Angela Morfett-Jones, former PCC secretary of St Faith's in Lincoln writes:

The World Day of Prayer, written this year by the women of Vanuatu, was celebrated in Lincoln as usual, despite many of our churches being closed for public worship.

Two services were held locally, by video and phone conference.  Just over one hundred people joined in from their own homes, mostly by computer, some by phone and others simply reading the order of service.  In one of the services, the view of St Faith’s Lady Chapel altar was on screen.  Participants were from worshipping communities in the Anglican, Methodist, Roman Catholic, United Reformed and other churches, from the University of Lincoln, the Centre for Reconciliation and from Trefoil Guild.  As our services were listed on the World Day of Prayer website (wwdp.org.uk), people from outside Lincolnshire, as well as our local ‘regulars’, joined in.

During the service, the situations of three typical women from Vanuatu were described.   Women, men and children of all ages were called to ‘Build on a strong foundation’ and live in unity, love and peace in the context of ethnic and cultural diversity like Vanuatu - and so many other places around the world.

Feedback was positive:

“The service was really lovely.  I felt quite emotional about Vanuatu and the women there.” 

“I really enjoyed the service: it was beautiful.” 

“Many thanks for the opportunity to join in with the service – an enjoyable, thought-provoking experience.  Looking forward to next year.”

The World Day of Prayer (formerly the ‘Women’s 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 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 some 39 hours later.

Next year’s service will, as always, be on the first Friday in March – so that’s 4th March 2022.  Any church or community can take part, either by holding its own service or joining with an existing group. 

Preparation days are held in the autumn and there will be one in Lincoln on Thursday 25th November 2021. The others are listed on the World Day of Prayer website – scroll down to near the bottom of www.wwdp.org.uk

For further information and resources, check out the wwdp website. 

This item was published on Friday 26th March 2021.