Thy Kingdom Come 2018

"Thy Kingdom Come. Thy Will be Done"

We know the words. ​How can we live them?

Thy Kingdom Come is a global wave of prayer, bringing Christians of all traditions together as we join together and pray those important words.

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You can pledge to pray, find prayer resources​ and ​further information ​on the Thy Kingdom Come website.

                   The Guildford Festival of Prayer

 TKC Guildford

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Guildford Cathedral
Sunday 20 May: 16:00 - 20:00

In culmination of the Thy Kingdom Come prayer movement Guildford Cathedral will be transformed into a beacon of prayer and worship as we gather with our brothers and sisters in Christ and, as one, pray for people to know Jesus Christ.

What's Planned?

There's plenty going on - view the programme! (PDF)

Join us for as much as you want!

16:00 - Taizé Worship

17:00 -  19:00 - Dedicated Prayer Stations

17:00 - Messy Church in the Chapter House

19:00 - Contemporary Worship

20:00 - Close

Attending the Festival

Book your place at the Prayer Festival

If you plan on coming to the Prayer Festival please fill out this form to reserve your place.


What represents the people of God in your place? A selfie of your church or small group?

Please bring along a picture, a photo, a collage, a piece of 2D art work (minimum A4 size. Maximum A2) to represent your Christian community.

Thy Kingdom Come Community Picture


Volunteer Welcomers and Stewards are required for the Thy Kingdom Come Prayer Festival. If you would like to give some time during the afternoon to be involved in welcoming and stewarding please register through Sign Up Genius.


Frequently Asked Questions

  • Guildford Festival of Prayer FAQs

    Please find below further information about the Guildford Festival of Prayer. Please click on a question to view the answer.

    Don't forget you can sign up to welcome and steward through Sign Up Genius with more details about the event and what this involves.

  • What's actually happening?

    There’s a full programme and you will be given a Guide and programme as you arrive. There’ll be ​19 different prayer stations around the cathedral. We will all gather for worship at the beginning (16:00 – Taize style) and at the end (19:00 – Contemporary style).

    View the Prayer Festival Programme. (PDF)
  • What prayer stations will be available?
    Prayer Stations confirmed so far include:
    • Hopeweavers
    • Eden people
    • The Red Rope
    • Healing Guildford & Sound Portraits
    • Glimpses of the Kingdom – Jane Whittington
    • Messy Church in the Chapter House
    • A taste of Orthodoxy – Coptic Church
    • Pilgrimage- Methodist Church
    • Praying with the Holy Land
    • Praying the lord’s Prayer – Jane Hulme
    • Gambian Prayer Space – All Saints School,Fleet
    • Weaving our prayers together - Common Ground
    • Where your treasure is – Julie Gittoes
    • Holy Spirit Bar – come and drink…….
    • Love and marriage
  • Is the Prayer Festival just for young people?

    No! It’s for all ages and stages. All are welcome! There’s something for everyone:

    • Contemplative Taizé Worship
    • Dedicated Prayer Stations (including Messy Church in the Chapter House)
    • Contemporary Worship
  • Is this suitable for young children?

    Absolutely! The Prayer Stations and areas are all interactive and Messy Church will give you a particular welcome in the Chapter House. If your children are highly energetic you might wish to arrive after 16:30 when the Contemplative worship ends.

  • Is the festival inside or outside the cathedral this year?

    Everything is taking place inside the cathedral this year. However there will be entertainment on the cathedral steps as you arrive and Seasons will be serving food.

    There's plenty of space for you to picnic outside and enjoy the entertainment on the cathedral steps.

  • Do I have to stay for the whole time?

    No. The festival is open between 16:00 and 20:00. The programme (PDF) may help you decide when to come:

    • 16:00 - Taizé Worship
    • 17:00 -  19:00 - Dedicated Prayer Stations
    • 17:00 - Messy Church in the Chapter House
    • 19:00 - Contemporary Worship
    • 20:00 - Close

    Feel free to arrive at any time.

  • Do I need a ticket?
    No, but it helps us plan if you (and your group) register so we have an idea of numbers.
  • Can we walk?
    Please do! Pilgrims will be specially recognised as they arrive.
  • Where do I park?

    Parking is free in the Surrey University Car Park. These will be signposted, as will the 10 minute walking route from the car park up to the cathedral.

    View a map of the free parking locations. (PDF)

  • What if I find the walk difficult?
    You can be dropped off at the cathedral entrance. Your driver can then park in the University Car Park. If you have a Blue Badge you may park in the North Car Park next to the cathedral.
  • What if our church is coming by coach?

    Coaches may drive up to the cathedral and drop off their passengers. They will be directed were to park. Please email and/or if you plan on travelling by coach.

  • Is there food available?

    Yes. Seasons will be running a subsidised menu with food served outside and inside the resaurant.

    Rumours of an ice cream van are swirling and also true.

  • Can I bring a picnic?
    Yes - there's plenty of space outside so please bring a rug.
  • What if I have additional needs?

    There will be a British Sign Language (BSL) Interpreter at both services (16:00 and 19:00).

    Large print programmes are available, please ask for a large print programme when you arrive.

    Disabled Access is at the front of the cathedral and at the North Porch (from the car park).

  • Where do we bring our picture representing our Christian community?
    Please bring your picture into the cathedral to Stand 18.