This blog is guest written by Nathan Wilson, Team Missioner for the Parish
The Novena of prayer has been happening in Canterbury Diocese for the past 6 years. It is the time between Ascension Day when we remember Jesus returning to Heaven and Pentecost when we remember the coming of the Holy Spirit on the first disciples.
This year for the first time the Novena is tied into Thy Kingdom Come the initiative from Archbishops Justin and John to encourage Christians throughout the world to pray Thy Kingdom Come in their situation, location and social groups.
For these 9 days we are encouraged to spend time in prayer and to help us do this the diocese produce Pocket Prayer Guideswhich are available in all our churches. These feature a picture, a Bible text and some questions to ponder. They also have produced Daily Waiting’s which include liturgy and a reflection to be used in conjunction with the Pocket Prayers.
As a Town Parish we are offering Prayer in a different Church each day at 8.30am and 8.30pm, you can find out where here. Please do come and join us as many times as you can, regardless of where you usually worship. If you are unable to make these times of prayer please do spend time yourself praying and using the Pocket Prayers as a guide.
There is also specific material for families that can be downloaded here for use at home.
We will be book-ending our Novena with 2 times of corporate Worship. On Ascension Day we will be joining in across our Deanery with a service at Little Chart Church at 7.30pm and on Pentecost Sunday at 10.30am we will worship together as a Town at The John Wallis Academy.
Please do join in with this time of prayer wherever you may be, with others or by yourself as we pray Thy Kingdom Come.