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United Kingdom: “Thy Kingdom Come”, hundreds of prayer meetings in the run-up to Pentecost

(London) “Thy Kingdom Come” is a global prayer movement that unites thousands of Christians around the world between Ascension Day and Pentecost. It began in 2016 as a simple invitation to prayer by the Anglican Archbishops of Canterbury and York, Justin Welby and John Sentamu. Since then, it has blossomed into a global movement with over eighty-five participating countries from Canada to Australia, South Sudan to Japan. In the United Kingdom, hundreds of churches will be hosting meetings, prayer services and even concerts in the framework of this initiative. In Leeds, Archbishop John Sentamu of York will be leading a meeting aimed at under 30s at the Holy Trinity Church on Wednesday, 16 May, while Bradford Cathedral, also located in Yorkshire, will open its doors for people to attend family-friendly events and initiatives in support of the most disadvantaged. Christian associations and churches can find helpful information and tips on how to organise events at Also this week, the UK will be holding a collection for “Christian Aid”, the ecumenical charity providing relief in developing countries, which has been the first to run a door-to-door fundraising campaign back in 1957. This year, the content of millions of red envelopes will be given to the victims of Hurricane Matthew in Haiti. The collection is also promoted via social media with the hashtag #StandTogether.

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