Hundreds of Christians are set to gather for special Beacon Event to celebrate global prayer movement

16th May 2018

Sheffield Cathedral will be hosting a special Beacon event this weekend to celebrate as part of an international, ecumenical, prayer movement – Thy Kingdom Come.

Organised by the Cathedral and the Diocese of Sheffield, on Sunday 20 May at 6pm we are hoping to attract hundreds of local people to mark the occasion, which also falls on Pentecost.

The family-friendly event includes a mix of lively prayer and worship.  In 2017, the event was a great success, with many people from the city joining in. This year, Pete Wilcox, Bishop of Sheffield, is preaching, and there will be a worship band led by Beth Stout and Laurence Keith.  No tickets are required with churches encouraged to bring groups along.

Revd Beth Keith, one of the event organisers, said:

“We did this event last year and didn’t really know what to expect – but it was wonderful.  Hundreds of people came and it really felt like a celebratory atmosphere.  We are planning for this year to have exactly the same feel – and we have our new Bishop to lead us!”

Bishop Pete Wilcox said:

“Thy Kingdom Come has become a fantastic international prayer movement. It provides an excellent opportunity for us to join and focus on prayer for the sharing of the good news, and the making of new disciples in our diocese and beyond.”

Sheffield Cathedral is just one of many Beacon events happening across the UK. It is expected hundreds/thousands of churches will be host events in honour of Thy Kingdom Come over the 11 days.

Thy Kingdom Come, began as a simple invitation to prayer from the Archbishops of Canterbury and York in 2016, but has since blossomed into a global movement bringing together hundreds of thousands of Christians from across the globe to pray for more people to come to know the amazing love of Jesus Christ during the 11-day period from Ascension to Pentecost.

In 2017 alone, more than 85 countries – ranging from Canada to Australia, South Sudan to Japan - took part and it is hoped that this year, even greater numbers of individuals, families and churches will be involved.

Notes to editors

The free event will take place at: Sheffield Cathedral, Church Street, Sheffield, S1 1HA on Sunday 20 May at 6pm.

No tickets are required, people are invited to just arrive on the day bringing groups with them.

Pentecost is a Christian holy day that celebrates the coming of the Holy Spirit 40 days after Easter.

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