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The World Day of Prayer is a worldwide movement of Christian women of many traditions who come together to observe a common day of prayer each year, and who, in many countries, have a continuing relationship in prayer and service.
Through World Day of Prayer, women around the world affirm their faith in Jesus Christ, share their hopes and fears, their joys and sorrows, their opportunities and needs, affirm that prayer and action are inseparable and both have immeasurable influence in the world.
It is a movement symbolised by an annual day of celebration on the first Friday of March every year.
WDP is women-led: no longer 'Women's' i.e. belonging to women, in the same way as a church's Women's Fellowship or Women's Own magazine, but instead belonging to everyone — but led by women, women's gift to the whole Church. As someone said recently;
"We men will no longer feel unwanted!"


Women of the Republic of Vanuatu (located in the South Pacific Ocean) have prepared this year's service.
The black and white sandy beaches, coral reefs with coloured fishes, lovely birds, fruits and nuts in the forest, all make the islands a pristine environment but they are vulnerable to frequent tropical storms, earthquakes, cyclones, tsunamis and active volcanoes. Women, men and children of all ages are called to 'Build on a strong foundation' and live in unity, love and peace in the context of ethnic and cultural diversity like Vanuatu and so many other places around the world. World Day of Prayer is an international, inter-church organisation which enables us to hear the thoughts of women from all parts of the world; their hopes, concerns and prayers.
The Day of Prayer 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. For further information and resources, together with details of services in your area see the WDP website: ...SEE
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.
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 *** and I will be pleased to advise where to send it locally.
***See Jackie Simpson Tyda on Circuit Directory (under HOME above)


  • Chinnor
    10.30am Live Service on Zoom with members of our local branch and community taking part. To receive our link and join us
    please e-mail by 1pm Thursday 4th March
    7.30pm International service led by members of the World Day of Prayer group in Vanuatu and the World Day of Prayer
    International Committee on YouTube. We thought it would be really special to view this service together, please join us.
    To receive our link please e-mail by 1pm Thursday 4th March
  • Princes Risborough
    The World Day of Prayer Service will be online this year.
    A link to a service prepared by Thrive an organisation of Baptist Minister's spouses is below.
    we plan to watch 'together' at 11 am. Please ...CLICK HERE to join with us
  • Swanbourne & Mursley have decided to postpone their Service until people can meet.
  • Christchurch: The organising Committee in Thame have decided to postpone the WDofP service to the afternoon of
    Friday 15th October in the hope it can be held in a Church.

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