Now that Holy Week is over, it’s time to enjoy the 50 days of Easter and look towards Pentecost, celebrating the gift of the Holy Spirit.
The Archbishops of Canterbury and York are inviting Christians around England to join in a week of prayer leading up to the day of Pentecost itself, 15th May. They’re calling this week “Thy Kingdom Come,” and you can find out more on their website. The week will culminate with “Beacon Events” around the country, mostly in cathedrals – the nearest one to most of the Diocese will be at St. Paul’s Cathedral in London, though for some parts of Bedfordshire, you may be closer to the Coventry one.
Why not take that week to explore prayer with some of the children in your church, school, toddler group, lunch club … or even at home? While the website doesn’t specifically include prayer resources for children in churches (!!!) they do include some ideas for children in schools, which could easily be used in church or other settings. Find them here.
You can also find great prayer ideas at Flame Creative Kids.
If you’d like to create a prayer space with your kids as part of this week, check out the Diocese’s Pinterest board of prayer space ideas.
Thy Kingdom Come suggests praying regularly for five friends – this is a great, concrete way of helping children start learning to pray, and they have some ideas here.
Don’t forget to register your church’s prayer activities on the Thy Kingdom Come website! And do let me know how you get on, so I can share your experiences with others.