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STREAMS IN THE DESERT

Women’s World Day of Prayer is an international, inter-church organisation which enables the voices of women from all parts of the world to be heard: their hopes, concerns and prayers.

The preparation for the day is extensive.  An international committee works from New York and each participating country has its own national committee.  Regional conferences meet to consider the service and then local groups make their plans.  Finally, at a church near you on 7 March, women and men will gather to celebrate using a programme of worship offered this year by women in Egypt.

The theme of the service is ‘Streams in the Desert’ asking people to reflect on the Christian role of being a ‘stream in the desert’ for those who experience spiritual ‘drought’.  The service from Egypt has universal appeal.

One of the oldest civilisations in the world, Egypt has long been home to Coptic Christians.  Since the uprising in 2011 there has been conflict between religious groupings.  Political change affects individual lives and it is hoped people will pray with the women of Egypt for peace.

A great wave of prayer is envisaged, rising with the sun over the island of Samoa and sweeping across Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Europe and the Americas, coming to rest in American Samoa some 36 hours later.  By then Women’s World Day of Prayer services will have been celebrated in over 170 countries.

All are welcome to attend, men and women and people of all ages.  For further information and resources, together with details of services in your area, please visit the Women’s World Day of Prayer website: www.wwdp.org.uk.

LOCAL SERVICES ON 7 MARCH

2pm  Cathedral Church of St Marie, Sheffield

2pm  The Salvation Army, High Street, Kimberworth, Speaker Mrs Janet Vout, the Mayor and Mayoress of Rotherham, Cllr and Mrs John Foden, to attend

7.30pm  St Gerard’s RC Church, Thrybergh, Speaker Dr Isis Ishaac, the Deputy Mayor and Mayoress of Rotherham, Cllr and Mrs Barry Dodson, to attend

Further information from Monica Grant for Rotherham services, Tel: 01709 518825, e-mail monicagrant71@yahoo.co.uk