Thy Kingdom Come in the Workplace
At Transform Work UK, we have been considering and asking God’s guidance over holding a national day of prayer for our workplaces. Can you help us trial this so we can learn and launch on a larger scale?
Thy Kingdom Come is a global prayer movement that invites Christians around the world to pray for more people to come to know Jesus. What started in 2016 as an invitation from the Archbishops of Canterbury and York to the Church of England has grown into an international and ecumenical call to prayer. A key focus is an annual call to prayer between Ascension Day and Pentecost, echoing the period of prayer that the disciples of Jesus held after He left them and prior to the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. In 2019, this period is from 30thMay to 9thJune.
As so many churches of different flavours engage in this each year, this may provide an opportunity for us to encourage the development and growth of Christian Workplace Groups, initially based around this week, but which can then continue to flourish afterwards. So this year we are seeking a trial run with a workplace prayer day in the middle of Thy Kingdom Come week, on Wednesday 5thJune.
If you are already involved in a Christian Workplace Group, we would ask that you organise a prayer meeting and provide an open invitation to anyone in the organisation who wants to support it. The time and length of this prayer meeting should be tailored to the organisation; it may be appropriate to hold it for 30 minutes or an hour, at lunchtime, or before or after core work time. This should be advertised using whatever means are available, such as posters, newsletters or departmental standup meetings.
The prayer meeting can be as simple or as creative as you want and are able to support. It could simply be a time of prayer for the leaders, the different parts of the business, the customers and the suppliers. There is however a number of more creative prayer activities which could bring it to life. We have outlined some of these previously here.
Follow up is important as well; there may be opportunities to publish an article in a company magazine or on its Intranet, and make a note of everyone who comes to email them about future meetings.
This is also a great opportunity to encourage other people in our churches to start Christian Workplace Groups. We suggest that you publicise this day in your churches, for example in notices or asking for a couple of minutes to cover this at the front. You would simply ask people to hold a prayer meeting in their workplace with an open invitation on Wednesday 5thJune and to register their organisation on the Transform Work UK site – we can then provide them with support.
Let’s give this a try and see what we can learn for a wider workplace day launch in 2020 !