Thursday 25th May – Sunday 4th June 2017
Without doubt, Thy Kingdom Come initiative was a rewarding 10 days. Exhausting, but thoroughly enjoyable. We were blessed with good weather and many people, from the community and visitors from out of town, came through the doors between the 25th May (Ascension Day) and the 4th June (Pentecost Sunday).
St Cuthbert’s opened its doors to the public at 8am every morning, starting with a cooked breakfast and prayers, and remained open until 8pm most evenings.
The pupils from Lytham CE Primary School created the artwork which can be seen on the pillars. They did an amazing job showing the Lord’s Prayer in paintings.People made use of the prayer stations and took part in the various activities throughout the event.
On Tuesday 30th May an inclusive worship was held, with an awareness of those affected by disorder of mental processes and living with dementia.
The service was led by Richard Golding the Older Persons Worker with Lytham and St Annes Methodist Church and attended by parishioners different Churches and people who had travelled from outside of the area.
Everybody was made very welcome and tea and cake was offered at the end of the service. People stayed for a while and chatted and met new friends.
One gentleman commented, “the service was beautiful and encouraged me to reflect so much on times in my life, it brought back so many contented memories and a sense of peace”.
The service brought people together and was very special. St Cuthberts with the Churches in Lytham Ecumential Partnership is planning to hold similar services in the future. These will be publicised locally.
In the afternoon, we had a Taize Service in Church followed by a prayer journey using a Labyrinth in the Church Hall.Wednesday 31st May was our busiest day, starting with breakfast and prayers as usual, we then had a morning of activities for families and children starting with an Icthus Trail, then Messy Church and a Teddy Bears Picnic.
One of the highlights of the intiative was the official launch of the Community Fridge by the Mayor and Mayoress of Fylde, Cllr John Singleton JP and Mrs Geraldine Singleton on Thursday 1st June. They brought a starter food pack with them to help fill the fridge and have since dropped in to Church to put more items in.
People are kindly donating unwanted, still in date food and people are taking food to use. Helping to reduce waste and also helping people who find themselves in hard times.
Another highlight was the Comedy and Curry Night in the Church Hall on the Friday. Over 50 people attended the event with Comedian, Allan Finnegan, a Baptist Minister from Bootle who entertained us with jokes and stories from his ministry. Also, Comedian Steve Cookson had us laughing out loud with his dry sense of humour. It was a most enjoyable evening out.
At the close of this exhausting, rewarding time of Thy Kingdom Come we celebrated with a Praise Party, an informal service using modern worship songs and data projection. We were challenged with the question ‘What now? We have prayed for the 10 days for Thy Kingdom to Come, that each of us prayed for five people to come to know Jesus as their Saviour and Lord, but that can’t be the end. We were reminded of the quote from St Teresa of Avila 1515 –82
Christ has no body now on earth but yours,
no hands but yours,
no feet but yours,
Yours are the eyes through which to look out on Christ’s compassion to the world,
Yours are the feet with which he is to go about doing good,
Yours are the hands with which he is to bless people now.
It’s down to us. Let’s keep praying for Thy Kingdom to Come and we are already looking forward to, and planning, Thy Kingdom Come for next year: Thursday 10th May – Sunday 20th May 2018!