Announcing Thy Kingdom Come Trafalgar Square Beacon Event
Tue, 04/02/2019 – 14:37
Trafalgar Square is being turned into #TrafalgarPrayer on Pentecost Sunday 9th June, as thousands of Christians from across London unite in prayer and worship.
The event marks the culmination of Thy Kingdom Come 2019, the annual prayer campaign in which Christians are invited to pray for their friends & family to know Jesus Christ.
One of the most iconic public spaces in the UK, will be set apart for Christians to pray for & wait on the empowering of the Holy Spirit.
It starts at 12 noon, where there will be a fun, high energy worship festival with traditional and modern music. Grammy award winning singer-songwriter Matt Redman is performing, along with Kingdom Choir, made famous by their outstanding performance at the wedding of the Duke & Duchess of Sussex last year. Plus, singer-songwriter Lou Fellingham will also be performing, as well as Sounds of New Wine, the winner of the 2019 Premier Gospel, Best Newcomer Award.
From 12 (noon) to 4pm: There will be family-friendly activities including: face painting, children’s entertainment & comedy, prayer workshops/ tents to suit different traditions & styles. Plus, 24/7 Prayer, Prayer Spaces in Schools & Messy Church will also be there offering creative ways to engage in prayer.
There will also be plenty of food stalls with cuisine from different parts of the world reflecting the cultural diversity of London!
From 4-6pm: Main service with worship, Bible readings, prayers & contributions from church leaders including Archbishop Justin Welby, Bishop of London Sarah Mullally DBE, along with Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Archbishop Angaelos, Revd Trey Hall & Pastor Agu Irukwu.
Bishop of London Sarah Mullally DBE, who said: “This is a wonderful opportunity for Christians to gather together in an iconic part of our great city to worship Christ, to seek his will and to pray for his kingdom to come.
“It was humbling to join the huge numbers that assembled at the Cathedral last year. I look forward to seeing what God will do in the lives of many through the fun and fellowship in Trafalgar Square this year.”
Last year saw churches from over 65 denominations in 114 countries taking part in the 11 days of prayer, from Anglicans to Roman Catholics, and Orthodox to Methodists. This year even larger numbers are expected to take part.
Frequently asked questions
Who is taking part?
All Christian denominations and their church leaders will be taking part, including: Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, Archbishop of Westminster Vincent Nichols, Archbishop Angaelos, Coptic Orthodox Archbishop of London, The Reverend Trey Hall, Methodist Church Director of Evangelism & Growth, Dame Sarah Mullally, Bishop of London, & Pastor Agu Irukwu, chair of the Redeemed Christian Church of God UK.
What can I do before I come?
As we wait upon the essential empowering of the Holy Spirit, we encourage you to pray for five friends, family members, or colleagues, for whom our greatest hope is that they come to know the transforming love of God in Jesus Christ. Also please print this poster and let your church, friends & family know all about it.
What can I bring with me?
Glass bottles, stickers & balloons are prohibited.
How did it all begin?
Among Jesus’ last words to his followers was to ‘wait for the gift my Father promised’. The time between Ascension & Pentecost has always been given by some to exactly this. In 2016 Thy Kingdom Come began with a simple invitation to prayer from the Archbishops of Canterbury & York to the clergy & worshipping communities of the Church of England & beyond, & it has grown into a global event for all Christian denominations.
What is Pentecost?
It was on the feast of Pentecost, 50 days after Jesus Christ’s resurrection & 10 days following his Ascension, that the gift of the promised Holy Spirit filled the first disciples. The gathered group spilled out into the streets & public square of Jerusalem & Jesus’ promise was proved true -the Holy Spirit empowered the followers of Jesus to be witnesses. As we gather in this public space we pray that the same Holy Spirit would be poured out on us all that we will witness effectively to the God whose loves changes the world.