The Novena is traditionally the nine days between Ascension and Pentecost when the disciples prayed waiting for the Holy Spirit. Here in Canterbury Diocese we have prayed together for many years during the Novena using art and scripture and this has become a rich part of our shared prayer life. Since 2016 our Novena materials have also become resources for Thy Kingdom Come, a global prayer movement begun by the Archbishops of Canterbury and York as a time to pray for evangelism in the days between Ascension and Pentecost. This is an invitation to the whole world to pray at this time so when you pray using the Novena materials during the Nine Days you’re joining with thousands of others not only around the Diocese but also internationally. Make sure you pick up a copy of the booklet – pop them in your pocket and use them each day as, like the disciples, we wait for the coming of the Spirit between Pentecost and Ascension.
Here in the G7 Benefice, as we have done in previous years, there will be opportunities for us all to come together each day to pray, although if you prefer you can do this at home using the booklets.
Please join us this Novena as we pray Come Holy Spirit: Thy Kingdom Come. May the Spirit bless us through our waiting with encounters that encourage and transform as we journey on together.
CHANGED LIVES CHANGING LIVES
Friday 11th at Westwell 10.00 (Iona Eucharist) – Theme – Praise
Saturday 12th at Egerton 09.30 (Morning Prayer) – Theme – Thanks
Sunday 13th in Various Church services – Theme – Sorry
Monday 14th at Pluckley 18.00 (Compline) – Theme – Offer
Tuesday 15th Pray for … at Charing 09.00 (Communion)
and Charing Heath 19.00 (Bible Study) – Theme –
Wednesday 16th at ‘At home’ — Theme – Help
Thursday 17th at Hothfield 12.00 (Midday Prayer) – Theme – Adore
Friday 18th ‘At home’ — Theme – Celebrate
Saturday 19th at Little Chart 17.00 (Open Prayer) – Theme – Silence