Rise, take your mat and walk

Women, men and children of all ages are called to “Rise, take your mat and walk” to join this day of prayer. Women of Zimbabwe have 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. Finally at a church near you on Friday 6 March 2020*, people will gather to celebrate the service prepared by the women of Zimbabwe.

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. 

*Our local service will be held in Holy Trinity church in Forest Row, starting at 10.30 a.m. and there will be refreshments afterwards. All are welcome, do come and swell the wave of prayer as it rolls around the world.  Ours is a village service, we have been gathering each year for over 20 years, attracting people of all denominations and none.  

If you are unable to attend at that time, there are also services in East Grinstead.

Contact: Julie Martin, tel. 822466 or 07582 197257 

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