As Pentecost Sunday dawns the Winchester area is drawing to a close a season of prayer and celebration which it is hoped will have a long lasting affect on the city and it’s people.
Thy Kingdom Come is a national initiative mixing local prayer with ‘beacon’ celebration events in Cathedrals as a focus this Pentecost.
Answering a call from the Archbishop of Canterbury for a ‘wave’ of prayer across the UK, churches throughout Winchester Diocese have been praying in creative and committed ways. Many churches have been hosting 24-7 Prayer rooms over the ‘Novena’ period leading up to Pentecost. Other creative ideas include a Clock of Prayer in Lyndhurst, Cafe Nero prayers in Romsey and Prayer Walks in Alton.
In Winchester, the Cathedral has hosted prayer stations for the last nine days with many visitors stopping to reflect, write prayers and join in.
The Bishop of Basingstoke, Rt Rev David Williams said “It’s encouraging to see the way people from parishes across the diocese have taken up this call to prayer with such enthusiasm. Pentecost celebrates the coming of the Holy Spirit and the start of the Church’s mission to the world. We will be recapturing something of what happened on that first Pentecost Sunday as Christians across the diocese pray for the confidence to share the good news in the 21st century.”
These times of prayer come to a celebratory conclusion on Sunday 15th May at 7pm with the Thy Kingdom Come Beacon event at Winchester Cathedral. Led by the Bishop with Carla Harding from 24-7 Prayer and worship leader Matt Redman, a large crowd is expected with an overflow screen outside the Cathedral.
We’ll report on what happens but if you’re going why not tweet @CTWinch and let us know.