What is Thy Kingdom Come?
Thy Kingdom Come is a global prayer movement, which invites Christians around the world to pray - between Ascension and Pentecost - for more people to come to know Jesus.
What started out as an invitation, in 2016, from the Archbishops of Canterbury and York to the Church of England has grown into an international and ecumenical call to prayer.
In 2020, Thy Kingdom Come is from 21 to 31 May.
The hope is that:
- people will commit to pray with God’s world-wide family - individually, as a family or as a church
- churches will hold virtual prayer events - such as 24-7 prayer, online prayer meetings etc
- people will be empowered through prayer by the Holy Spirit, finding new confidence to be witnesses for Jesus Christ
Thy Kingdom Come is going to look slightly different this year... but in the Diocese of Derby, there is still plenty going on.
Candle lighting – help us light up the world by lighting a candle on a windowsill and praying the Lord’s prayer at 7pm every evening
Ascension Day Eucharist – acting Dean Elizabeth Thomson is live streaming an evening service from Derby Cathedral via Facebook.
Daily Morning Prayer – join us for live-streamed services across the diocese on the Diocese of Derby Facebook page at 8.30am by a different member of clergy each day. (full schedule on the events page)
Pentecost Eucharist – join Bishop Libby at 10:45am as she live streams a eucharistic celebration using Derby Cathedral’s Facebook page
Ecumenical service for Pentecost – A special service at 6.30pm on Sunday, 31 May streamed on the Citywide Prayer Derby Youtube channel. Including a sermon delivered by Bishop Libby, an anthem from Derby Cathedral, singing from the All Nations Choir and prayers from St Werburghs Derby and the New Life Christian Centre.
And have a look at thykingdomcome.global for more information and ideas.
Pray, pray, pray
We are encouraging every church, parish, benefice or deanery to join in with this simple yet powerful way of fulfilling God’s call to share the good news of Jesus Christ with others.
Our desire is to find ways to help every church in the diocese to respond to a simple invitation:
For people to pray in whatever way they want, with whomever they want and wherever they can, that others might know Jesus Christ.
The other pages in this section tell you how you can get involved, and what support there is available to help you. Please take a look at the Resources page of this section.
Thy Kingdom Come is about helping churches to do what we are called to do by God - to pray for our communities and those in them to hear, experience and receive the Good News of Jesus.
Churches can get involved however they want, in any way that works for them as long as the prevailing travel restrictions and social distancing measures are adhered to.
Help us to light up the world!
As part of Thy Kingdom Come 2020, join us in lighting a candle and placing it on a windowsill at 7pm every evening.
This will be your #candleofhope.
At the same time, pray the Lord's prayer.
We'd love to see your pictures of your window candles.
Please share them on social media and use the hashtag #candleofhope