February 2016

Fareham celebrates Women's World Day of Prayer - 4th March 2016

On Friday 4 March 2016 an estimated 3 million people in over 170 countries and islands will gather to observe the day of prayer, using an order of service written by Christian women in Cuba and translated into over 60 languages and 1000 dialects. In the British Isles alone over 6,000 services will be held. The day begins as the sun rises over the island of Samoa and continues until it sets off the coast of American Samoa, some 35 hours later.

The theme ‘Receive children. Receive me’ reflects St Mark’s Gospel, chapter 10 verses 13-16, which is the focus of the service and a reminder that everyone is a child of God and equally worthy of our love and respect.

The Republic of Cuba is the largest Caribbean island, located at the entrance of the Gulf of Mexico and called ‘the Key to the Gulf’. Politically at odds with the USA, Cuba suffered greatly due to the economic embargo imposed upon it in 1960 but has found strength within itself to move on and overcome many of its problems.

Christians Together in Fareham will celebrate the day with services which will take place in Fareham Methodist Church (King's Rd, Fareham PO16 0NU) at 2.30pm and 7.30pm. This is not a day of prayer just for women and so all are welcome.

The logo below represents four women kneeling in prayer, with the Celtic cross and a circle representing our unity through our diversity. Please join Christians Together in Fareham next Friday.

Lord, you made Cuba.
You made the unsullied waters and shining beaches
Where the liners sail to empty tourists.
You made the clear blue skies through which the jets descend
To empty their passengers into marble-floored terminals.
You made the gardens where the wealthy stroll
And marvel at the riot of your colourful creation.

Lord, you made Cuba.
You made the people who live huddled together
In the crumbling glory of Havana apartments
Chasing a job in an uncertain economy.
You made the children who play by the sea
On dirty beaches where tourists never come
Where the land is strewn with yesterday’s rubbish.

Generous Father, giver of all good gifts,
Creator of this island of contrasts,
Move us to pray and care for Cuba
And give back to you, for them,
From the wealth you have entrusted to us.
Amen.

For further information about the Women's World Day of Prayer visit www.wwdp.org.uk