St Mary’s are taking part again in the “Thy Kingdom Come” initiative launched by the Archbishop of Canterbury by praying non-stop for a week starting on Pentecost Sunday (4-11 June 2017). Slots in the Prayer Room can be booked online here. Last year we had a continuous chain of prayer 24 hours a day for a whole week, with over 80 people from St Mary’s taking part in 154 one hour slots in the prayer room. We had amazing testimonies from those involved and we encourage everyone to join in this year.
“When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place… All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit… and about three thousand were added to their number that day.” — Acts 2
24-7 prayer is not a new idea; in fact it’s as ancient as the church. For one week we will create a Prayer Room in the Bell Tower which will be a creative space, hosting continual prayer with people praying in one hour slots, to create a chain of night and day prayer. In doing so we pray that we will see the needs, priorities, hopes and hurts of our community poured out to God; Experience how the Holy Spirit makes his presence felt in a people and place; Ignite fresh faith, unity and a passion for mission through taking on this extreme challenge to seek God together.
We will start praying with the first slot at 9pm on Sunday 4th June and will finish at 9am on Sunday 11th June before the first Service. There will be lots of creative ways to pray in the room and suggestions on how to divide up an hour. We will have a stereo in the Room which you can plug an iPod into if you want to bring some Worship Music with you and we will have some ways to record and share prayers with others using the room. The idea might seem a bit daunting at first to pray for a whole hour, but there are lots of great resources we will be drawing on from the 24-7 Prayer movement and many people say once they start they can’t stop! (Read more here) This is a fantastic opportunity to come together as a church and to seek God, to pray for our church, community, friends, family and to spend time experiencing the presence of God.
24-7 Prayer is a global movement started in 1999, following a long tradition of Christian prayer, and has led to continual prayer 24 hours a day in a chain of Prayer Rooms around the world ever since. You can read more about 24-7 Prayer on their website www.24-7prayer.com.
During our week of prayer we will be joining with other churches across the UK all encouraged by Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury, to be praying in the lead up to Pentecost for God to pour out his spirit and transform our communities. You can read more about this initiative on the website www.thykingdom.co.uk .