Scottish faith leaders call on Christians to join Thy Kingdom Come

The Moderator of the General Assembly, Lord Jim Wallace, has joined 12 other Scottish faith leaders encouraging Christians to take part in Thy Kingdom Come, the global prayer initiative which takes place from Ascension Day (Thursday 26 May) until Pentecost Sunday (Sunday 5 June).

Lord Jim Wallace has joined 11 other Scottish faith leaders encouraging Christians to join this year's Thy Kingdom Come global prayer initiative.

Thy Kingdom Come, which has been running since 2016, invites Christians around the world to pray for more people to come to know Jesus.

Over the course of the 11 days, it is hoped that everyone who takes part will: deepen their relationship with Jesus Christ; pray for five friends or family members to come to faith; and pray for the empowerment of the Spirit that we would be effective in our witness.

The invitational letter, co-signed by 13 Scottish faith leaders from the Scottish Church Leaders' Forum, reads:

"We join together as representatives of the churches of Scotland to commend Thy Kingdom Come 2022.

"Thy Kingdom Come is now in its seventh year and draws together Christians from across the world, and from different traditions, to pray ‘thy Kingdom come'.

"We are particularly conscious of the significant challenges faced at this time with respect to the cost of living crisis within Scotland and beyond, and with respect to the ongoing crisis in Ukraine.

"As we pray ‘thy Kingdom come', we seek to live out our response to the call of Jesus to live as servants within God's creation who bear witness to the abiding love of God, especially in times of crisis.

"At this time, we invite you to join Thy Kingdom Come 2022 and to pray between Ascension Day and Pentecost Sunday for others to share in the abiding love of God.

"Together we pray: ‘thy Kingdom come'."

Brand new resources

This year, Thy Kingdom Come launches with brand new resources for individuals, congregations and church groups to use, including a brand new series of youth video reflections, a new edition of the Prayer Journal, a Novena, as well as the return of the popular Cheeky Pandas animations for younger children.

This year's free resources include:

  • The annual Prayer Journal and Novena, both written by Archbishop Justin Welby. The Novena is based on 1 Peter and focusses on a different verse each day, including illustrations to accompany each day's verse.
  • Daily audio reflections throughout the 11-day period on 24-7 Prayer's free ‘Lectio 365' daily devotional mobile app.
  • Dedicated youth resources, including a new series of video reflections produced by a leading Christian youth ministry.
  • Fun resources for children, as part of a long-standing partnership with the Cheeky Pandas. This year's resources include a special Jubilee-themed Cheeky Pandas story book and a series of animations based on the Fruit of the Spirit. Each animated episode has an accompanying activity pack and assembly pack, which can be used at church, at home or at school.
  • And much more to be unveiled during the period, including daily video reflections from a range of ecumenical leaders in the UK.

To order print copies of the resources (by just paying for postage and packaging), please go to their dedicated online shop.

Ready to join with Thy Kingdom Come? Light up the world in prayer by pledging to pray and adding your individual name or church name to their interactive global map.