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Archbishop Justin to join thousands in Guildford prayer

Date: 24 May 2017

Hundreds of thousands of Christians worldwide are preparing to pray Thy Kingdom Come including a huge FREE event at Guildford Cathedral on Sunday 4 June which will be opened by Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby.

Last year more than 100,000 Christians of all denominations joined with the Archbishops of Canterbury and York to pray during the 10 days between Ascension and Pentecost. And this year, even more are expected to participate between May 25 and June 4.

Guildford Cathedral is set to welcome Archbishop Justin as it hosts its own double Thy Kingdom Come Beacon Event of an afternoon Prayer and Food Festival followed by an evening Pentecost Celebration Service - especially aimed at young people – on Sunday 4 June. Free tickets are available to book here

“I’m so grateful for the invitation to join everyone in Guildford for the event on Pentecost Sunday,” said Archbishop Justin. “In a crowd of thousands – and from such a varied array of churches across the region – I expect God to move, because God responds whenever his people call. Through this wave of prayer and longing, we seek for the Holy Spirit to fill us with new joy and confidence to share the love of Jesus.”

And there will be a live TV service on BBC1 at 10am on Pentecost Sunday with the Archbishop of Canterbury, before he travels to Guildford Cathedral for the afternoon event.

Elsewhere in the UK people will gather for 33 special beacon services in Cathedrals and thousands are preparing to pray in churches.

And Bishop of Guildford Andrew Watson, who will join the Archbishop and Bishop of Dorking Jo Wells at the event, added: “It’s wonderful to hear of many little flames of prayer being lit across the diocese in response to Thy Kingdom Come. The blaze of fire planned for the Cathedral of the Holy Spirit on Pentecost Sunday promises to be an unmissable occasion. I’ll see you there!”

Watch Bishop Jo's short welcome video below


"In a crowd of thousands – and from such a varied array of churches across the region – I expect God to move, because God responds ​whenever his people call..." - Archbishop Justin

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