Thy Kingdom Come is a global prayer movement which the Archbishop of Canterbury is inviting people around the world to join. The wave of prayer will start in May and run for 10 days between the Christian festivals of Ascension and Pentecost.

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

In May 2016 the Archbishops of Canterbury and York invited people to join a wave of prayer between Ascension and Pentecost. This is traditionally a time when the church focuses on prayer, just as the first disciples gathered after they had watched Jesus ascend into heaven, it says in Acts 1.14 “They all joined together constantly in prayer, along with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus…” The response in May 2016 was overwhelming as hundreds of thousands joined in from churches of many denominations and different traditions around the UK and across the world.

Prayer is the heartbeat of the Church. Asking God ‘Thy Kingdom Come’ in our time is a simple act that each of us can share. I believe that when we all share in intentional sustained prayer God will transform us, and the world we live in.

DEAN ANDREAS LOEWE

It’s not complicated – we’re simply asking people to pray in whatever way they want and with whoever they want for others to come to know Jesus Christ.

Our aims are:

  • For people to pray with God’s world-wide family from 25 May-4 June: individually, as a family or as part of a church, and together as a diocesan family at a Beacon Event at St Paul’s Cathedral on the eve of Pentecost
  • For prayer events to be held across churches in Melbourne and Geelong alongside churches in the UK and the wider world
  • For people to be transformed through prayer by the Holy Spirit, finding new confidence to be witnesses for Jesus Christ

I encourage churches across our Diocese to share in praying for people to know and love Jesus Christ. ‘Thy Kingdom Come’ provides simple, creative resources that each of us can share in – at home, in our parishes, schools and agencies. Join us in praying – in your places of ministry, and at the Beacon Event at St Paul’s, and be refreshed by the Holy Spirit.

ARCHBISHOP PHILIP FREIER

In this section of the St Paul’s Cathedral website you can find resources