This year, Ascension Day is 21st May and Pentecost is 31st May, when we celebrate the events described in the Bible in the first two chapters of the Acts of the Apostles. Over the centuries, many Christian traditions have used this period from Ascension Day to Pentecost for prayerful anticipation and preparation for the coming of the Holy Spirit that we celebrate at Pentecost.
In 2016 the Archbishops of Canterbury and York launched an initiative called “Thy Kingdom Come” calling Christians to use this period to pray by name that five people, whom they know, may come to know the love of God in Jesus. Thy Kingdom Come quickly became multi-denominational and spread around the world. In Britain it is fully supported by the Methodist church and last year, 2019, we organised a full day prayer event at London Road. As we cannot meet in person this year, we invite you to join together in praying the Lord’s Prayer at 9:00am every day from Ascension Day to Pentecost inclusive.
For Thy Kingdom Come this year we have a Methodist prayer journal written by the current Methodist Youth President, Thelma Commey entitled "Jesus loves all”. It has readings and reflections for all 11 days and is available as a pdf file to download here: https://www.methodist.org.uk/our-faith/prayer/thy-kingdom-come/thy-kingdom-come-resources/
An app for a smartphone is also available from Apple and Google - go to the appropriate app store and search for “Thy Kingdom Come”. This year’s edition of the app offers for each day a short video of comments from a variety of Christians, a Bible reading, a reflection, an audio podcast from NT Wright and other material as well.
Further information and resources are available from https://www.thykingdomcome.global.
God bless you during this Ascension period as we pray together: Thy kingdom come.
Every Year Methodist Insurance gives awards to church volunteers who have been nominated by their local churches for the work they do. Eleven Regional Winners are chosen by a judging panel and there is then an online vote and a further judging panel to choose the National Winner. We were very pleased to hear that Jane and David Casey from our church had been chosen as Regional Winners for the Southern & Islands region and you can read a bit about them and what they do in our March Bulletin.
Voting closes on 15 July and we would obviously be very pleased if you thought Jane and David would be worthy National Winners and voted for them. You can read about all the other Regional Winners and choose who you want to vote for by visiting the Methodist Insurance website (https://www.methodistinsurance.co.uk/volunteerawards/). There is a voting button at the end of the description for each Regional Winner which allows you to vote for them.