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The Novena and Thy Kingdom Come


In the Canterbury Diocese, for a number of years now we have had a Novena (nine days of prayer) between Acension and Pentecost. This has been accompanied by a personal booklet with a daiy reflection. Each day’s reflection invites us to pause and purposefully invite the Holy Spirit to engage with us through art, scripture and prayer.

Please click here for a digital version of the Novena Booklet (this opens in a new window) 

As a Benefice we will be using some of the Novena materials during our livestream Morning Prayer at 9am each day.

For the Diocese of Canterbury Novena Resource Page click here


Thy Kingdom Come

Thy Kingdom Come is a global prayer movement that invites Christians around the world to pray from Ascension to Pentecost for more people to come to know Jesus.  (Our Novena is part of this)

Since its start in May 2016, just three and a half years ago, God has grown Thy Kingdom Come from a dream of possibility into a movement. In 2019 Christians from 172 countries took part in praying ‘Come Holy Spirit’, so that friends and family, neighbours and colleagues might come to faith in Jesus Christ. 

This praying together has been across our diversity and differences as every person, household and church are encouraged to pray in their own way. Whilst an astonishing 92% of people said they were praying for family and friends to come to faith in Jesus, and 40% of those taking part in 2019 did so for the first time, we recognise there is much more we can do together to help Thy Kingdom Come be fully in the lifeblood of the Church.

During the 11 days of Thy Kingdom Come, it is hoped that everyone who takes part will:

  • Deepen their own relationship with Jesus Christ
  • Pray for 5 friends or family to come to faith in Jesus 
  • Pray for the empowerment of the Spirit that we would be effective in our witness

For the Thy Kingdom Come Resource Page click here