Guildford Cathedral will host a special Beacon event as part of an international, ecumenical, prayer movement – Thy Kingdom Come – from 4-11pm on Sunday 9 June.
Organised by representatives of local Anglican and Methodist churches the event is anticipated to attract hundreds of local people to celebrate the end of Pentecost.
The family-friendly event, suitable for all ages, will feature speaker Pete Greig, award-winning author, pastor and instigator of the 24-7 Prayer movement. Bishop-elect of Southampton, Debbie Sellin will lead visitors in contemporary worship and a prayer vigil will be led by the Bishops of Guildford and Dorking.
The event will open with festival of food, fun and games – with picnic opportunities, food stalls, live music from Red House Blues and Motivation by Music Gospel Choir and a live theatrical production from Manna Ministries.
The Revd Sarah Hutton, one of the event organisers, said:
“It’s so exciting to come together once again for another Thy Kingdom Come beacon event at Guildford Cathedral.
“Each year, thousands of Christians from all backgrounds come together with the Archbishop of Canterbury to pray and this year will offer a chance for those across our diocese and beyond to gather together as a community in fun and praise.”
Guildford Cathedral is just one of a handful of Beacon events happening across the UK. It is expected thousands of churches will host Thy Kingdom Come events over the 11 days.
Thy Kingdom Come began as a simple invitation to prayer from the Archbishops of Canterbury and York in 2016, but has since blossomed into a global movement bringing together hundreds of thousands of Christians from across the globe to pray for more people to come to know the amazing love of Jesus Christ during the 11-day period from Ascension to Pentecost.
Christians, across 65 denominations and traditions, in more than 114 countries have participated in Thy Kingdom Come so far and it is hoped that this year even greater numbers of individuals, families and churches will be involved.
There is no need to book for this year’s event – just turn up and stay for as much of the event as you like.