The ten days between Ascension Day and Pentecost have been a time to focus on prayer since the earliest days of the Church.
The Archbishops of Canterbury and York revived this custom in 2016, since when the "Thy Kingdom Come" prayer initiative has spread across denominations and around the globe.
On this page you will find what we are doing in Shirley Parish, and how you can get involved.
The focus of our prayers is the growth of our church communities and the coming of God's Kingdom in Shirley.
We have produced a prayer diary with a short reading from one of the psalms and a prayer idea for each day from 21st to 31st May.
You can download a copy from here
"Beating the Bounds" Prayer Walk
Beating the Bounds is an old English tradition associated with this time of year. It involved walking the boundaries of the parish, praying for its protection in the coming year (and in rural areas, for good crops.)
On Monday 25th May (Bank Holiday Monday), we will be walking the perimeter of Shirley Parish, praying for the people who live and work within it. If you're feeling energetic, you can do the whole walk (about 14 miles), or if you prefer, you can just complete a short section. Due to social distancing we will all be walking independently, so you can choose a time to suit yourself.
Or if you are not able to take part in the walk, you could commit to praying for those who live and work in the roads around where you live.
You can download the directions for the walk, and a Parish map from here
Daily Reflections and Prayers
"Thy Kingdom Come" has produced a series of daily reflections and prayers which can be accessed here
Digital Family Prayer Adventure Map and app
"Thy Kingdom Come" has partnered with Missional Generation to produce an interactive prayer map for families.
The map is packed with daily themed activities, and comes to life through an augmented reality app with bonus digital content.