On Pentecost Sunday over 800 Christians gathered to worship at a festival of prayer in Guildford Cathedral as part of the global wave of prayer Thy Kingdom Come.
The family-friendly event, organised by local Anglican, Catholic and Methodist churches, included contributions from the Bishops of Guildford and Dorking and Father Nael Rahmoun from the Diocese of Jerusalem.
The festival of prayer included two periods of worship, an opening Taizé-style prayer service and a contemporary closing worship led by Sean Skinner, Youth Pastor at St Paul’s Howell Hill.
Throughout the afternoon 19 prayer stations, ranging from a Holy Spirit Bar to Coptic Traditions and Icons, were open for visitors to explore, learning new methods of prayer.
Speaking during the closing worship the Bishop of Guildford said:
“I have been praying Thy Kingdom Come since I first became a Christian at the age of 13. That’s 43 years of praying Thy Kingdom Come and when we do we are praying for God’s kingdom to come, one free from the pain of injustice.
“I am thrilled to see so many today filled with that vision andcommitment to realising God’s Kingdom here on earth.”
During the closing service visitors were given a pack to help share their faith with friends before being commissioned with a stamp to go and share the good news. Those who take up this challenge are encouraged to post a photo of them sharing their faith on Instagram and Twitter under #ShareTheNewsGFD.
The Revd Debbie Sellin, one of the event organisers, said:
“I’m overjoyed by the festival of prayer. It was such an amazing event, and a prayerful event.
“We had a wonderful crowd, a range of ages, moving worship at both ends of the day and most importantly hundreds of people engaging with prayer.
“The sun even shone! It has been a joy to see the reaction to the festival and in particular the commissioning stamp. I can’t wait to see how people share the Good News with their friends, colleagues and families.”
See more images from the day on Flickr.