Archbishops invitation to ten days of prayer

Published: Monday October 3, 2016

Joining with the family of God the Father to pray 'Come Holy Spirit', that we may be effective witnesses to Jesus Christ. The Archbishops of Canterbury and York are inviting every parish, fresh expression of Church, school, chaplaincy, retreat house, and praying community to join in ten days of prayer for evangelism and witness in the run up to Pentecost 2017.

Thy Kingdom Come: 25th May – 4th June 2017

Archbishop Justin and Archbishop Sentamu write, "We are writing in the hope that you and those whom you serve in Christ's name might share with us in prayer between Ascension Day and Pentecost 2017 for the witness of Christians in this country. The aim is simple and threefold:

  • To join in prayer with the whole family of God the Father
  • To pray for the empowering of God the Holy Spirit
  • That we may be effective witnesses to God the Son, Jesus Christ.

They continue, "We show our faith and trust in God in prayer. It is in prayer that God takes hold of our lives and works through us in ways we can barely imagine possible. Our praying is particularly transformative when it is done in the company of others. Jesus prayed at the Last Supper that we, those who follow him, might 'be one that the world might believe.' There is an invitation then, to make a lasting difference in our nation and in our world, by responding to his call to find a deep unity of purpose in prayer."

 Earlier this year more than 100,000 Christians joined in over 3,000 events and services in churches and Christian communities across England to pray for our witness to Jesus Christ and those we seek to reach in Thy Kingdom Come 2016.  Flagship 'Beacon Events' packed out a number of Cathedrals (with over 300,000 people watching online) and there is no knowing how many individuals played their part with prayer at home. There was commitment from churches across the full diversity of Anglican parishes and in 2017 it is hoped this will grow internationally and across all denominations and streams.


The Archbishops have written to every clergyperson in England to ask them if they would consider being part of this. 

Watch a three minute video from Archbishop Justin and some of those involved in 2016 sharing how God worked:


 Will you stand with the Archbishops and countless Christians around the world in praying that the Holy Spirit will empower us to be more effective witnesses to Jesus Christ?

The hope is that every parish, fresh expression of Church, school, chaplaincy, retreat house, and praying community will take part in some way. For some that might be hosting special prayer events, prayer rooms, holiday clubs or the like.  For others it might be using the wide range of resources that will be available (like the 'pray for five' bracelets) to encourage individual prayer. For others it might mean working with other sisters and brothers in hosting your own 'beacon event'.  Whatever it is, please consider joining in this global movement of prayer.

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