Thy Kingdom Come 2018
For our '10 Days of Prayer' this year we will be following the national theme - Thy Kingdom Come (TKC).
Here is a link to the national website.
'Between Ascension and Pentecost we are seeking to pray for people to know who Jesus is. We pray for the Holy Spirit to empower every Christian, all of us, to give us a passion for sharing and witnessing to the good news that we have in Jesus Christ'
Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury
In many ways the emphasis of Thy Kingdom Come is on equipping local churches and individual Christians to pray where they are. There are many resources on the TKC website to help you to do this. We are also creating some of these resources for parishes with a local focus on our diocese. TKC is supported by churches across all denominations, so we want to encourage you to work with local ecumenical partners.
The diocese is producing three specific resources that parishes can use. These are listed below. We are asking parishes to let the Communications Team know how many of each resource they would like at no cost to parishes. If we don't hear from a parish we will simply send a minimum of 25 copies of each. The deadline for confirming print numbers is 12 March. We will then try and hand out as many of these resources as possible at the Chrism Eucharist on 26 March. Remaining resources will be posted out to parishes. Print numbers can be entered on the form here or alternatively emailed to email@example.com
- 10 Days of Prayer leaflet - gives an overview of how to get involved in TKC in the Diocese of Sheffield, with suggested readings and prayer subjects for each day
- Prayer bookmarks - ideal as a resource to hand out to people within the church that they can use as a tool to pray for people to come to know Jesus.
- Prayer wallet cards - Similar to the prayer bookmarks, but neater and easier to carry.
TKC has produced many other resources for use by individuals, churches, familes and young people. These are available to browse and purchase on the TKC resources pages.
2018 Prayer Pilgrimage from Bishop Pete
To mark the 10 Days of Prayer, Bishop Pete Wilcox will be going on a walking pilgrimage around parts of the diocese. This will cover areas he did not get to on his walking pilgrmage in the run up to his installation in September 2017. From 11-13 May he will be in Wath and Tankersley, and on 17 and 18 May he will be visiting parishes in Laughton, Attercliffe and Ecclesall. More information will be posted as timings are confirmed.
Pentecost Beacon event: Sunday 20 May in Sheffield
Building on the success of the 2017 Beacon Event, Sheffield Cathedral will again host the event from 18:00-19:30 which will see a mix of lively prayer & worship to celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit to resource and empower us. Entry to the event is free and no tickets are required. More details on this service will be posted here nearer the time.
Linking Thy Kingdom Come to Christian Aid Week
The dates for TKC & CAW coincide this year. Here are some ways you could combine them:
- If you are having a 'Big Brekkie', include Thy Kingdom Come prayer themes
- You could combine your Christian Aid street collection with a prayer walk - see link.
- If you are using prayer stations, you could include one for Christian Aid - see link for some creative ideas.