The Wave of Prayer – Thy Kingdom Come
You too can join in the global wave of prayer happening between Ascension Day and Pentecost 2017. Thy Kingdom Come aims to unite Christians around the world to pray throughout those 10 days. They’re urging us to pray for others to know the love of Jesus. It is also an opportunity for us to pray for our villages and nation – that all maybe more receptive and more aware of God’s love for them.
On Ascension Day, Thursday 27th May, 7.30pm, our Ascension Day Eucharist will launch 10 days of prayer throughout the Bishops Waltham Deanery for Thy Kingdom Come, and will be taking place at the beautiful church of St James in Southwick, PO17 6EF. It includes gathered choirs from across the Deanery and a guest preacher, Canon Graham Morris from All Saint Church, Ryde. The service starts with festival fireworks from the church tower, and concludes with nibbles and drinks. All are very welcome to join us. It will be fantastic to see you there! There is plenty of parking in the village.
From Friday 26th May until Saturday 3rd June, excluding Sunday 28th, there will be midday prayer at each of our three churches. The session will last approximately 15 minutes. Please do pop in to your church. This is an excellent opportunity to pray for your village and country.
There is also a Curdridge Prayer walk on Saturday 27th. We will be praying more widely than just for the village….covering in prayer generally things like safety when travelling, conservation, dementia, the lonely and housebound, new housing in area, Botley bypass and much more as well as village specifics.
There are two walks. Morning walkers gather in St. Peter’s church at 9.15, leaving at 9.30. This walk takes in woodland and fields and involves stiles. Some of the walk is part of the Good Friday walk route. It is possible to join the walk at 10 outside the Cricketers pub. Return to church around 11.30 for coffee and midday prayers.
Afternoon walk. Gather in church at 12.45, leaving at 1.00. It is possible to join this walk at The Railway Inn around 2.30 where we will be stopping for refreshment! The last leg of the walk has a full and varied prayer agenda but is not too far for those for whom walking is more difficult. We plan to be back at St. Peter’s church about 3.30.
People who wish to do both walks should bring their lunch to eat in church after midday prayers.
Children under 14 should be accompanied by an adult.
From Monday 29th midday prayer until Tuesday 30th midday prayer. There will be a continuous 24 hours of prayer for BCD in the Maffey Room, All Saints’ Botley. Please do sign on the volunteer sheet in each of our churches if you can give an hour or more to be there to host, so that it does not end up with just one person leading. There will be a variety of resources available to inspire your prayers.
Pentecost – June 4th will round up this 10 days of prayer. Please make a special effort to come to your church for one of the services to be part of this very special celebration. The services in the morning will be followed by a free BBQ, bonfire and fireworks hosted by Curdridge starting at 6pm. Bring your own drinks. All members from our 3 churches are very welcome. The more the merrier!