Receive children. Receive me.
Women’s World Day of Prayer is an international, interchurch, organisation which enables us to hear the voices of women, from a different part of the world each year, expressing their hopes and concerns and bringing them before the rest of the world in prayer.
On Friday 4 March an estimated 3 million people in over 170 countries and islands will gather to observe the day of prayer, using an order of service written by Christian women in Cuba and translated into over 60 languages and 1000 dialects. In the British Isles alone over 6,000 services will be held. The day begins as the sun rises over the island of Samoa and continues until it sets off the coast of American Samoa, some 35 hours later.
The theme ‘Receive children. Receive me.’ reflects St Mark’s Gospel, chapter 10 verses 13-16, which is the focus of the service and a reminder that everyone is a child of God and equally worthy of our love and respect.
The Republic of Cuba is the largest Caribbean island, located at the entrance of the Gulf of Mexico and called ‘the Key to the Gulf’. Politically at odds with the USA, Cuba suffered greatly due to the economic embargo imposed upon it in 1960 but has found strength within itself to move on and overcome many of its problems.
This is not a day of prayer just for women – everyone is welcome to attend the service.
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.
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.
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.
Although organised and led by women, this is essentially a day of prayer for everybody, demonstrating our solidarity with our sisters and brothers in other countries and all are welcome to attend.
Further information contact Eunice Norwood at firstname.lastname@example.org or Telephone 01328 855665
To find out more about Women’s World Day of Prayer go to there website www.wwdp.org.uk