Throughout the church year, we have recommendations and resources for you to review and follow.

SPECIAL OFFER! – UP TO THE 27th MARCH

Here at Thy Kingdom Come, we thought it may be helpful to share two free resources with you that will enable congregations to engage with faith while many of them have this unaccustomed time at home.

Firstly, in the form of an online bible study called Simply Jesus that can be done individually or as a small group study (virtually).

For many Christians, Lent traditionally involves the re-telling of the story of Jesus, especially his final days and moments. Sometimes this is in hymns, prayers or processions, or with great music such as Handel’s Messiah or one of Bach’s Passions, or it is the journeying through Holy Week as a church community. With none of that possible this year and enjoy these things together, we are all exploring ways to think and pray through the story of Jesus. This course, based on Tom Wright’s book Simply Jesus: Small Group Edition, is designed to help us do just that.

We are making the Small Group Edition available for individuals and for congregations. Individuals will be greatly encouraged through the course, but there are also questions that would allow people to dialogue with one another about what they are learning. During these days, this kind of learning can be done virtually via emails with one another or through video chats. Perhaps you and others would gather together in a video chat format to connect and learn together.

You may enroll in this course for no charge from Tuesday, 24 March, 17:00 until Friday, 27 March 17:00. The window to enroll in this course is 72 hours. We cannot extend the time so please make sure you enroll while you are still able to. We are so grateful that this gift has been given for free (normally charged at £149.99!) by Prof. N.T. Wright and N.T. Wright Online. The link for enrolling is : Simply Jesus – TKC gift

The second resource, is five simple ideas for families to weave prayer and bible readings throughout these days of home schooling. These can be shared by clergy with anyone they think might benefit.

Growing in faith together

  1. Keep a regular routine of prayer. Good times to pray together are those times you do something regularly, eating together, going to bed or washing your hands! Or Light a candle and Pray the same family prayer at the same time every day.
  2. Read a bible story at bed-time or watch one online with them during the day.
  3. With the ongoing situation, it can be difficult adjusting to not seeing family and friends in person, however, you can still pray for them together daily. Write them a letter or send them a picture saying that you are thinking and praying for them?
  4. Choose one of the follow family Fun prayer ideas – Bright prayer ideas for families at home!
  5. Listen to a podcast together. For example, you can click here to listen to our Family Prayer Adventure podcasts.
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Thy Kingdom Come – Daily Prayer Resource

During Thy Kingdom Come, you are invited to discover new habits and ways of praying to God, that those whom you know might come to know Jesus.

From the earliest days of the Church, people have gathered together to praise God and to pray for salvation through his Son. The services in this booklet form part of what is sometimes known as the ‘Daily Office’, a form of worship and prayer which can be used by individuals or in groups as a structure for praise and petition. It is drawn from Common Worship, one of the worship resources of the Church of England.

Whether you are new to ‘structured’ prayer or an old hand, you are invited to try praying with us for the period between Ascension and Pentecost. We hope you may find in it a spiritual rhythm which will nourish your heart and keep prayer on your lips, enabling you to become part of a global wave of prayer. That rhythm might take the form of saying both Morning Prayer and Evening Prayer. Or you might start with just Prayer During the Day – suitable for any time of day – followed, perhaps, by Night Prayer.

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PRAYER

How To Pray – Pete Greig

Pete Greig has been teaching on prayer – and leading a non-stop prayer movement – for twenty years. Now, for the first time, he puts his life’s work into a simple book written for everybody – an answer to the question everyone ultimately asks: how do I pray? This down-to-earth introduction to prayer will guide you deeper in your relationship with God – making you more centred, more aware of God’s voice, more likely to see breakthroughs and more able to make sense of your unanswered prayers, too.

The Tale of Three Trees

Once upon a mountaintop, three little trees stood and dreamed of what they wanted to become when they grew up… This wonderful story is a great read for young children, linking the Easter story, the parable of Jesus calming the storm and the Christmas story. A brilliant Christening gift!

A Good Friday Reflection

Click the link below to see a clip from the Friends and Heros video which helps to remind us of Jesus’s sacrifice on the cross.  It is aimed at younger people and if anything might generate lots of questions but hopefully gives a few answers too!

Remember Me – Friends and Heroes

Lent

LentPilgrim and EasterPilgrim are the Church of England’s 2019 Lent and Easter campaigns. LentPilgrim 40 daily reflections based on the Beatitudes – to run from Ash Wednesday until Palm Sunday. Following Lent there is the EasterPilgrim – with weekly content shared from Church of England from Easter Day until Ascension based on the Lord’s Prayer, making it a great way to prepare for Thy Kingdom Come.

You can purchase LentPilgrim via Amazon and EasterPilgrim here.

Bible Society – Daily Reflection

Take a few minutes out of your day to read and reflect on a Bible passage with the Bible Society’s daily reflections, taken from their Lyfe resources.