Thy Kingdom Come is a global call to prayer from Ascension Day, 13th May to Pentecost 23rd May.
Here at Chelmsford Cathedral we are turning the nave into a large prayer space for the whole Diocese.
Each day at 12 noon, there will be prayers for one Archdeaconry in the Diocese, led by a member of the cathedral ministry team. They will be livestreamed each day on the Cathedral's Facebook page. Alongside prayers, there will be a prayer station idea for you to take part in at any time, if you visit the Cathedral, but equally, you can use these ideas at home and join with us in praying for the Diocese.
On Ascension Day there will be a short service from the Cathedral at 2pm with Bishop Guli and the Dean, The Very Revd Nicholas Henshall.
Throughout the week, prayers will be led daily at 12 noon. Please see below for more details.
On Sunday 23rd May (Pentecost), Bishop Guli and Nicholas Henshall will livestream a short service from the Pleshey Retreat House before walking the Pilgrimage route to Chelmsford Cathedral. They will arrive in time for Choral Eucharist at 3.30pm which everyone is warmly invited to attend (subject to current covid restrictions). This service will also be livestreamed and you will be able to watch it directly from the website here.
The Archdeacon of Stansted is Robin King. The archdeaconry covers Saffron Walden, Dunmow and Stansted, Braintree and Hinckford. Prayers led by Canon Imogen Nay.
Prayer station: Yellow ribbons were traditionally tied to branches to welcome home people from overseas. Stansted Archdeaconry has asked for prayer for the many churches planning to welcome people back to church and to the many events held in their buildings. They are looking forward to restarting many of the community groups, from coffee mornings to prayer groups, from lunch clubs to fellowship groups. Can you find something yellow and tie it to a plant in your garden, or hang it from a hook in your house, to remind you to pray for the safe reopening of church activities in the Stansted Archdeaconry and being able to welcome people back to church.
The Archdeacon of Harlow is Vanessa Herrick. The area contains Epping Forest, Ongar and the town of Harlow itself. Prayers led by The Very Revd Nicholas Henshall.
Prayer station: There are many amazing projects taking place in the Archdeaconry of Harlow to support local communities and one such project is Eco church. Epping Forest also lies in the Harlow Archdeaconry. In the Cathedral are some sticks and twine for you to create your own eco-cross. Use it to remind you to pray for all the projects in the Archdeaconry of Harlow. You could also make your own when out on a walk in your local park.
The Archdeacon of West Ham is Elwin Cockett. The area contains the London Boroughs of Newham, Redbridge and Waltham Forest. Prayers are led by Revd Jackie-Dee Thornton.
Prayer station: During the pandemic, many people have suffered hardship both physical and emotional. One of the many projects in the West Ham Archdeaconry that has reached out to people is the food bank and pop-up shop run by St Margaret's Leytonstone. Write the initials of a person or group that you know have been working hard to help others and pray for them and projects throughout West Ham as they continue to serve God.
The Archdeacon of Barking is Chris Burke. It area contains the London districts of Barking and Havering. Prayers are led by The Very Revd Nicholas Henshall.
Prayer station: In the Barking Archdeaconry there are many new building developments emerging with a large number of new residential communities in places such as Marksgate, Romford, Barking Riverside and Beam Park. Create some garden plant markers out of lolly sticks or wood and write the names of these new residential areas on them. Put them in a plant pot in your garden or on your windowsill to remind you to pray for these new communities too and the churches welcoming them into the area. We will be doing the same in the Cathedral, throughout Thy Kingdom Come.
The Archdeacon is Mike Lodge and the area covers Southend-on-Sea, Hadleigh, Thurrock, Basildon and Rochford. Prayers led by Canon Alison Kennedy.
Prayer station: The Archdeaconry of Southend has a long coastline! If you live near a beach, why not pick up five stones or five shells and pray for five people or projects in the area. If you go into the Cathedral, we have simple bracelets you can pick up. Tie five knots in them and use them as a reminder to pray.
The Archdeacon of Chelmsford is Elizabeth Snowden; the area covers Maldon and the Dengie, Chelmsford South and North and Brentwood. Prayers led by Canon Ivor Moody.
Prayer station: Bradwell Chapel is in the Archdeaconry of Chelmsford and was built by Cedd in 654 on a mission to convert people to Christianity. It is the oldest Church still in use in the UK today. See if you can find a piece of netting or maybe you could knit or crochet or plait string or wool to look like rope. As you work, pray for all churches in the Archdeaconry of Chelmsford as they work to bring people to faith through the many services, groups and courses taking place each week. Pray that those they encounter, hear about the love of God and His power to change lives.
The Archdeacon of Colchester is Ruth Patten. The area covers Colchester, Harwich, Witham and St Osyth. Prayers are led by Canon Imogen Nay.
Prayer station: Within the Archdeaconry of Colchester lies the port of Harwich. We pray for the smooth running of business and movement of people. Take a glass of warm water and drop a small dissolvable tablet or bath bomb in it. As it dissolves, pray for the coastal towns in the Archdeaconry of Colchester. Pray also for those across the whole area who feel there are issues that stop them from knowing God. As the tablet dissolves, pray that these issues might dissolve too and that the people named in your heart will come to know God.
The Diocese of Chelmsford is the second largest in the Church of England. It covers the whole of the County of Essex and the five East London Boroughs. It has a population of nearly 2.8 million and comprises over 500 parishes. It is served by 460 ordained ministers and nearly 300 Readers and other lay workers. The Diocese is divided into three Episcopal Areas (Barking, Bradwell and Chelmsford) each one led by an Area Bishop. Bishop Peter Hill (Barking), Bishop John Perumbalath (Bradwell) and Bishop Roger Morris (Colchester). The Diocesan Bishop of Chelmsford is Bishop Gulnar Francis-Dehqani. Prayers are being led by The Dean, Nicholas Henshall.
Prayer station: As part of the national initiative, we are being encouraged to pray for the world. In the Cathedral, throughout Thy Kingdom Come, there will also be a map of the Diocese and you are welcome to come in and add a star to the place you worship in the Diocese, so we can pray for you too.
Alongside the prayer stations, there are resoucres from the National Thy Kingdom Come programme which you are welcome to take away. The Church of England has a lot of other resources and prayer ideas for you to use with your family, church or community. Click here to access them.