24 hour prayer relays. Community prayer boards. Pop-up prayer stations. Just some of the wonderful ways in which people in Cumbria have come together in prayer for the evangelisation of communities through Thy Kingdom Come during the last week.
Thy Kingdom Come 2017 has been a little different for us in Cumbria – with people coming together in prayer from 4 to 11 June.
And as we prepare for Moving Mountains 2018, so we’ve asked that people hold that mission in their prayers as part of this year’s event. We’ve said from the outset that this mission has got to be rooted in prayer and so this has been a wonderful opportunity for thousands of people to come together to do just that.
Let’s have a look at just some of the prayer initiatives which have been taking place.
Ambleside – St Mary’s
Barrow St Mark’s
As part of a wave of prayer across Barrow and Walney Island, a Prayer House was opened at St Mark’s on General Election Day.
Binsey Team Mission Community
Welcome and Prayer Days were held at St Michael’s Torpenhow and St Bega’s Bassenthwaite. People were welcomed with refreshments and were encouraged to spend time in prayer. Prayer stations were available with people also able to take away prayer resources and materials.
Wednesday 7 June was a day of prayer for St Martin’s Church and the benefice of Eden Gelt Irthing. The church opened from 7am to 7pm for people to come and pray for half an hour on their own. There were also gathered prayer times as well. Material to help people make the most of the time they have in church was provided.
People wrote comments on prayer ‘graffiti boards’ which were set up and on Wednesday came together during the Iona Eucharist for Justice and Peace, to pray for those people affected by the terrorist attacks in London and Manchester.
Carlisle St James
A prayer space was opened up at the Cornerstone cafe in Denton Holme. Click below to hear more from the Rev’d Simon Bickersteth about what was planned. Prayers were also said at a special event at St James on the eve of the General Election.
Cockermouth Area Team
A daily programme of prayer began with an Ascension Day Communion Service followed by prayer stations at All Saint’s, Cockermouth. This then moved to a roving pattern of daily/evening hours of prayer across the mission community (including a prayer breakfast) and culminating in a session on 8 June at Brigham Methodist Church.
Criffel View Mission Community (Maryport and surrounding area)
A Prayer Spaces evening – based around the Lord’s Prayer – was held at St. Mary’s Church, Maryport, ending with a brief service together.
Kendal – St George’s
The church was open from 10am to 6pm each day from 25 May to 4 June, offering everyone an opportunity to engage with God in peace and quiet as they make their way around the eight prayer stations, each reflecting a phrase from the Lord’s Prayer. with further engagement in the week of prayer from 4 to 11 June.
Keswick – Crosthwaite Church
Morning prayers were held with opportunity to reflect on ourselves, families and our Christian families as well as praying for Keswick Mission Community and Moving Mountains. The church was also open from 7am to 10pm on General Election day as a place of peace, prayer and fellowship.
People were invited to engage with daily reflective questions and prayer boards around the town (outside the Diocese’s offices, Penrith Methodist Church, St Andrew’s Church, the town’s Tourist Information Centre). A 24/1 prayer relay was held at Penrith OpShop and there were daily pop-up community prayer activities with people invited to write prayers and reflections for a prayer tree and chalk their hopes for the nation on a town centre pavement.
We would encourage people to continue to use the Thy Kingdom Come Prayer materials which are available on our resources page.