Free, hard copy, resources will be available at the Maundy Thursday Service in addition to the links to the Thy Kingdom Come website for clergy to collect and distribute to their congregations and church schools in their parish/benefice to participate in Thy Kingdom Come 2019. These are:
The Prayer Journal – a brand new A6 booklet which takes a different theme for each day and provides a simple way of praying under that day’s theme for your friends. For each day there are Bible verses, suggestions and quotes to inspire you in your prayer. Drawing on some of the wealth of ancient traditions of our faith, this small booklet is a great way for people to journey with God through these 11 days and works well for ages from late teens to seniors.
The Novena – again, A6 in size, designed for nine days of prayer, known as ‘Novena’, between Ascension and Pentecost. Each page has art to reflect on with devotional guidance, a Bible passage and prayer.
The Family Adventure Prayer Map is available free of charge to over 300,000 school children. But we need your practical help and advocacy to encourage churches and schools to make the most of this wonderful opportunity. Launched at General Synod in February as part of House of Bishops report, Growing Faith, it’s a colourful, engaging and interactive map designed for households to complete together each of the eleven days. It folds to A5 and opens to A2, there are stickers and activities each day. We have enough to give a free copy to every child in Years 4, 5 and 6 in every Church of England school (with the option to purchase more for community schools, churches and other year groups). You as clergy are encouraged to contact schools in your parish/benefice to give them out (there are accompanying assembly resources coming). These resources would also be suitable for church groups and families.
Although these resources are free, please note the Diocese has a limited number, so take only as many as you think will be used; The booklets will also be available to download from the Diocesan website along with other features and resources for Thy Kingdom Come 2019 in the coming weeks leading up to Ascension Day.