The 2022 World Day of Prayer (WDP) will take place on Friday (March 4).
The day is a global Christian women’s initiative, celebrated in over 170 countries each year and aims to bring together women of different races, cultures and traditions. Each year the service is prepared by a different country on a specific theme, encouraging women to become aware of other countries and cultures and pray for them.
This is a special year for the UK as we have prepared the WDP service. A spokeswoman said: “We celebrate our diversity and the contribution made to our countries by the many groups and individuals who have made their home here. We use our Bible text ‘I know the plans I have for you’, from Jeremiah, to reflect on some of the issues facing us today: poverty, domestic abuse and disability, finding hope in difficult situations and encouragement in the help we can give to each other.
“Worshippers will hear the stories of women who feel excluded, listen to the fear of a child refugee and learn to see the context of a multi-ethnic, multi-cultural, and multi-faith society in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.”
A service will be held at Holy Cross Church, Binstead at 3pm on March 4, and also in St Wilfred’s Church in Ventnor at the same time.
Barbara Edwards, involved in organising the Binstead service, said: “Please put the service date in your diary. We very much look forward to welcoming you.”