Pupils, parishes and pilgrims from across the world came together for this year’s Diocesan Day of Prayer and Pilgrimage. The 24-hour period of intentional prayer included a journey to Canterbury Cathedral and an hour of prayer, introduced by The Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Revd and Rt Hon Justin Welby
The day came to a close with a service of worship in the crypt, which was the diocese’s ‘Thy Kingdom Come’ beacon event.
Pilgrims, including the three Archdeacons in the Canterbury Diocese, journeyed on Saturday 8 June and pupils across the county took part in activities the day before on Friday 7 June.
Changing Lives Prayer Network Co-ordinator Barbara Wallace said: “What an extraordinary and powerful day. We welcomed people from across our diocese and beyond, including Africa and Australia.
“There was a real sense of everybody coming together, not just those who physically made the journey to the cathedral, but all those who had taken part during those 24 hours and we’re still hearing more wonderful stories of what people got up to.
“We travel with Jesus throughout our lives and the day of Prayer and Pilgrimage gave us all a chance to journey together, to listen and reconnect with God.”
Some of those who took part include: the Franciscan Tertiary Pilgrims’ group, Borden CE Primary, Herne Junior School, Ospringe CE Primary, St Johns CE Primary, Canterbury, Holy Trinity and St Johns CE Primary, Margate, Charing CE Primary, Hartlip Endowed CE Primary School, Egerton CE Primary School, Saltwood CE Primary School. Goodnestone CE Primary and Nonington CE Primary.
Churches included St Alphege, Whitstable, St John’s Church Jersey, St John’s Margate, Holy Trinity, Margate, St James’s Church, Egerton, St Cosmus and St Damian in the Blean, St Mary Magdalene with St Lawrence in Faversham, Lynsted-Kingsdown, Wychling, Doddington, Newnham, and Lynsted. As well as the parishes of High Downs, Whitstable, Stour Downs and Kingsdown and Creekside.