Joining with millions across the globe, hundreds of Christians from churches over the diocese of Guildford came together for a festival of prayer on Pentecost Sunday as part of the ‘Thy Kingdom Come’ prayer movement.
The family friendly event, hosted at Guildford Cathedral, included contributions from Pete Grieg, the Bishops of Guildford and Dorking alongside leaders from Methodist, Catholic, Coptic and Baptist churches.
Featuring inflatables, food, hay bales and a range of live entertainment on the Cathedral steps the day started in a festive atmosphere with a chance to pray inside the cathedral using prayer stations created by local schools.
The cathedral was later filled with prayer and praise during a contemporary worship session led by James West, Worship Leader at Christ Church Guildford.
Speaking at the event Pete Grieg, founder of the 24/7 Prayer Movement, recalled the story of DL Moody who prayed for 100 people he knew to become Christians and, after his death, saw all 100 become Christians before encouraging the congregation to pray for 5 friends to follow Christ.
After being commissioned to sharing the light of the Lord, spreading flame from a single candle, the event then concluded with a half night prayer vigil led by Bishop Jo and Bishop Andrew.
David Welch, one of the event organisers, said:
“The Archbishop of Canterbury’s invitation of praying Thy Kingdom Come has certainly been taken up! The cathedral felt alive with prayer and worship.
“The prayer festival was a wonderful opportunity to join together and engage with prayer for people of all ages from across the diocese and it was so encouraging to see so many dedicating themselves to praying for five people to get to know Jesus.”