‘I WAS A STRANGER AND YOU WELCOMED ME’
A service prepared by Christian Women of France
This year the Women’s World Day of Prayer will be held at the Parish Church of Holy Trinity, Hempton on Friday 1st March at 2.30pm
This is a service for everyone men, women and young people and light refreshments will served afterwards.
Women’s World Day of Prayer is a unique organisation; truly interdenominational and truly international, it speaks with the voices of women from all corners of the globe. Involvement in WWDP creates a network of Christian women on a worldwide scale which also reaches into our local communities. Preparations go on for months in advance. Finally, at Holy Trinity Hempton on March 1st, women and men will be gathering to celebrate using a programme of worship prepared this year by women in France. We are thinking about and reflecting on how we welcome strangers into our communities.
The origins of Women’s World Day of Prayer date back to the 19th century when Christian women in the USA and Canada initiated a variety of cooperative activities in support of women’s involvement in mission, at home and abroad.
The Fakenham Branch is Ecumenical and the committee is made up of two representatives from each of six churches in Fakenham, Baptist, Methodist, Parish Church, Roman Catholic, Salvation Army and Hempton (Anglo Catholic). We meet several times during the year and organise the yearly service. The service is held in a different church each year. This year it was held in the Methodist Chapel.
Women’s World Day of Prayer is a global, ecumenical movement of informed prayer and prayerful action, organised and led by Christian women who call the faithful together on the first Friday in March each year to observe a common day of prayer.
The service is written by a different country each year and that country then becomes the focus of the world’s prayers on the day itself. The first service of the day takes place on the Island of Samoa and the last service takes place on American Samoa. From the time that dawn breaks over the Island of Samoa until the last services of this special day, the world is circled in prayer for 36 hours.
Further information contact Eunice Norwood at emn@cardinal37 or Telephone 01328 855665
To find out more about Women’s World Day of Prayer go to there website www.wwdp-natcomm.org