Thy Kingdom Come Pilgrimage

Started in 2016 by the Archbishops of Canterbury and York, Thy Kingdom Come is a global wave of prayer between Ascension and Pentecost that invites all to deepen their own relationship with Jesus, to pray for others to come to faith, and for the empowerment of the Spirit that we would be effective in our witness. 

Last year Steve Benoy, Bishop’s Chaplain and Canon Missioner walked the length of the Diocese during this time, attending prayer events in every one of our deaneries and sharing good news stories from our parishes. 

This year we want to expand on this opportunity with a focus on effective witness through sharing our stories of faith and helping others to share theirs.  From 9 to 19 May two teams will walk the boundaries of the Diocese, starting in Peterborough Deanery on Ascension Day and meeting back together in Brackley Deanery on Pentecost.  

During this time, one team will share their stories of faith, and the other team will focus on helping others to be confident in their witness.  Each day of the pilgrimage will see a Thy Kingdom Come Deanery event so that all of the Diocese can join together in prayer and hear stories of faith shared.

Bishop Debbie will be attending many of the events, walking some of the routes and sharing her own story of faith during the pilgrimage. She said ‘I am looking forward to visiting all our deaneries, praying with you and hearing your stories as well as sharing my own.  Sharing our faith with others is a powerful demonstration of God’s work in our lives and being part of the Thy Kingdom Come global movement empowers us to remember that we are all part of God’s family together, wherever we are on our journey of faith.’

If you would like to join either of our pilgrimage teams, either for a day, or for longer to gain confidence in sharing your testimony please contact our Director of Mission Charlie Nobbs at 


The Pilgrimage Routes



Learning Journey Team (North)

Faith Sharing Team (South)

Deanery Event

Thursday 9 May

Thorney to Maxey 

Thorney to Castor

Ascension Day Eucharist at St Kyneburgha's Church, Castor 
Friday 10 May

Maxey to Great Casterton

Castor to Lutton

6pm Confirmation Service at St Peter's Church Lutton
Saturday 11 May

Great Casterton to Thistleton

Lutton to Hargrave


8.30am Prayer Breakfast at St Peter & St Paul's Church, Great Casterton

5pm Forest Church at All Hallows Church, Hargrave 

Sunday 12 May

Thistleton to Oakham

Hargrave to Irchester

6pm Moving Faith Celebrating our encounters with the Living God at St Katharine's Church, Irchester
Monday 13 May

Oakham to Rockingham

Irchester to Yardley Hastings

7pm Bring and Share your Faith Story at Rockingham Castle
Tuesday 14 May
Rest Day

Yardley Hastings to Piddington

6pm Evening Prayer at Piddington
Wednesday 15 May

Rockingham to Desborough

Rest Day 7.30pm Deanery Service at St Giles', Desborough
Thursday 16 May

Desborough to Welford

Piddington to Wicken

5pm Deanery Service at St Nicholas' Church Potterspury
Friday 17 May

Welford to Crick


Wicken to Helmdon


Evening Prayer at The Rectory in Crick 
Saturday 18 May

Crick to Hellidon


Helmdon to Aynho


5pm Evening Prayer at St John the Baptist Church, Hellidon
Sunday 19 May

Hellidon to Culworth

Live location:

Aynho to Culworth

Live location:

6pm Worship & Prayers at St Mary the Virgin, Culworth


Time to Pray

We will stop to pray every day around 10.30am and this will be livestreamed on the Diocesan Facebook page.  You can follow the liturgy here, or use the Time to Pray app. 

Maps of the Routes

Please note that all routes are currently undergoing consideration and may be changed. All updates will be listed here. 





















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