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 9 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.

The Big Prayer Picnic

Thy Kingdom Come Beacon Event

Portchester Castle

Concluding 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:

  • 1 pm to 2:30 pm - The big prayer picnic with fun for families and a variety of prayer tents to visit.
  • 2:30 pm to 4 pm - 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. Watch the video below for more details.

10 days of prayer

Our parishes will join in the global wave of prayer between Ascension Day and Pentecost 2019. Thy Kingdom Come is an initiative of the Archbishops of Canterbury and York to unite Christians around the world to pray throughout those 10 days. They are urging us to pray for others to know the love of Jesus. Full details and resources are on the Thy Kingdom Come website.

Let us know how your parish is planning to pray during Thy Kingdom Come (using the form at the bottom of the page) and we’ll add those details onto this page.

Ecumenical Events

There will be a number of prayer events across the diocese hosted by churches coming together.

Upcoming Events

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Local Events

Tell us what you’re doing for Thy Kingdom Come 2019:


Check out the Thy Kingdom Come website for more videos, information, resources and ideas including:

The Archbishop of Canterbury has recorded an introductory video, which you can see below.

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