World Day of Prayer 2020 is on 6th March and the nearest local service takes place at 2.00 p.m. at Our Lady of Refuge Catholic Church, Overstrand Road, Cromer NR27 0JH. There's a warm welcome for everyone and we invite you to come along.  The theme for this year, prepared by the women of Zimbabwe, is 'Rise, take your mat and walk'. You can find further information and download a range of resources from www.wwdp.org.uk.

The precursor of World Day of Prayer began in the 19th century, when Christian women in the USA and Canada started a range of cooperative activities supporting women’s involvement in mission, at home and abroad. It is from these roots (originally as Women's World Day of Prayer) that World Day of Prayer has taken its current shape - a worldwide ecumenical movement of informed prayer and prayerful action.

On World Day of Prayer 2020, women, men and children of all ages are called to join the day of prayer. Women of Zimbabwe have prepared this year's materials and they encourage us all to reflect on the difficulties and unrest that have plagued their country over many years. They share the challenges they have faced and the hopes they have for the future. They encourage us to 'Rise, take your mat and walk' with them as they continue their often turbulent journey towards full reconciliation."

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 preparation for the day is vast. An international committee, based in New York, national committees and regional conferences meet to consider the service and then local groups make their plans. Finally, at a church near you on Friday 6th March 2020, people will gather to celebrate the service. World Day of Prayer is celebrated in over 170 countries. It begins in Samoa and a wave of prayer travels through Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Europe and the Americas before finishing in American Samoa more than 36 hours later.  Why not be part of it this year?!