Thy Kingdom Come

Thy Kingdom Come is a Church of England initiative that thousands of churches will be taking part in. This year, St. Peter and St. Paul’s, your parish church, will be joining in, aiming to introduce a rhythm of prayer into the life of the church and community, to provide opportunities for everyone to explore and grow in prayer and to keep the doors of the church open during the day.

The background to Thy Kingdom Come

In the church calendar we are now looking forward to Ascension Day (May 30th) and Pentecost (June 9th). Ascension Day is when, as recorded in the Bible, Jesus left this earth to take his place in heaven with God, and as he did so, promised his friends, the disciples, that he would send a comforter (meaning his own Spirit) to be with them, and at Pentecost we celebrate the day when that comforter or Holy Spirit made his presence known.

From the first two chapters of the book of Acts in the Bible:

"You will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you will be my witnesses …to the ends of the earth. When he had said this…he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight…Then they returned to Jerusalem … and were constantly devoting themselves to prayer… When the day of Pentecost had come they were all together in one place... All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit... and that day about three thousand persons were added."

After the very first Ascension Day the disciples gathered with Mary, and constantly devoted themselves to prayer while they waited for the outpouring of the promised Holy Spirit. They understood that on their own they could do nothing, their reliance on the gift of the Holy Spirit was total. The same is true for all of us ever since, and so through the centuries Christians have gathered during these days to pray for the coming of the Holy Spirit. Over the past three years, the Church of England, has led a growing, and now global initiative, called Thy Kingdom Come, which picks up this tradition.

In your church …

This year, St. Peter and St. Paul’s Church will be joining in. The church will be open every day for prayer, with Morning Prayer at 8.30am, prayer stations in church for everyone including children (church open from 10am – 4pm every day) and Evening Prayer at 7pm.

See the detailed timetable (downloads a pdf). 

Archbishop Justin Welby says:

“I cannot remember in my life anything that I have been involved in where I have sensed so clearly the work of the Spirit.”

Our prayer, along with the rest of the world, will be that God’s Spirit will inspire and equip us so that we each deepen our relationship with him and that the same Spirit will work in the lives of, and bring blessing to the people all around us.

We’ll also be praying for the well-being and flourishing of our church and community. If you would appreciate prayer, for yourself, your family, your home, your school, your business, please don’t hesitate to let me know.

Ruth | 01622 717434 | Email

Upcoming Events

Brassey Bazaar

Every Saturday 10am - 12 noon
The Brassey Centre, Aylesford (near to the train crossing)
Gifts | Books | toys | plants | coffee & cake
Come along on Saturday 1st June for the Summer Special - open 10am - 2pm.

Messy Church

Friday 7th June | 4.15 - 6.15pm
The Brassey Centre, Aylesford
This is a chance for families to enjoy story time, crafts and sharing of a simple meal. Fun for all ages!
£1 per child (accompanied by adults).
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Friendship Group

Tuesday 25th June | 2-4pm
The Brassey Centre, Aylesford
A social afternoon for anyone in the local community to come along to - we enjoy a variety of crafts (knitting, crochet, painting, colouring, card making and anything else people wish to learn or are skilled at).

Communigrow

The Brassey Centre, Aylesford
Every Saturday | 10am - 12noon
Communigrow will be at the Brassey Centre every Saturday with the Brassey Bazaar, selling homegrown vegetables, plants and preserves.