Join the global wave of prayer - Thy Kingdom Come 2017

What is it?

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.

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.

We are inviting you to join us. In our benefice we already have a programme lined up involving all the churches together. The churches will be open every day and we will be providing guidance and suggestions for ways to pray and prayer activities.

Dates for your diary:

Ascension Day, Thurs 25th May An evening service at Woodstock Methodist Church (jointly led by Revd Adrian Daffern and Revd Alison Mares)

Sun 28th May An evening service at Woodstock Baptist Church 

Weds 31 May A special Mass at St Hugh’s Church, Woodstock

Sat 3rd June An evening celebration service at St Martin's, Bladon

Jesus prayed at the Last Supper that we, those who follow him, might ‘be one that the world might believe’. We are invited to make a lasting difference in our nations and in our world, by responding to his call to find a deep unity of purpose in prayer.
— Archbishop Justin Welby

Our aims are:

  • For people to pray with God’s world-wide family from 25 May – 4th June - individually, as a family or as part of a church
  • For prayer events to be held across churches in the UK and the world
  • For people to be transformed through prayer by the Holy Spirit, finding new confidence to be witnesses for Jesus Christ

If you would like to be involved with this initiative in any way, whether it is pledging to pray by yourself, with your family, or supporting the services and provisions of each church during this wave of prayer, get in touch with us, or you can also use the Pledge to Pray form on the Thy Kingdom Come website.

How did it begin?

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.

For 2017 the vision is even bigger. The hope is to see at least 80 per cent of Church of England churches and cathedrals taking part as well as many other denominations and the churches of the world-wide Anglican Communion. Leaders from the international Methodist church, the Free churches, the Roman Catholic Church, Pentecostal churches and several of the Eastern and Oriental Orthodox churches in the UK have all signalled their support.

This is not a CofE thing, it's not an Anglican thing, it's a Christian thing!