Welcome to the March 2021 edition of CTe-News, including articles on:
Covid Vaccines - a beacon of hope
Thy Kingdom Come 2021
Ecumenical Easter eggs
...and a reflection for Holy Week from CTE President, the Archbishop of Westminster, Cardinal Vincent Nichols
Please find below updates on TKC for this year from Kemi Bamgbose (Kemi.Bamgbose@lambethpalace.org.uk). As you will see given the circumstances there will need to be creative ways of gathering for Pentecost in 2021. Kemi would love to hear stories from you as would we. Do let us know what plans you have in the pipeline and any stories from local CT groups.
At this difficult time, we are aware of the many opportunities and challenges placed on the Church. Which is why this year, Thy Kingdom Come, will be slightly different –hoping to be a blessing to the church by serving the need where it is greatest.
Whilst we are not losing the heart of what we do – prayer for evangelism – we believe Thy Kingdom Come provides an opportunity for churches to engage and connect with those who have struggled with church at home (and have drifted away); to inspire and encourage those who have been part of the church pre-covid and continue to be so; and those who are new to faith and joined through digital online.
To this end, we are pivoting all our resources to serve the church for this need. This includes a prayer journal, written by Archbishop Stephen with the express intention of engaging those who may have drifted away during this time. Similarly, we also know there is a need to provide quality family resources, which is why we have produced a brilliant 11 day (which can be used over 11 weeks) family resource can be used as Church at home, in schools and as a tool to reach families on the fringes.
We are also working on a selection of exciting new digital resources including new videos for the 11 days & other content, to resource the Church during this period and beyond so watch this space to find out more. TKC video library and additional resources – free to use We have more than 200 free videos available on YouTube and Vimeo for churches to use. This includes video reflections from senior church leaders including Archbishop Justin Welby, Pastor Agu, Archbishop Angaelos, Cardinal Vincent Nichols & organisations such as Hope UK, Youth For Christ etc etc.
You can also find video reflections for the recent Prayer for the Nation campaign (launched in response to the coronavirus lockdowns) including reflections from Bishop Sarah Mullally, Bishop Philip North, Guvna B and many others.
We also have a number of resources for churches, families and individuals from previous years on our website including two podcast series from Professor NT Wright, The Family Prayer Adventure Podcast series and Map and a whole host of other content.
We would love to know your plans for Thy Kingdom Come, including any activities and / events (online or in person – if allowed at this time) planned for the 11 days - including any special activities for the Ascension or Pentecost Sunday.
If you are looking for inspiration to get started, we have a range of ideas on our website which we will also share on social media and in mailings over the next few weeks and months. Similarly, last year’s annual report features a number of case studies and ways in which churches engaged with Thy Kingdom Come which could also be helpful.
We really value any thoughts, ideas or feedback you may have on how we can improve this year’s Thy Kingdom Come offer so please feel free to contact us. Revd Dr Benjamin Aldous Principal Officer for Mission and Evangelism Churches Together in England 27 Tavistock Square London WC1H 9HH
CTE 2019 tri-fold.pdf
Leaflet for 2019
Theos Report 2017 (pdf):
'That they all may be one': Insights into Churches Together in England and contemporary ecumenism
An A-Z of Interfaith Relations (pdf)
26 short reflections for Christians