The ten days of celebration, prayer and witness takes place this year between 13 and 23 May.
After the very first Ascension Day, Christ’s disciples gathered to pray and wait for the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost and, over the centuries, Christians have used this period to pray in the same way. Thy Kingdom Come was started in 2016 by the Archbishops of Canterbury and York as a global prayer movement, inviting us to light up the world with prayer for families, friends and communities to experience the love of God. Since then, it has become a truly worldwide event gaining the support of church leaders across the globe.
Last year it culminated in a truly interdenominational on-line service lead by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, with contributions from Pope Francis, the heads of the Pentecostal and Coptic Orthodox Churches in London and many others.
We are encouraged to use this time to:
- Deepen our relationship with Jesus Christ
- Pray for 5 friends or family to come to faith in Jesus
- Pray for the Holy Spirit to empower us as we share our faith with others
Here’s how we can get involved:
Visit the Thy Kingdom Come website, watch the short introduction video and join with thousands of other Christians and pledge to pray.
- Download the Thy Kingdom Come App (or the 2020 version can be easily updated simply by opening it and following the Update link which comes up) so you can join in through your phone.
- Pledge2Pray: Add your star to the map and Light Up the World in Prayer!
- In Oxshott, as you take your daily exercise around the village use the time to pray for your 5 friends and family and for others that you meet on your route. Also ask God to show you anything else he wants you to pray for.
- Look out for our two Prayer Trees, one in the High Street opposite the pedestrian crossing and the other on the corner of Kenilworth Avenue and Steels Lane. We encourage you to stop and use these trees to thank God for all he has done for us, to remember a loved one, or to request prayers for yourself and others. Simple ways to do so will be given and explained. You can also email your requests to .
Here at St Andrew’s, please join us for the following events:
- A short event to launch TKC on Wednesday 12 May, 8pm on zoom.
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- Thursday 13 – Sunday 23 May, Daily Prayer at 9am: a half-hour meeting via zoom for prayer and reflection using the TKC Novena booklets, including Ascension and Pentecost. (Copies are available free of charge from the Church Office or may be downloaded from Thy Kingdom Come).
- On Saturday 15 May, our Daily Prayer at 9am will be incorporated in a ‘Super-zoom Breakfast’ led by Andrew and Ruth Burns. This will combine the day’s Novena meditation with a time of fellowship with others in our church family.
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As we have done for a number of years we are setting aside a special time to pray for our local businesses and shops, schools and community groups. Join us for either or both of these two prayer events as we walk ‘virtually’ through our village on zoom:
- Tuesday 18 May, 10.30am – Schools & Community Groups
Download the Schools and Community Walk Map
- Wednesday 19 May, 2.15pm – Businesses and Shops
And our children and young people are not forgotten either. Both Bevendean and Royal Kent School are keen to participate through their own version of the Prayer Trees and a range of family resources and creative ideas for prayer will be posted via our StAks@home page.