On Friday 5th March, the World Day of Prayer (WDP) 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.
Normally the Aylesbury WDP Branch would be encouraging everyone to attend one of the services held locally. However, due to Covid19 and current restrictions, the Day of Prayer this year will be different from any we have ever known. All over the world, people will be worshipping on the day as usual but in unusual ways, mainly livestreamed or on YouTube. For further information and resources, together with details of services in your area see the WDP website by clicking here.
The National Committee has chosen not to produce one service that everyone can join in with. There are a number of good reasons why they have not done this, not least the fact there are 2,500 branches. The Aylesbury branch have been debating and praying over what we can do and for several reasons have agreed it is too difficult to produce our own live-streamed service. However, there are several churches across the UK that are planning to do this and from the WDP website you can access a link to 'virtual services' that will be livestreamed or available on YouTube or telephone. They will be updating this list throughout February, so if you have internet access, please have a look at the website and see how you could join in. You can also access a number of downloadable resources from there.
The National Committee is concerned that donations will fall this year due to lack of services held in person and have therefore opened up text donations – see website for more details – or if you would rather send a cheque, email me at Jackiesimpson88@gmail.com and I will be pleased to advise where to send it locally.