Thy Kingdom Come

What is it?
Who is it for?
How can I get involved?
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The Diocese of Chester is taking part in Thy Kingdom Come 2021. All deaneries, parishes and churches of the Diocese of Chester are invited to participate, especially from Thursday 13th to Sunday 23rd May 2021.

Thy Kingdom Come 2021

Thy Kingdom Come 2021 which runs from 13 May to 23 May (Ascension Day 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 light of the impact of COVID-19, the 2021 special focus is to pray for five people to come to know the love of Christ from within two groups of people, reflected in the parables of the lost sheep and the lost coin in Luke 15:

  1. Lost sheep in the wilderness. Those who are far off but have seen something/someone come near. During the last year, this means those who have tasted what Church is like for the first time or the first time in a very long time, such as attending an online service, or receiving a food parcel, or have asked for prayer and so on. Let’s pray they to come to know the love of God through Jesus Christ.
  2. Lost coin in the house. Those who are near, who are already in church, but have drifted away during COVID-19 for one reason or another. These are people who are lost in the church. Let’s pray for them to come to know again the love of God through Jesus Christ

Watch a recording of the TKC 2021 launch webinar to hear more about this year's theme and the resources available.

Who is it for?

Everyone. The Archbishops have invited every Christian around the world to join them in prayer from 13th to 23rd May 2021. 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


Ways Churches can get involved in Thy Kingdom Come

1. Sign up to the enewsletter

To keep up-to-date on when more resources are available on the TKC website, go to the website and scroll to the bottom of the page to the ‘Sign Up’ button. Enter your contact details to be added to the mailing list.

2. 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.

3. Use the resources

Watch the webinar recording led by Jean Kerr, national TKC co-ordinator, on how your church can be involved in TKC.

A selection of new resources for 2021 has been unveiled by the team, catering for people aged 5 to 105 years old. These include:

  • Prayer Journal, with accompanying bookmark.
  • Family prayer maps
  • TKC Novena (praying the psalms each day from Ascension Day to Pentecost).
  • Children's Cheeky Panda’s prayer book and videos
  • Youth reflections videos

Find out more about these and others below:

Order FREE prayer journals and children's prayer maps!  Order for free from CPO, just pay for P&P. See 'TKC Bulk x50 or TKC Bulk x100 for ordering both. Or you can just order the children's prayer map for free.

The Cheeky Pandas video series for children

The 11 part, fun-filled (15 min long each) programmes are packed with Bible stories, prayers, animation, worship songs and interviews with special guests including Adventurer, Bear Grylls, CBeebies Presenter Gemma Hunt, Revd Nicky Gumbel (HTB and Alpha) and Pastor Agu and Sola (Jesus House) to name a few. The video series (which will be available from early April onwards) can be used as part of church at home, gathered church (online and offline) and in school assemblies. Similar to last year, the series will be the main content in the Family Prayer Adventure Map and App.

11 Youth video reflections

Thy Kingdom Come is working with the Archbishop of York’s Youth Trust to produce a selection of youth resources including a series of video reflections from young influential Christians such as the current Methodist Youth President, Phoebe Parkin; rapper and author, Guvna B; Worship Leader, Elle Limebear; Former Rugby Player, Jamie Jones-Buchanan; and many more.

2021 Prayer Journal and Novena - order printed copies or access free downloadable digital versions

This year’s prayer journal was penned by the Archbishop of York, Stephen Cottrell - crafted with the express intention of inspiring readers to re-encounter the love and joy found in Jesus Christ.

11 videos for this year

11 daily videos will be made available this year between the Ascension and Pentecost period. A sneak preview of one of the videos was shared in the webinar featuring Bishop Rose Hudson Wilkin. Other contributors this year will include Archbishop Angaelos, frontline workers (hidden heroes of the pandemic) and many more. In the Diocese of Chester, 11 individuals will be contributing their own video reflections each day between Ascension and Pentecost. 

Thy Kingdom Come app

The award-winning app will be available again this year in nine languages, and for the first time, will include audio content from 24-7 Prayer’s Lectio 365 with audio reflections from Pete Greig, Archbishop Justin, and 24-7 Prayer GB UK Director, Carla Harding.

Recognising also the strain on churches to serve their congregations during the prolonged pandemic context, Thy Kingdom Come is giving away 100,000 copies of the Prayer Journal and Family Prayer Adventure Map to UK churches as long as postage and packaging is covered.

To order resources for your church, including free printed copies of the Prayer Journal and Prayer Adventure Map visit: 

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!

Creating COVID-safe prayer stations. This guidance has been produced for 2021.

How to continue encouraging prayer after Thy Kingdom Come

1. Why not use some of the Thy Kingdom Come Church resources to continue to encourage prayer in your church throughout the year. The Bright Ideas booklet, for example, contains creative suggestions for prayer, suitable for use at any time.

2. Thy Kingdom Come has links with the 24-7 Prayer movement. Why not use the 24-7 Prayer resources, for example, to help set up prayer rooms? Also, your church may be interested in running their new video/discussion prayer courses, which can be ran in person or online - The Prayer Course and Prayer Course 2.


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 Peter Froggatt, Director of Outreach and Rebecca Hathaway, Outreach Administrator, on emails; 

Page last updated: 10th May 2021 9:20 AM