Thy Kingdom Come

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20 May 2018


Durham Cathedral is once again holding a Beacon Event as part of Thy Kingdom Come, an international and ecumenical call to prayer led by the Archbishops of Canterbury and York that takes place around the world on and around Pentecost as Christians celebrate the gift of the Holy Spirit.

 This Pentecost, Sunday 20 May, at 7.00pm worship will be led by Dave Bilbrough, one of Britain’s foremost worship leaders and songwriters.  The Right Reverend Paul Butler will be speaking joined by ecumenical leaders and friends, including Christian Aid and 24-7 Prayer International, and Cranmer Hall, the theological college based at St John’s College, Durham University as well as students from across the region.

Dave Bilbrough says, “I’m delighted to be involved in this year’s Thy Kingdom Come event at Durham Cathedral. It gives us all the opportunity to come together as Christians from diverse backgrounds and traditions and focus on the things that really matter and are central to our faith. My prayer is that this gathering and others like it will play an important part in accelerating the furtherance of the gospel in the North East and beyond.”

 The service is organised by the Reverend Canon Sophie Jelley who is Canon Missioner at Durham Cathedral and Diocese of Durham Director of Mission, Discipleship and Ministry. Canon Jelley says, “We are looking forward to welcoming our partners and the congregation to the Cathedral for this special service, in particular Dave Bilbrough who will lead our worship. Dave’s music has a wide appeal that spans all Christian denominations and he is well-known both in this country and abroad. He has a reputation for leading worship on the themes of grace, mission and the presence of God and are blessed that he is able to join us.”

“The service at the Cathedral will mark the culmination of ten days of 24/7 prayer involving many different churches and individuals from across Christian denominations hosted by the Salvation Army at Sanctuary 21 here in the city from 10-20 May. We are seeing incredible momentum and excitement among church leaders as we join together to pray for God’s kingdom to come that many people may come to know Jesus for themselves.” Anyone who would like to sign up to the 24/7 prayer event at Sanctuary 21 can do so at

 There are many different events and celebrations taking place throughout the diocese of Durham during these ten days including the bishop of Durham’s annual prayer walks which this year include Easington and Barnard Castle.

 Durham Cathedral is also offering a Thy Kingdom Come themed exhibition in partnership with the Diocese of Durham and Board of Education, called Life designed for primary school children using interactive tablets, QR codes, graphics, quizzes, films, songs and a discussion café, Life helps children learn the story of Jesus and his relevance today. Suitable for Key Stage Two – complements and works alongside existing RE teaching schools wishing to visit should contact

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