewed 1200 times to date) was accompanied by online prayer rooms where individuals could pray live with members of St Martin’s, and a parallel kids’ session was introduced by a video in the main service. Powerful worship from the Transforming Mission Worship Group, performing at their homes across Cornwall, accompanied a message of joy and hope from Sarah Yardley of Cornwall’s Christian festival Creation Fest.

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Sarah also offered the first prayers in South West Prays that evening, in which prayers from each county on each of the five themes were offered by 28 different leaders, embracing a wide diversity of traditions and styles. At the conclusion of each section the topics covered were displayed (now available to download) as we paused for our own reflections. A link allowed individuals to request personal prayer, and worship leaders across the region, including some involved in the morning, provided inspirational music. Those watching live (over a thousand) added their own prayers via chat. 

Not what we had planned then: but in many ways better, and certainly reaching larger numbers – huge thanks to all involved. The Coastal Path prayer chain will still go ahead, when safe to do so; and we will meet again to pray Thy Kingdom Come next year. Bur renewal is in progress now, across our county and our region. New relationships are developing, and denominational boundaries losing importance. See, I am doing a new thing!

Roger Mills, an Anglican based in Falmouth, Cornwall, facilitates the ecumenical development team for Churches Together in Cornwall.  

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Thy Kingdom Come: South West Prays 2020

South West Prays – Pentecost Sunday

SOUTH WEST PRAYS – Pentecost Sunday 🔥Join us LIVE with thousands of other Christians, and over 25 Church Leaders from across the South West, as we seek the face of God for our nation at this critical time. Do let us know in the comments where you're watching from.For more interactive live chat visit www.southwestawake.com

Posted by South West Awake on Sunday, 31 May 2020
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Join Christians across the South West as 28 church leaders from across the denominations pray Thy Kingdom Come.

Follow up in your own prayers on these themes:

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Thy Kingdom Come: Cornwall Beacon Event 2020

Watch the Beacon Event for Cornwall on Facebook or YouTube

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Thy Kingdom Come: Join with the Chemin Neuf Community : 21-31 May, ONLINE

This year due to coronavirus we are not able to meet together at Sclerder Abbey for Pentecost. But this situation is not an obstacle to invoke the power of the Holy Spirit upon us. We invite you to join the international gathering of the Chemin Neuf Community on https://www.youtube.com/user/CCNnetforgod/videos. Together we are going to pray and praise, asking that the fire of the Holy Spirit fills, inspires and breathes new life for us this Pentecost.

Each morning from Ascension Thursday 21st May to Whit Monday 1st June we will stream a video on ‘YouTube’ to support you in daily personal prayer and meditation (whilst in French, it will have English sub-titles).

Also, on Saturday, 30th May from 7.00 pm to around 8.30 you are invited to join the Community for an evening of worship and prayer. This will be streamed using Zoom. We will also be joined by people from Lebanon, Brazil and France for part of the evening.

We will require your email to enable you to join the zoom meeting. It’s all automatic, as we will send you a link and joining instructions. So if you wish to participate in this event please send us an email to: retreatsuk@gmail.com

The subjects to support your daily prayer will include:

Thursday 21st May (Ascension): God isn’t in the clouds

Friday 22nd: Abba Father

Saturday 23rd: The return of the King

Sunday 24th: More Love, More Power

Monday 25th: The Church isn’t a monument

Tuesday 26th: Give us chaos

Wednesday 27th: Child of God

Thursday 28th: Divinisation in progress (how the Holy Spirit transforms our lives)

Friday 29th: Set us ablaze

Saturday 30th: Nothing is impossible to God

Saturday 30th (7.30-8.30pm): International Pentecost evening

Sunday 31st (Pentecost): Shake things up

Monday 1st June: When the ordinary becomes extraordinary

Interested? Then email us on retreatsuk@gmail.com and tell us your email address for linking to Zoom.

Whilst this is a free programme, we also welcome any donations from those who are able to contribute.

