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Thy Kingdom Come – 10 Days of Prayer from Ascension Day to Pentecost

Archbishops Justin and Sentamu have invited every Christian to be part of Thy Kingdom Come: the worldwide movement of prayer. Emma Buchan, Project Director for Thy Kingdom Come writes, “Prayer, and prayer that God would empower all Christians to show and tell of God’s love to all, is always important but maybe none more so than at this time. Whether you have been involved before or not, whether you have planned lots or not had the opportunity to yet, it’s not too late to be involved in this specially adapted Thy Kingdom Come, which started on Ascension Day running through to Pentecost Sunday.

Here are five easy ways your congregation can be involved (the second also contains some resources direct from the Archbishops to help with any online service you are hosting on Pentecost Sunday):

1. DOWNLOAD the free Thy Kingdom Come app – packed full with videos, reflections, a daily podcast from N.T. Wright and the daily prayer journal (a great start to any day) from the Apple or Android app stores, simply search for “Thy Kingdom Come Prayer” (most resources available in a range of languages);

2. RESOURCES FOR YOUR SERVICES- easily downloadable music, prayers and short Thy Kingdom Come reflections from Archbishop Sentamu and Archbishop Justin designed to be included in your own zoom, youtube, vimeo or other Pentecost service. These are available for clergy to download now here: We are also leading on the special Thy Kingdom Come morning service with the Archbishop of Canterbury at 9am on Pentecost Sunday cofe.io/ChurchOnline. Including prayers from the His Holiness Pope Francis, music lead by Matt Redman and contributions from many others.

3. JOIN – Participate in a webinar joining a time of intercessory prayer lead by Archbishop Justin Welby, Archbishop Sentamu and Cardinal Vincent Nichols on Thursday 21st May 10:30-11:00. They will be praying for a fresh outpouring of the Holy Spirit on our world today: that many might come to know the love, peace and joy that is found in Christ. If you would like to join – please register here TKC Intercessory Prayer.
This will be followed by a live Q&A from 11-11:30am with a Facebook live led by Archbishop Justin designed for those on the edges of faith where prayer is something new to them. The Archbishop will share his personal experiences of prayer and also take questions. click here The latter of these would be perfect to send a link to those interested in faith, on an Alpha course, etc.

4. SHARE the wide range of free resources available from thykingdomcome.global including a new augmented reality Family Prayer Adventure Map, a beautiful Prayer Journal, resources to host a continuous prayer room online (24/7), liturgical resources, a Journey with Mary and much more.

5. REGISTER on the website (www.thykingdomcome.global/lightuptheworld) what you are doing and where so we can encourage one another by lighting up the interactive map in prayer

When the Spirit of God came upon those waiting, watching and praying that first Pentecost, the followers of Jesus were not in the temple and they were not on the streets. They were in a home. Church buildings may have been shut but the Church has maybe never been as open, with vibrant, faith fuelled prayer in households up and down our nation and Christians mobilised to do the works of Jesus Christ as we serve and support those in our communities most in need: prayer and care hand in hand.”

As Archbishops Justin and Sentamu have said, “We’ll be taking part in what is sure to be a unique Thy Kingdom Come this year. We encourage you to join us in watching, waiting and praying, as the first Christians did, for God’s Spirit to equip and empower us to be a people who reflect the hope of Jesus in a world of need”

A guide to isolation and social distancing from those who know

Visit for www.alonetogether.org.ukonline resources offered to help people live through the coronavirus pandemic. Their special quality is that they don’t come from theories; they all come from those with experience of social distancing or isolation, people who have lived this reality either intentionally like monks and nuns or against their will like hostages or the housebound. This is a new and difficult journey for most people but experienced guides give us hope along the way. As the pandemic unfolds, more resources will be added.

Some Resources for Home Worship and Prayer

Resources from Richmond Team Ministry

click here for free Worship At Home resources for everyone (no need to subscribe). There are separate resources for families too.
http://cartoonchurch.com/
A new lockdown worksheet: ‘Staying at home’. Free for individuals and families to print off and use.
Churches – licences on a ‘what you can afford’ basis. Click here for details and to download.

Daily prayer resources from the Church of England, and links to worship apps can be found here:
https://www.churchofengland.org/prayer-and-worship/join-us-service-daily-prayer

The National Children and Youth department have assembled some resources here:
http://www.going4growth.com/growth_in_faith_and_worship/faith-in-the-home, with a Worship at Home sheet available to download.  

From Church House Publishing

Church House PublishingApps for Praying at Home or Alone

With more of us staying at home, unable to attend events or self-isolating, attendance at church services may not be possible for many people.

We are glad to say that along with our popular Daily Prayer app, we have now released Time to Pray as a FREE resource for prayer throughout the day, wherever you are.

