May 7th – Debbie Bloomfield

Dear Friends,

Thy Kingdom ComeAlong with Christians all around the world we at Christ Church are responding to an invitation from the Archbishop of Canterbury to join ‘Thy Kingdom Come’, a focus on prayer from Ascension Day (May 25th) to Pentecost (June 4th). What an incredible prospect – millions of brothers and sisters in Christ praying together!

If you’d like to have a daily email prompting you to pray then you can subscribe on the Thy Kingdom Come website (see page …..) but we’d love you to pray alongside us in our beautiful church building here at Christ Church.

From May 30th – June 2nd the church will be arranged with areas specifically decorated and equipped with creative activities to inspire prayer following the pattern of the Lord’s Prayer. Can I encourage you to come and spend some time here in personal prayer. The church will be open 6.30am-10pm on these days.

In addition we shall be holding three evenings of creative prayer in the church:

Tuesday 30th May – pastoral prayers with a particular focus on the elderly, those who are sick, carers and the local care homes.

Wednesday 31st May – praying for our local community including businesses and charitable organisations, many of which use the Junction.

Thursday 1st June – children and young people and our local schools, bearing in mind particularly that we are fast approaching the exam season.

The particular emphasis of Thy Kingdom Come this year is ‘Praying for those we know to come to know’ which fits perfectly with our church family vision for the coming year – as announced by David Hall at our annual meeting – ‘Community – Making New Disciples’. God’s planning! In our services we shall each be taking the time to name and pray for five particular people whom we long to know Jesus. Perhaps one of these might become our ‘JustOne’ to take the Emirates Stadium in July?

Many of us have experienced the immense power and comfort of knowing others are praying for us, either when we have the prayer support of a small group of friends, our homegroup or through the prayer pledge scheme that we have at Christ Church. One family writes: “When our 11 year old son Jake was rushed to hospital in Spain for an emergency appendix operation whilst on holiday last year Pete and I felt God’s love and peace, knowing our church and homegroup were holding us in their prayers. When Jake was feeling very low we prayed with him and told him it wasn’t just us praying and showed him the prayer pledge that had been sent out and he smiled and said “Wow!” God’s peace and love was in that hospital room.” (For information about our prayer pledge scheme see page …..

In Matthew 18:20 Jesus says: “For where two or three gather in my name then I am with them.”

Later this month millions of us will join together to pray. What an incredible opportunity to meet with God! I don’t know about you but I want to be there! Please join us.

With love – Debbie