Churchgoers pray ‘Thy Kingdom Come’
The Diocese of Hereford is holding its first ‘beacon’ event as part of the global prayer movement, Thy Kingdom Come beginning this week.
Last year more than 100,000 Christians of all denominations joined with the Archbishops of Canterbury and York to pray during the 10 days between Ascension and Pentecost.
This year, even more are expected to participate between 25 May and 4 June.
As part of the week on Sunday 4th June hundreds of people will be gathering at Hereford Cathedral for a service of praise and prayer, centred around the Lord’s Prayer, with an address by the Bishop of Hereford, the Rt Revd Richard Frith. There will also be activities on offer for children in Cathedral Close, run by Messy Church groups and plenty of opportunities for children to join in the service. People can show their interest in coming along on a Facebook event page set up by Hereford Diocese.
Christians of other denominations are also involved and Herefordshire Churches Together is supporting the event.
The event which runs from 14.30 until 18.15 (with a bring your own picnic in the middle) is free of charge and open to all. Those coming are asked to wear something red if they can (traditionally worn at Pentecost to represent fire) and churches are making and bringing pennants or flags to carry.
The Bishop of Hereford, the Rt Revd Richard Frith said: "We hope many people of all ages will come to the Cathedral on 4th June to look afresh at the Lord's Prayer, through songs, stories, drama, food and fun, as we pray together ‘Thy Kingdom Come’.”
The service at Hereford Cathedral is among 33 in Cathedrals across the country with thousands more people preparing to pray in their own churches.
The Dean of Hereford, the Very Reverend Michael Tavinor is also making his #Pledge2Pray as part of the week by hosting a pilgrimage walk ‘In the Steps of St Ethelbert from Marden to Hereford. He will give a guided talk along the route and there will be regular prayer stops.
As well as the main event at Hereford Cathedral many churches and other groups are holding their own events, including prayer walks, craft sessions and 24/7 prayer rooms.