If you’ve not already discovered our apps, why not give them a try?

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Daily Prayer: Morning, Evening and Night Prayer

Daily Prayer app

Our popular, award-winning Daily Prayer app helps you follow Morning, Evening and Night Prayer, wherever you are. It presents the three services in full with NRSV Bible readings, every day of the year.

Free to use with an internet connection or £2.99 a year for offline access.

Find out more about the Daily Prayer app


 Time to Pray: Prayer During the Day

Time to Pray app

Time to Pray presents everything you need for Prayer During the Day, with variations according to the day of the week and the season of the Church’s year.

You can use Prayer During the Day on its own, or alongside Night Prayer (also included) in a pattern of prayer at the beginning and end of each day. 

Find out more about the Time to Pray app

 
   

Junior Church Online Across the Deanery

Online Resources to Help You and Your Children Worship at Home

Visit www.going4growth.com for lots of ideas to help your children spritually
Visit www.messychurch.org.uk/resource/worship-fun-family-prayer-time for a Messy Service at home
Visit www.facebook.com/messychurchBRF for regular live Messy Church
Visit https://www.diddydisciples.org/thechurchathome for worship and storytelling resources for babies, toddlers and young children.
Click here for free resources for families to worship at home (no need to subscribe).

Junior Church Online at St Anne’s Kew

St Anne’s have recognised that school closures, restrictions on travel and new work patterns will be causing real challenges for those who care for children. Wanting to support families, St Anne’s are aiming to provide Junior Church online! The new Junior Church YouTube Channel will share a Bible story, message, activity and prayer each week for families to watch together. Participating families can sign up for an email containing a suggested activity or two, along with the link to the week’s teaching.

They are also using Zoom to get the KS2 kids together for a chat and getting the parents together too.

Contact Emily Norman (emilynorman.re@gmail.com) to find out more and see above for her introductory video.

Singing God’s Praises at St Luke’s, Kew

The children of St Luke’s are still enjoying their regular singing sessions with Mary Noyes (St Luke’s Musical Director). See below for one of her songs and visit www.stlukeskew.org/sing-your-praises for more.

Sing along with Mary to Lord of the Dance!

Visit www.stlukeskew.org/childrens-activities for a weekly activity sheet based on Sunday’s lesson. St Luke’s children are meeting via Zoom every Sunday at 10am.

Virtual Junior Church at the Barn Church, Kew

Children at the Barn Church are still gathering for Junior Church via Zoom at 10am every Sunday. They are saying hello, creating a prayer then finishing with coffee and biscuits.

Sunday Activities from Holy Trinity, Richmond

As part of the Sunday’s Worship at Home, Holy Trinity are producing a weekly children’s activity sheet (click here). Also click here for some more resources for children’s worship at home.

L.O.C.K.D.O.W.N.
is a time to:-
L-isten to God’s voice and reflect. 
O-bey His word and His teachings.
C-all on Jesus name and be calmed.
K-now what is the purpose of all this.
D-well in His presence. Do not panic.
O-ffer a prayer for everyone’s safety.
W-ait and be patient. This too shall passover.
N-uture our personal relationship with Him.

Family Home Worship from St Mary the Virgin, Mortlake

Visit stmarymortlake.org.uk/for-families for some worship ideas for children.

Online Junior Church from Richmond Team Ministry

Click here for the Richmond Team Ministry Junior Church YouTube channel with youth worker, Helen Williams. Email helen.williams@richmondteamministry.org for more details and visit www.richmondteamministry.org/youth.

Eaglets Toddler Group continues via Zoom

The Eaglets group at St John the Divine, Richmond continues with a live session by Zoom every Tuesday afternoon at 3:30pm.
All adults with babies and toddlers are welcome to joi for a  Bible story, songs and rhymes.
Email helen.williams@richmondteamministry.org if you would like to take part.

How Can Your Church Better Include People With Autism?

The Churches Together in South London Big Gathering at the beginning of May was a hugely informative and memorable event focused on how churches can better include autistic people.

The following useful resources came out of the meeting:

Cinnamon Network

Actively looking to building working relationships throughout London with churches looking to do social action. They would like to explore opportunities to offer research, advising, training, funding and strategic partnerships. For more information, have a look at the following: www.cinnamonnetwork.co.uk/what-we-do/

Friendly Places

Your church can sign up to be a Friendly Place . The focus is more on mental health, but this is still enabling churches to be more authentically inclusive. The details of this resource from Faith Action can be found here:https://www.faithaction.net/working-with-you/health-and-care/our-projects/friendly-places/

MIND

MIND’s Autism and Mental Health good practice guide is attached here.

Here is a web link with more information: https://www.mind.org.uk/about-us/our-policy-work/equality-human-rights/wellbeing-of-people-on-the-autistic-spectrum/