Thy Kingdom Come is a global prayer movement which the Archbishop of Canterbury is inviting people around the world to join. He is calling on Christians to pray that people might know Jesus Christ during a focused time between Ascension and Pentecost from 25th May – 4th June 2017.

The hope is that:

  • people will commit to pray with God’s world-wide family – as a church, individually or as a family;
  • churches will hold prayer events, such as 24-7 prayer, prayer stations and prayer walks, across the UK and in other parts of the world;
  • people will be transformed through prayer by the Holy Spirit, finding new confidence to be witnesses for Jesus Christ.


In May 2016 the Archbishops of Canterbury and York invited Christians from across the Church of England to join a wave of prayer between Ascension and Pentecost. This is traditionally a time when the church focuses on prayer, just as the first disciples gathered after they watched Jesus ascend into heaven. It says in Acts 1. 14: “They all joined together constantly in prayer, along with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus…”


“In praying ‘Thy Kingdom Come’ we all commit to playing our part in the renewal of the nations and the transformation of communities.” Archbishop Justin Welby

The response in May 2016 was astonishing as hundreds of thousands joined in from churches of many denominations and different traditions around the UK and across the world.

For 2017 the vision is even greater. The hope is to see at least 80 per cent of Church of England churches and cathedrals taking part as well as many other denominations and the churches of the world-wide Anglican Communion. Leaders from Churches Together in England, including Roman Catholic, Pentecostal, Baptist and Methodist churches, Free churches and Orthodox churches, to name but a few, have all signalled their support.

There will be all sorts of events taking place in your locality, through Churches Together and within individual churches – do commit yourself to join in with this global movement.
There will also be a large-scale, ecumenical, Prayer Event in Truro Cathedral on the evening of Sunday 28th May (please check on the Diocesan website for details).  This is a great opportunity to be with Christians from all over Cornwall, praying for the people of Cornwall to know the love of God in and through Jesus Christ.

For more information and besoke resources, visit

If you’d like to get involved on social media, the hashtags #pledge2pray and #ThyKingdomCome will be used.

You can watch Archbishop Justin Welby introducing Thy Kingdom Come here.