Thy Kingdom Come

What is it?
Who is it for?
How can I get involved?
Resources and support 
Events happening around the Diocese


The Diocese of Chester is taking part in Thy Kingdom Come 2020. All deaneries, parishes and churches of the Diocese of Chester are invited to participate, especially from 21st to 31st May 2020.

What is it?

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 Archbishop of Canterbury hoped for 5000 people to join him in prayer in 2016. 100,000 people joined in. In 2017 500,000 people joined in and the move of the Holy Spirit has continued to grow, with the world map being lit up in prayer.

Who is it for?

Everyone. The Archbishops have invited every Christian around the world to join them in prayer from 21st to 31st May 2020. You can pray at church, as part of a group, with your family, and individually. 


"I cannot remember in my life anything that I’ve been involved in where I have sensed so clearly the work of the Spirit."

Archbishop Justin Welby


How can I get involved?

There are countless ways to participate in Thy Kingdom Come and we're collating a list of activity from around the Diocese of Chester. If your event is not listed, please email the details to the Communications Team. If you need some inspiration, here are a few suggestions of how you could get involved: 

Prayer walks
Why not organise a prayer walk in your local community? This could be a stroll down the street, an amble along a beach, a wander down the canal, across some fields, around the city walls, or on the school run in the morning. It can be as long or as short as you like, as organised or as spontaneous as you wish. There are no boundaries in prayer.  

Prayer vigils
Some churches hold prayer vigils lasting 24 hours, a few do it for the entire 11 days. Continuous prayer is a powerful way to participate and can bring together your church community.

Your local school
Invite your school to host a prayer space. This is a great way to involve children and young people beyond your church boundary to participate in Thy Kingdom Come.

Prayer stations
Why not get creative with your very own church prayer station? Pray with music, art, texture, words, and dance. Prayer stations can be bright and beautiful, quiet and reflective, and everything in between.

Messy church
Invite others in your church community to take part and participate in the global wave of prayer. Encourage group leaders to incorporate prayer into their weekly meetings.

Ask the Scouts to participate by writing and reading prayers during their weekly meetings.

Beacon events
Often working with churches from other denominations, beacon events are a great way to pool resources, ideas, creativity and energy and to hold an event that is bigger and bolder than it could be working alone.

Keep a prayer journal
For some, drawing closer to God in prayer is best carried out through the taking of notes in a journal. Write down your prayers, make notes of prayers answered and unanswered. A prayer journal can be a simple way to track your prayers over days, weeks and months. 

Resources and support

All parishes and churches are encouraged to embrace Thy Kingdom Come in a way that is right for you. Want further inspiration? There are loads of quality resources, produced by the National Church, all of which are easily accessible:

For churches
For individuals
For families

Five ways your church can get involved with Thy Kingdom Come



The Diocese of Chester is committed to helping you participate in Thy Kingdom Come. If you are still unsure of how to get involved or don’t know where to start, get in touch with the Mission Team