Dozens set to gather for special prayers

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Sacred words penned by women in South America will be echoed by dozens of worshippers in churches across the district this week.

The Women’s World Day of Prayer, where millions of Christians pray using an identical order of service every year, takes place on March 4.

And churches in Morley, Gildersome and Tingley are taking part in the worldwide event on Friday.

They will be using an order of service that was written by Christian women in Cuba, and has been translated into more than 60 languages and 1,000 different dialects.

Margaret Smith, Gildersome branch secretary of Women’s World Day of Prayer, said, “I am very much looking forward to the service and to praying with the women of the world for the issues identified by our Cuban sisters as being important.

“Although the services have been planned by women this isn’t just a day of prayer for women exclusively—everyone is welcome to attend.

“The services will be colourful, bold, full of music and friendship.”

The Church of the Nazarene in Morley will gather its congregation in Morrison’s car park for the special prayers at 11am on Friday.

At 7pm, worshippers will observe the global prayers at Gildersome Baptist Church and at Tingley Nazarene Church.

The theme for the global service this year is ‘Receive children. Receive me, words spoken by Jesus in chapter 10 of Mark’s gospel.