St Mary's Southtown Hosts the Women's World Day of Prayer
by Yvonne Hill
Photos supplied by Roger Hill
The Gt Yarmouth branch of the Women’s World Day of Prayer
took place on 2nd
March 2012 at St Mary’s Church in Southtown
. The Speaker was Yarmouth College Chaplain, Margaret Bazely
, who gave a most interesting
and thought provoking talk.
The church was decorated with interesting and colourful artefacts that had been collected by Amy Symeons from the time when she lived in Malaysia. Amy also brought some fruit that can be found there also. The ladies dressed up in brightly coloured costumes which helped make the day special and more interesting. There was one gentleman but he declined from dressing up!
The service was put together by the WWDP Christian committee of women in Malaysia. It is really quite amazing how all over the world at least 3 million people gather together to worship on the first Friday in March every year and to follow the prepared service.
Sadly in many countries women are still being ill treated
in one way or anot
her. The theme for this year was ‘Let Justice Prevail’
and was based on Habakkuk
and the parable of the women
who persistently kept on asking for help from the unjust judge for justice.
Representatives came from St Mary’s Roman Catholic, Salvation Army, Park Baptist Seventh-day Adventist, , St Pauls, , St Johns, Christchurch, St Mary’s Southtown and St Pauls.
People were given miniature flags with ‘Let Justice Prevail
‘as they came into the church. The service began at the sound of a gong and the ringing of bells by Pat Stringer.
Four ladies dressed in costume walked down the aisle carrying candles which were then placed around a vase of lilies at the front of the church to represent peace.
Next year the service will be prepared by the Ladies of France and the host will be Christchurch in Gt Yarmouth. It will take place on the Friday 1st March at 2.30pm.
The Branch Secretary, Yvonne Hill, would like to thank everyone who took part for their help and especially Pat Stringer for organising and arranging the church and also for supplying the refreshments. Finally a big thank you to all those who came to the event and for their generous contributions towards such a worthwhile cause.