World Day of Prayer - 6th March 2020 (a woman led, global, ecumenical movement)
Women, men and children of all ages were called to 'Rise, take your mat and walk' in this year's day of prayer. Zimbabwe prepared this year's service and they encourage us all to reflect on the difficulties and unrest that have plagued their country over many years. They share the challenges they have met and the hopes they have for the future. They encourage us to 'Rise, take your mat and walk' with them as they continue their often turbulent journey towards full reconciliation.
World Day of Prayer is an international inter-church organisation which enables us to hear the thoughts of women from all parts of the world: their hopes, concerns and prayers. The preparation for the day is vast. An international committee is based in New York and there are national committees in each participating country. Regional conferences meet to consider the service and then local groups make their plans and gather to celebrate.
The Day of Prayer is celebrated in over 170 countries. It begins in Samoa and prayer in native languages travels throughout the world --- through Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Europe and the Americas - before finishing in American Samoa more than 36 hours later.
The service on the 5th March 2021 has been prepared by Vanuata and the theme is 'Build on a Strong Foundation'.
The writing Group for the 2022 is from England, Wales and Northern Ireland and has already submitted a draft service for the theme 'I know the plans I have for you'.
For further information and resources, together with details of services in your area see the WDP website www.wwdp.org.uk