Service on Friday 5th March
Sadly, the World Day of Prayer service will not be held in church this year due to the lockdown restrictions. The good news is that it will be broadcast on the St Mary’s Ewell Facebook and YouTube sites and as a result will be able to be seen by a wider audience than those who would normally be able to attend the service. It will be available to view from 10am 5th March.
Build on a strong foundation
World Day of Prayer is an international, inter-church organisation which enables us to hear the thoughts of women from different parts of the world; their hopes, concerns and prayers. The service this year has been produced by the women of the Republic of Vanuatu which is located in the South Pacific Ocean. It is a beautiful island with sandy beaches, lovely birds, and many kinds of trees bearing fruits and nuts but it is vulnerable to frequent tropical storms, earthquakes, cyclones, tsunamis and active volcanoes.
The service is based on the parable in Matthew 7:24-27 of the two houses, one built on sand, the other on firm foundations. In normal times a stone would be given to each person as they arrive at church. During the service, the stone would be exchanged with someone near them in the congregation. As this will not be possible now, you might like to pick up a stone from your garden beforehand to use as an aid to your commitment to hold Vanuatu in your prayers throughout the coming year. The stone is also a reminder that if we build our lives on the rock which is Christ, we will have a strong foundation.
During the service, donations would normally be taken to help the work of World Day of Prayer supporting Christian charities and projects, both here in the UK and abroad.
To find out how you can make a donation to World Day of Prayer via their website go to www.wwdp.org.uk
You can also donate up to £40 by Text.
TEXT 70085 using the phrase 2021WDP 5 to donate £5
To donate a different amount change the 5 to the amount you wish to give. Your text will cost the amount you donate plus one standard rate message.
Ruxley Church, Stoneleigh Methodist Church, St Clément’s RC Church, St John’s, Stoneleigh, St Paul’s, Howell Hill and St Mary’s, Ewell each have a representative for the World Day of Prayer and are willing to receive donations either directly to them or via their church office by the end of March.
Some people may have received a copy of the Order of Service which included a brown Gift Aid envelope. A plain envelope can also be used for you donation marked, Women’s World Day of Prayer. If you are able to Gift Aid your donation, please make sure that you add your details and that they are clearly written including, the date, your name, signature, address and postcode and the amount of the donation.
SERVICES ON VIDEO
The service from St Mary’s will be available to view on Friday 5th March from 10am You can view it on:
ST CLEMENTS CONTACT
Paula Tanner is the representative for St Clements and is happy to collect any donations.
You can get her on 07793 030394 or at email@example.com