Women's World Day of Prayer
Women's Word Day of Prayer was celebrated in St John's on Friday 1st March. An ecumenical service organised, written and led by women, this service was, as always, a very powerful and moving witness of prayer and service to God.
Countries take it in turns to write and compile the service and this year it originates much closer to home than usual, from France. The guest speaker, the The Revd Canon Judith Carpenter, who was the vicar of Withywood, Bristol until her retirement last year, gave an inspiring talk on the theme of 'I was a stranger and you welcomed me'.
It is an amazing reflection to know that the very same service was being worshiped all across the world, on the same day. From the time the first service of the day took place as dawn broke on the island of Samoa until the last service of this special day the world was circled in prayer for 36 hours.