The days between Ascension and Pentecost have often been regarded as a time for prayer and waiting for the Holy Spirit. This year Bishop Christopher and Bishop John are also calling Christians throughout Warwickshire and Coventry to come together for fellowship, witness and celebration.

Five different strands are being woven into the period from 5th to 15th May 2016.

Pilgrimage of Prayer: Our bishops are calling everyone in the diocese to pray for the gift of the Holy Spirit and to meditate on scripture. They will be providing a booklet of prayers, reflections and other resources to guide and support this common prayer and meditation.

Pilgrimage Walk – Cloud and Fire: Everyone is also encouraged to spend time walking with one of our bishops on a physical pilgrimage. There is a choice of five routes in the north, south, east, west and centre of the diocese.

Launch of the Diocesan Centenary: The Pilgrimage of Prayer and the Pilgrimage Walk are both being used to launch the preparations for the Diocesan Centenary which takes place in two years’ time.

Thy Kingdom Come: The Archbishops of Canterbury and York are inviting the whole Church of England to join them “in a week of prayer for the evangelisation of our nation”.

Pentecost Beacon Event: All the above will culminate in a special event at Coventry Cathedral at around 5:00 pm on Pentecost (15th May). This event will include a live video link with the Archbishop of Canterbury and sung worship led by Noel Richards. Refreshments will be served from 4pm.