Women’s World Day of Prayer


The Women’s World Day of Prayer movement invites everyone to attend one of many services being held throughout the Diocese on Friday 2nd March with the title “All God’s Creation is Very Good!”

An estimated 3 million people around the world will use a service which has been written, this year, by the women of Suriname in South America.

Starting in Tuvalu as the sun rises and ending in Alaska as the sun sets, the service will have been translated into more than 95 languages and 1,000 dialects as we are reminded that we have responsibilities in caring for this beautiful world that we live in.

With its vast rainforest and wealth of resources, Suriname asks us to pray for conservation and the protection of wildlife, through awareness of pollution, misuse and abuse, as well as for the situation in Suriname and concerns for the future.

This is a day of prayer not only for women, but for everyone who cares about our World and those who live in it.

You can find registered services here (www.wwdp.org.uk/find-register-service)

About the Women’s World Day of Prayer

The origins of Women’s World Day of Prayer date back to the 19th century when Christian women in the USA and Canada initiated a variety of cooperative activities in support of women’s involvement in mission, at home and abroad.

From 1861 onwards women founded numerous and effective women’s boards for foreign and home missions, whereby they could work directly with and for women and children.

The role of prayer in mission work – Since 1812 women had encouraged one another to engage in personal prayer and to lead communal prayer within their mission auxiliaries and associations. This emphasis on prayer led to annual days and weeks of prayers within individual denominations.

Efforts for unity continued and in 1922 two separate united days of prayer, one in Canada and one in the United States, came together with a common date – the first Friday of Lent. In the second half of 1926 the women of North America distributed the worship service to many countries and partners in mission. The response worldwide was enthusiastic and WOMEN’S WORLD DAY OF PRAYER came into being.


It was in 1928, at an international missionary conference in Jerusalem, that Scotswoman Grace Forgan first learned of the world day of prayer and brought the news to these islands.

The first services were held:

1930 in Scotland.
1932 in England
1933 in Wales
1934 in Ireland