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The 2019 World Day of Prayer service took place in our church yesterday thanks to our very own Kasonde Konie and the Christian Women of Slovenia who organised it. Each year the service is put together by a different country and this year it has been written by the women of Slovenia, who are relatively new to the WDP movement. A booklet was distributed. For those who could not attend, here is a brief synopsis. The ceremony began with an open invitation for all to come to God’s table; ‘Come – everything is ready!’ The bare table is placed at the front of the worship area with 5 chairs around it (3 set at the back and 1 on each side). The table is then set up with a folded white tablecloth, a vase containing red carnations (real or paper) and rosemary, bread in a bread basket, wine in a majolica (ceramic) jug, water and a ceramic bowl. At the beginning of the service Slovenian folk music or the Moj Psalm is played during which 2 or 3 people come forward and set the table as for a meal. The 5 women are then welcomed and invited to come and sit at the table. Each woman then take turns in telling their stories which reflect the political and economical situation of Slovenia from the time it was a socialist-communist state to the present day. In between the stories, hymns are sung. The service is then ended with a prayer of blessing to mutually support one another on the path of freedom, justice and peace. During collection, paper carnations were given to attendees. The women later served refreshments in the hall. Special guest invited to the service is the Mayor of Barnet, Counsellor Reuben Thompstone. The next WDP will be organised in 2020 by the women of Zimbabwe in a different church. If you are interested to know more about the WDP, please log onto www.wwdp.org.uk. Photos below taken at the service and in the hall.

Some of the Filipino Group

Some of the Filipino Group

Don Hegarty

Don Hegarty

Frances and Stephen Phillips

Frances and Stephen Phillips

Adnan & Baida Oraha

Adnan & Baida Oraha

Jill and Alan Brudney

Jill and Alan Brudney

Margaret Alzano and Kate Fugallo

Margaret Alzano and Kate Fugallo

Gilberto  Jaramillo and Wilmar Ramirez

Gilberto Jaramillo and Wilmar Ramirez

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