Thy Kingdom Come - an annual global prayer initiative

Ascension Day to Pentecost

26 May – 5 June 2022

Happy Ascensiontide!

We pray together: Thy Kingdom Come

What is it all about?

Thy Kingdom Come is a global prayer movement which invites Christians around the world to pray between Ascension and Pentecost for more people to come to know Jesus Christ. What started out as an invitation from the Archbishops of Canterbury and York in 2016 to the Church of England has grown into an international and ecumenical call to prayer.

The hope is that:

  • people will commit to pray with God’s world-wide family
  • churches will hold prayer events
  • people will be empowered through prayer by the Holy Spirit

When does it all take place?

In 2022, Thy Kingdom Come will take place from Ascension Day (Thursday 26May) to Pentecost (Sunday 5 June).

What are we going to be doing at St Mary’s?

We’ve got a range of events and activities planned with something for everyone – whatever your age, wherever you are on your journey of faith, however confident you feel.

You are all encouraged to look at the list of activities and join in with what you can.

We’re praying for the Holy Spirit to come.

Amen!

7.30am, 12 noon, 5pm: Services of commitment

Different times to suit different diary commitments to mark the opening of this special time of prayer.

In church, via Zoom and Facebook Live

7.30pm: Deanery Ascension Day Service at St Paul’s, Chipperfield

Join with Christians from across the Deanery as we celebrate the Ascension of Christ.

26 May – 5 June

A specially produced booklet written by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby. With a Scripture passage for each of the eleven days, this booklet gives the opportunity for personal reflection on what God is doing in our lives.

Download the prayer journal

26 May – 5 June

A beautiful booklet, again written by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby. With a Scripture passage for each of the eleven days, this booklet gives the opportunity for prayerful reflection on the working of the Holy Spirit.

Download the Novena booklet

Every day 26 May – 5 June – At home and from church

One of the motivations underpinning this whole event is to pray that the Holy Spirit will inspire people to come to faith. This initiative has proved really popular at St Mary’s over the years.

Through a #Pledge2Pray, we are all encouraged to pray each day at 5.00pm for five people we would like to come to know Jesus Christ in their lives – whether as a new relationship, or one that is being re-kindled.

If you feel led to pray for five people, that’s great; if you want to pray for only one or two, then that is great too! Download the poster which has small flames on which to write each person’s name as you pray for the Holy Spirit to guide them to faith.

Download the flames poster

8.00am Holy Communion
10.00am: Sung Eucharist with commissioning of PCC members followed by a glass of fizz!

Dress in red, gold or white and join the party!