We wish you a safe, blessed and Spirit-filled progression to Pentecost and beyond,

Chemin Neuf Community


Chemin Neuf Community
Sclerder Abbey

Sclerder Lane

Looe-Cornwall

PL13 2JD

UK

Phone:01503 272 238

sclerder@chemin-neuf.org

www.chemin-neuf.org

Videos

Thy Kingdom Come: whole host of resources available to help you join in the global prayer movement

Thy Kingdom Come is a global prayer movement that invites Christians around the world to pray between Ascension Day (21 May) and Pentecost (31 May) for more people to come to know Jesus.

Praying for people to come to know the love, hope and peace found in Christ is at the heart of Thy Kingdom Come.

Daily Prayer for Thy Kingdom Come is a great way to set up regular, daily patterns of prayer to hold these people in prayer – whether you are doing so on your own, as a household, or joining with a small group or as a church virtually.

There resource is available in a range of offline and free online formats:

The booklet – in full-colour and complete with services, psalms and readings – is available now from Church House Publishing for just £1.99 with Free UK Delivery when you order online (with bulk discounts on 10s and 50s).

The free app for iOS and Android – containing audio for Morning, Evening, Day and Night Prayer from the booklet for all 11 days. The app has been updated with 2020 Sunday psalms and readings and a new feature that allows you to set reminders for any or all the services at times that suit you.

A podcast featuring all eight hours of the Daily Prayer for Thy Kingdom Come audio is also launching soon.

Smart speaker – from Thursday 21 May (Ascension Day), you can also get Alexa and Google Home to ‘Ask the Church of England for today’s Thy Kingdom Come’ to hear a short service of Prayer During the Day (before 7pm) and Night Prayer (after 7pm) throughout the 11 days.

Watch a special Thy Kingdom Come Pentecost Service with the Archbishop of Canterbury and a range of other contributors from 9am on Sunday 31st May here.

More new resources from Thy Kingdom Come

Due to the current Coronavirus pandemic, Thy Kingdom Come is going to look slightly different this year.

Find out about new initiatives – like Prayer and Care – and further resources, including the Interactive Prayer Map for families, to help you get involved in new ways.

Local service

On Sunday, May 31, at 11am, there will be a virtual service for Cornwall.

Led by Revd Steve Morgan, Sarah Yardley will speak and a worship band from across Cornwall will be led by Niall Dunne.

There will be bible readings and prayers from people across the county and form different denominations.

The service will be on Facebook and Youtube – details and links to come!

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Live Q&A with Archbishop Justin Welby on prayer : 21 May, ONLINE

11-11.30am (BST) on 21st May
Live Q&A with Archbishop Justin Welby on prayer 

A recent Tearfund study revealed that 1 in 20 people, who have never prayed before, are turning to prayer during Lockdown amongst other findings.

So what is prayer and how do we get started? This Q & A with Archbishop Justin Welby, offers an opportunity to hear from him re. his own prayer life and to ask him question on prayer. This session is perfect for those on the edges of faith where prayer is new to them, so please feel free share with those in your networks who are exploring faith such as attending an Alpha course. Tune into our Facebook page to be involved.

Beforehand, there will be also be a special webinar with Archbishop of Canterbury, Archbishop of York and Cardinal Vincent Nichols from 10.30-11.00am. They will be praying for a fresh outpouring of the Holy Spirit on world today; that many might come to know the love, peace and joy that is found in Christ. Numbers are limited. If you would like to join please register here.

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Thy Kingdom Come: Light Up Cornwall in Prayer

Add your name/your church’s name to the Thy Kingdom Come prayer map

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Thy Kingdom Come: The Upper Room

ANNOUNCEMENT: We’re very pleased to present to you the ‘Upper Room’. Inspired by the Upper Room in Acts 1 & 2, this is a 24/7 virtual prayer room, where your church can sign up and participate in continuous prayer from Ascension to Pentecost. This is a fresh and new way to pray Thy Kingdom Come this year!

Join the Upper Room here: https://www.24-7prayer.com/signup/735a1b

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Thy Kingdom Come Hymn 2020

We are so pleased to share with you the brand new anthem for this year’s Thy Kingdom Come – sung by worship leader, Pete James.
This song has been rewritten with fresh lyrics to encourage congregations around the world to pray Thy Kingdom Come during this time. We pray and hope this song is a blessing to churches in this season.

If you would like to download the official lyric video and get access to the score, please visit here:

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