World Day of Prayer

Friday 6th March 2020

Rise! Take your mat and walk

                                                 Prepared by the women of Zimbabe

The World Day of Prayer is a global ecumenical movement led by Christian women who welcome you to join in prayer and action for peace and justice. It is run under the motto “Informal Prayer and Prayerful Action”, and is celebrated annually in over 170 countries on the first Friday in March. The movement aims to bring together people of various races, cultures and traditions in a yearly common Day of Prayer, as well as in closer fellowship, understanding and action throughout the year.

This year’s service has been arranged by the women of Zimbabwe. It is based on Jesus’ encounter with a person who, although positioned for healing, had not acted upon the opportunities given. Jesus asked –“Do you want to be made well?” We are faced with this life-changing question. What are you going to do? “Rise! Take Your Mat and Walk,” said Jesus.

The women of Zimbabwe are taking Jesus’ encounter to be a call to act in love for peace and reconciliation. “The action verbs suggest that we should not be afraid to act on the word of God. God is offering us the steps for personal and social transformation.” 
We are empowered to take up our mats. No more waiting powerlessly on the mat. As expressed in the WDP 2020 painting by Nonhlanhla Mathe, an artist from Zinbabwe, let us give a healing hand to the needy, let us embrace children with love as their future is ahead, and let us open our arms in joy as the time to rise up has come. This is the time for change! 

Don’t forget the World Day of Prayer services in Leamington Spa

Friday March 6th at 2.00pm at Lillington Free Church

        and  at 7.00pm at Holy Trinity Church.

Children’s Easter Activity Morning

It is possible that, because of the Coronavirus pandemic this event may be cancelled. The website will be updated when we know more.

Another fun-filled morning for Primary-age children. Come along at 9.30am on April 9th 2020 to enjoy craft activities, story telling, music and lots more. All activities will be based on the Easter story.

April 9th 9.30am until noon

Banner, Bunting and Books

Two afternoon sessions saw the making and completion of a lovely Good Friday banner which will be used at the Raising of the Cross service in Christ Church Gardens on Good Friday. This annual service starts outside Holy Trinity Church at 11.45am with a short Bible Reading and a prayer followed by a Silent Witness procession to the gardens at the top of the Parade.

The service is organised by Churches Together in Leamington (CTL) and the Revd. James Church (Chair of CTL) has asked all participating churches to make a banner to display at the outdoor service. The banner will proclaim the name of the church and also convey a Good Friday message.

.

.

.

.

.

In addition the group also made a large amount of bunting to decorate St. Mary’s Church at Warwick St Mary’s is holding special events to commemorate the 75th anniversary of VE Day and will be using the bunting as part of their celebrations.

Our Brownies also made bunting for this special occasion and decorated each pennant with wartime pictures. Their bunting can be seen in the foreground of the above picture.

.

.

Everyone was extremely busy and as well as making a banner and bunting we also covered donated books with brown paper in readiness for a stall with a difference at the Craft Fair on October 3rd 2020. The stall will be called “Don’t Judge a Book by its Cover” and not until the book is bought will the contents be revealed. This will be a Blind Date with a Book though there will be a brief precis written on the cover just to give a guideline.