On a bright sunny afternoon, reminiscent of the country, Cuba, whose women wrote the Service, over 60 women, men and children gathered at St. Anne’s Church, East Wittering to join together for this year’s Women’s World Day of Prayer. The theme this year was ‘Receive Children. Receive Me’ centred on St. Mark’s Gospel Chapter 10 verses 13 – 16. The speaker, Diana Strange, emphasised the importance of teaching the next generation the faith of the Church and to become followers of Jesus and, to enhance this, 4 children from East Wittering Primary School took part in the Service reading a number of the prayers. At the end of the Service, there was time to enjoy the refreshments provided and to meet and chat with members from the various churches from this part of the Manhood Peninsula.
The theme for the 2017 Women’s World Day of Prayer is ‘Am I being Unfair to You’ to be written by the women of the Philippines for the Service to be held throughout the world on Friday 3rd March.