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Hundreds gather for special York Minster Beacon event to celebrate finale of global prayer movement

Article by Sharon Atkinson

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York Minster will be hosting a special Beacon event to celebrate the international, ecumenical, prayer movement – Thy Kingdom Come – on Sunday 20 May from 7.30 until 9.00pm. (Doors open from 7pm).

Organised by The Belfrey and York Minster alongside One Voice York, the event aims to attract hundreds of people from York and beyond to celebrate Pentecost, the coming of the Holy Spirit.

Dean Vivienne Faull will welcome all to York Minster and the Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu will preach at this contemporary event.  It will include music by The Belfrey Band and opportunities for informal prayer and reflection, as well as in-conversation pieces with Associate Ministers at The Belfrey, Ben Doolan and Ellie May.

The Archbishop of York Dr John Sentamu said:

“Come and join me in the awe inspiring York Minster as we celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirt, the same Spirit which powerfully raised Jesus Christ from the dead and now lives in us. It is my prayer that all who have joined in Thy Kingdom Come will be encouraged and inspired to live out lives which herald God’s kingdom of love, justice and mercy.”

York Minster is just one of a handful of Beacon events happening across the UK. Churches up and down the country will be hosting Thy Kingdom Come events from 10 – 20 May.

Thy Kingdom Come, began as a simple invitation to prayer from the Archbishops of Canterbury and York in 2016, but has since blossomed into a global movement bringing together hundreds of thousands of Christians from across the globe to pray for more people to come to know the amazing love of Jesus Christ during the 11-day period from Ascension to Pentecost.

In 2017 alone, more than 85 countries – ranging from Canada to Australia, South Sudan to Japan – took part and it is hoped that this year, even greater numbers of individuals, families and churches will be involved.

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