WOMEN’S WORLD DAY OF PRAYER
An international and interdenominational event –
the Women’s World Day of Prayer
will be held at
Geddes Place URC
on Friday 7 March at 10.30am
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 and who, in many countries, have a continuing relationship in prayer and service.
The service is written by women from 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 will take place on the Island of Samoa and the last service will take 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.
The symbol of the Women’s World Day of Prayer was designed in 1982 for the service prepared by women of Ireland, both north and south, and was then adopted as the International Logo.
The design comprises arrows converging from the four points of the compass, four figures kneeling in prayer, the Celtic cross and a circle representing the world and our unity through all our diversity.
As Maggie Pickford, WWDP Chairperson for the National Committee for England, Wales and Northern Ireland says: “The WWDP service, written by Christian women, is held on the first Friday of March each year. All are welcome to attend – men, women and children.
“The selected country and its people – this year Egypt – 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 as dawn breaks. The world is then circled in prayer for 36 hours, and the service is celebrated in over 170 countries until the last one of this special day takes place on American Samoa.”