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Try Praying Campaign – April 2020

TryPraying is a national outreach initiative intended to encourage people who wouldn’t normally go near a church to pray. It is a simple but effective idea used by congregations across the country. Churches from your city took part in it last Easter and are intending to do so again this April. We would like to commend it at a general level to the churches in your Presbytery. And in particular to invite churches congregations in Inverness to consider joining us in its promotion.

The project links to a website where people can access an app and online booklet for free download. It is essentially a 7 day prayer guide designed for those who are not religious. Hard copy versions of the booklet and other additional materials are also available for purchase and distribution by churches, if they wish, including children and youth versions.

Materials can be used in a variety of ways and the links below provide all necessary information, plus an overview of ideas about how things may be done – whether these are carried out by a church acting alone or as part of a wider group of local churches acting together.

Publicity suggestions are available too. Already in previous years you may have seen banners outside churches and adverts on buses in your area. Last year, with assistance from a good few churches and some private donations, we were pleased to fund advertisements on buses across your town/city.

Would you be willing to share the cost of advertising on local buses this Easter? A strong advertising campaign will cost £1,500, (£1000 has already been given). Yet if multiple churches were willing to pool resources to fund this, it would become manageable and benefit us all.

If your church would like to take part, there is still sufficient time and opportunity to do so. However, there is a deadline of 28th February to guarantee having adverts in place during April. If you are willing to be involved and can give an indication of your intention by the end of February it would be very helpful. We can be contacted by calling 0131 202 6449 or email us at office@trypraying.co.uk You can also buy tp materials at https://www.thereishope.co.uk/resources

 

Thy Kingdom Come Global Prayer Initiative: Ascension Day to Pentecost Sunday 2020 (21 – 31 May)

Thy Kingdom Come is a global, ecumenical prayer movement which takes place each year from Ascension to Pentecost. Christians are encouraged to pray for more people to come to faith during these 11 days of
prayer. This will be its fifth year.

From Bangladesh to Brazil, Australia to Austria and South Africa to the Solomon Islands, more than 2 million Christians, across 65 different denominations and traditions, in 90% of countries worldwide have
participated.

Ruth and I had the privilege of attending and participating in the “Thy Kingdom Come Beacon Event” in Trafalgar Square. The Square was packed and we found it very moving that three Archbishops (Anglican,
Catholic and Orthodox) could stand side by side and pray for our country. Senior leaders from the emergency services also shared items for prayer.
In 2019 the app was downloaded thousands of times in almost 100 countries worldwide – more than twice as many as in 2018.

  • 92% of those taking part were praying for friends and family members to come to know Jesus – with nearly two thirds (62%) of this group planning to follow up or talk to the people they were praying for;
  • 70% of those who took part felt more encouraged to share their faith;
  • 40% of respondents took part for the first time this year – which shows this is still very much a growing movement;
  • 99% want to be involved again next year, the same figure as last year –demonstrating growth and value.

The Church of Scotland and The Scottish Episcopal Church are both officially involved with Thy Kingdom Come. Resources were translated into Gaelic and were distributed widely. HM The Queen praised Thy Kingdom Come as an example of the close working together of the Church of England and Church of Scotland. It also enables local congregations to share in a global Kingdom-focussed initiative. This year Thy Kingdom Come will begin in the week of the General Assembly and we hope it will be marked in some
suitable way.

Can I ask you to consider signing up to “Pledge2Pray” as an individual and as a church in order that together we will see God’s Kingdom Come: https://www.thykingdomcome.global/#Pledge2PrayCounter

Equally, if you are considering organising an event can I encourage you to sign up: https://www.thykingdomcome.global/events

Please find attached a PDF of the Prayer Journal. This is printed on a high quality paper to produce a beautiful A5 journal that can be used across Thy Kingdom Come. As you can see, it features stunning artwork from Charlie Mackesy. These can be purchased for 25p per copy plus postage & packaging via emailing thykingdomcome@lambethpalace.org.uk

Rt Revd Colin A M Sinclair