Diocese of Portsmouth

Thy Kingdom Come 2019

Thy Kingdom Come


A Global Call to Prayer

“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

Thy Kingdom Come is a global prayer movement, which invites Christians around the world to pray during the 10 days between Ascension and Pentecost (May 30th to June 9th, 2019). 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. We focus on praying for people to come to know Jesus Christ. The wave of prayer culminates with events on Pentecost Sunday around the world.

Parishes in our diocese will join in this wave of prayer this year, with churchgoers praying as individuals, in small groups and as whole congregations. There will also be chances for worshippers to pray with those of other denominations at local ecumenical events, and to pray with the whole diocese at a final Big Prayer Picnic on Pentecost Sunday.



The Big Prayer Picnic

Thy Kingdom Come Beacon Event

Thy Kingdom Come A4 poster for Big Prayer PicnicConcluding the 10 days of prayer will be The Big Prayer Picnic – an open-air ecumenical prayer and worship celebration, calling churches together from the whole of the Portsmouth area, at Portchester Castle on Pentecost Sunday 9th June:

  • 1pm to 2:30pm - The big prayer picnic with fun for families and a variety of prayer tents to visit.
  • 2:30pm to 4pm - The main prayer and worship event drawing us all together as one.

Come from your morning Pentecost service to join with many churches from all over south-east Hampshire and the Isle of Wight to eat, pray and worship together.

There will be parking for up to 1,000 cars in a nearby field bordering the castle.  Download the printable A4 poster to help promote the event in your church. And read our frequently-asked questions about the event here.

Watch the video below as Andrew Hargreaves, organiser of The Big Prayer Picnic, shares more of the vision and purpose for the event.


Everything you need to know for this year’s Thy Kingdom Come is grouped here below. Find ecumenical prayer events going on in your area, see what individual churches are doing, find resources to promote your event and engage people with the vision, and get your questions answered, particularly about the beacon event on Sunday 9th June.