HUNDREDS of local Christians are joining forces during an international 11-day prayerathon for local communities and the world.

The initiative is called Thy Kingdom Come and local participation takes place in the grounds of Great Malvern Priory.

It started on Thursday, May 30, and goes on until Sunday June 9.

Apart from the Priory, churches taking part include St Mary’s, The Source Church, St Andrews and All Saints, the Baptist Church, Lansdowne Methodist Church, Lyttelton Well Chaplaincy, Holy Trinity and the Guarlford and Powick churches.

A marquee will be set up in the churchyard with prayer stations for various topics, an adventure prayer walk for children over the half-term weekend and opportunities for prayer throughout each day with short services at 9am, noon and 5pm plus a workshop on prayer at 12.30pm. All the workshops will be different and there will be a full programme available.

Rev Rod Corke, vicar of Malvern Priory, said: "We want people to pray for the worldwide Christian family and for themselves. Everyone is welcome to join us.

Full details can be found on the Priory website There will also be a display of Morgan cars in the Priory grounds.