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Thy Kingdom Come across the diocese

From the 25th May to the 4th June, churches across the diocese joined in with the global wave of prayer initiated by the Archbishop of Canterbury called Thy Kingdom Come. Many churches held prayer evenings and special events across the ten days between Ascension and Pentecost.

The Revd Imogen Nay from St Andrew's, Rugby, Gemma North from All Saints, Harbury and Toby Leek from St Paul's, Leamington write about how their churches celebrated Thy Kingdom Come

St Andrew's, Rugby

St Andrew's Church began the novena with silent prayer before our Choral Eucharist service for Ascension Day. During the week people were invited to pray using some of the #thykingdomcome prayer resources. We had a Peace and Reconciliation textile exhibition in church along with some decorative prayer banners. Due to the recent terrorist attack in Manchester we also invited people to pray for peace and write in our memorial book for the victims. Pentecost Sunday was a day of great celebration both at our morning service (where everyone was invited to wear some red) and at our Family Service. 

All Saints, Harbury and All Saints, Ladbroke

All Saints, Harbury and All Saints, Ladbroke joined together in this outpouring of prayer. Those who came to the events and prayers we held were greatly moved. There was laughter and tears. Thy Kingdom Come happened at such a seminal time in our nation's life with outpourings of love and generosity, demonstrating the best of our country with many acts of Christianity in action. But also whilst we prayed for our own, we were aware that for some in our broken world, this is daily life. From this time of praying "Thy Kingdom Come", we are hoping to have a permanent prayer corner, with many people contributing to it in terms of prayer and support, to grow the prayer life in  our churches. So we are hoping and praying that Thy Kingdom Come has started something in our Church family, and did not end at Pentecost.

St Paul's Leamington

The 7th annual Praise in the Park took place on Sunday 4th June, a regular fixture in the calendar of Churches Together in Leamington. The event is truly inter-denominational with numerous churches from across the local area coming to help out and attend the event. Setup started under a blue sky in the local park at 7am, where a stage and sound system were erected by a cheerful group of volunteers from St Paul's. Praise in the Park started at 11am (despite some rain!) with lively worship and children's action songs before several town wide Christian charities were introduced. Prayers included a Mexican wave with the congregation responding ‘Thy Kingdom Come”. The main speaker was James Lawrence from the Church Pastoral Aid Society (CPAS) who gave a very encouraging talk highlighting the importance of the Thy Kingdom Come campaign. With the crowd swelling to almost one thousand people, it was a great success in bringing Christians together to pray for the local area.