Thy Kingdom Come

What is it?
Who is it for?
How can I get involved?
Resources and support 


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.


Thy Kingdom Come 2020

Thy Kingdom Come 2020 which runs from 21 May to 31 May (Ascension to Pentecost). “Thy Kingdom Come” (or Your Kingdom Come) is a line from the prayer which Jesus taught his followers. Every single day millions of people around the world say this prayer, praying ‘Thy Kingdom Come’.

In the past few years, the focus of our prayers in the days between Ascension and Pentecost has been for the coming of the God’s Kingdom in the lives of family and friends, neighbours and colleagues that they might come to faith. 

 This year, with Covid-19 causing so much illness and grief, Thy Kingdom Come will have an additional factor. As well as praying for 5 other people to begin their journey following Jesus, Thy Kingdom Come is calling us to action. Brilliant prayer leads to action.

So, this year Thy Kingdom Come will be encouraging all not simply to pray that friends and family, colleagues and neighbours might encounter the love of God in Christ, but that they would experience that love in action. This is ‘Prayer and Care’ – care for those you are praying for, pray for those you are caring for. Of course, for churches up and down the country doing this is a daily reality, and this time of prayer gives itself to an even deeper engagement with the needs around us.

There are many ways we are suggesting this could happen; by care, by contact, by service – but serving as Christ serves. 

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 as a 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


Five Ways Churches can get involved in Thy Kingdom Come

Digital Resources

There are a number of digital resources to equip churches and individuals which can be shared with congregations for download and print at home. 

The innovative Family Prayer Adventure Map can be ordered online or printed at home. Download the free app to access games, reflections and augmented reality!

The Prayer Journal for the 11 days has poignant reflections, Bible verses and actions, and features artwork from Charlie Mackesy.

The free Thy Kingdom Come App has daily videos, bible readings, reflections, and podcasts from N.T Wright. The Thy Kingdom Come Video Library also has over 200 videos to download, including reflections and testimonies from influential Christians such as the Archbishops of Canterbury and York, His Holiness Pope Francis, as well as many others.


 Pray Together 

Praying together for people to come to know the love, hope and peace found in Christ is at the heart of Thy Kingdom Come. Could your church set up regular daily patterns of prayer, perhaps via conference call, to hold these people in prayer or adapt existing prayer times to do so? Or could you commit to saying the Lord’s Prayer at a set time each day? A number of digital resources are also available here.


 Continuous Prayer 

Consider hosting or participating in a continuous virtual prayer event. You could do this as a local church, or connect with others across other denominations or in different parts of the world. You can find 24-7 Prayer resources and virtual prayer rooms here.


Light Up your Town or Village in Prayer

Jesus Christ is the light of the world and we are called to be the light of the world as we bear His image. Could you encourage Christians in your area to commit to lighting up the world in prayer during these 11 days? Visit the ‘Light Up the World’ prayer section on our website to find resources to equip you/your church to take part. 


Prayer and Care

People have shown immense love and kindness as they serve the most vulnerable during this unprecedented time. As a result, we are introducing a new strand to this year’s Thy Kingdom Come. As we pray for those we know and love to become followers of Jesus, how could we safely and responsibly demonstrate this practically? Order this Prayer and Care pack for your household, or send one to friends and family to encourage them to join in.

However you and your church chooses to join in, we would love to hear about what you’re doing. Tag us on twitter, Instagram or facebook!



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




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

Page last updated: 20th May 2020 12:49 PM