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World Day of Prayer FRIDAY MARCH 6th 2020

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!"

Rise! Take Your Mat and Walk

A Program written by the World Day of Prayer Committee of Zimbabwe for WDP 2020
Theme from: John 5:2-9a

The country of Zimbabwe has been in the news recently. The newly elected president has been sworn in after a tense and disputed election. Churches and ecumenical organizations are actively promoting peace education and civic awareness to engage the communities in peaceful participation. Prayer vigils, election monitoring and dialogues between civil society and the government were organized to have political transparency, and to promote healing in a country that searches for peace and reconciliation.

This historical moment may express one of the contexts for the Zimbabwe theme. The WDP 2020 program is based on Jesus' encounter with a person who, although positioned for healing, had not acted upon the opportunities given (John 5:2-9a). Jesus asked -"Do you want to be made well?" You are faced with this life-changing question. What are you going to do? Use this opportunity to reflect with your WDP group, community and ecumenical partners. Prayer and action are what links us together around the globe.

"Rise! Take Your Mat and Walk," said Jesus. Our sisters from Zimbabwe are taking Jesus' encounter to be a call to act in love for peace and reconciliation. "The action verbs suggest that we should not be afraid to act on the word of God. God is offering us the steps for personal and social transformation."
This is the time for change!
May we hear the words of this compassionate God and the Prince of Peace to act upon the healing of ourselves and our communities to bring peace and reconciliation into the world.

Full resources will be found at:World Day of Prayer, Commercial Road, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, TN1 2RR. Email:



Services within the Vale of Aylesbury Circuit will be held at the following churches:

  • AYLESBURY at the 7th Day Adventist Church, Stoke Road, at 1.30 pm
    and Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Bedgrove. at 7.30 pm ...SEE
  • CHINNOR at St Andrews Church at 10.30 am and 7.30 pm
  • PRINCES RISBOROUGH St. Mary's Church stating at 11.00am.
  • STEWKLEY at the Parish Church 10.30 am led by Mrs Judy Walker & Mrs Linda Jones
  • STONE in the Methodist Chapel at 2.00 pm
  • SWANBOURNE CHAPEL at 7.45 PM Led by Frankie Fisher
  • THAME at St Mary's Parish Church at 7.30pm

    More detail on these services may be found on Church Websites or Web Pages on this site.

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