Since its launch by the Archbishop of Canterbury in 2016, Thy Kingdom Come has become a major event in the Christian calendar, with participation by many groups and Churches in the UK – and in 170 countries around the world. Thy Kingdom Come builds on the Biblical passage Acts 1:12-14, which details how, following Jesus’ Ascension, the group of 120 believers prayed constantly over nine days for the coming of the Holy Spirit to enable them to witness to Jesus (Acts 1:8), with the result that, when the Holy Spirit was outpoured on the Day of Pentecost, 3,000 people were baptised (Acts 2:1-41).
Thy Kingdom Come encourages prayer for the coming of the Holy Spirit to empower the Church to witness to the risen Christ, with the result that many people will come to faith in him. This vision is as relevant today as it was in the days immediately following Jesus’ resurrection and ascension! Thy Kingdom Come 2021 runs from Ascension Day (Thursday 13 May) to Pentecost Sunday (23 May) inclusive.
The Thy Kingdom Come website (Link HERE) contains many excellent resources to enable children, young people and adults to engage in prayer. These include:
+ The Cheeky Pandas, a fun-filled, eleven-part series of videos for children, featuring the Archbishop of Canterbury, Bear Grylls, Steve and Charlotte Gambill and the Cheeky Pandas, all accompanied by downloadable activity packs (Link HERE).
+ A 28-page, illustrated Prayer Journal, free to download HERE.
+ A series of eleven video Youth Reflections, from young influential Christians across different spheres of influence, including Guvna B, former professional Rugby League player Jamie Jones-Buchanan and worship leader Elle Limebear (Link HERE).
+ A 28-page, illustrated Prayer Journey through the Psalms, free to download HERE.
+ A guide to setting up Covid-safe Prayer Stations, free to download HERE.
+ A free app containing a fully interactive Family Prayer Adventure Map (Link HERE).
A new video of the 2016 song ‘We seek your kingdom’ has been chosen as the 2021 theme song for the Thy Kingdom Come season. Watch the video and read the backstory to the song via THIS LINK.