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Members from the Montrose WDP celebrating the World Day of Prayer 2022


Community, Church and People prepared to celebrate Word Day of Prayer at St Johns, Moffat. Thank you, WDP Scotland. I will announce that at St. John’s on Sunday, and inform the other congregations who participated with us. 
May I add that one of the most beautiful, and unexpected, joys of the service was that people from our five rural churches were (in many cases) meeting each other for the first time in two years. The meeting and greeting were were so heartfelt and warming. We’ve been starved of these gathering times for so long, but we’re thankful to have come through otherwise unscathed. Jane. 


People of Interest from around the world

Strathaven Trinity Parish Church


Ukraine Crisis

The WDP Scottish Committee have sent £1,000 in support of the Ukraine World Day of Pray committee as they struggle with the ongoing crisis in their country, additionally a donation of £500 has been made to the Scottish Bible Society in response to a plea for bibles for the people of Ukraine.

Churches in Prestwick had a wonderful and uplifting experience in their World Day of Prayer Service after which they decided to have a retiring offering in aid of Ukraine and through which £400 was raised.

Our Prayers are with them and the people of Ukraine in their torment and disruption. God give them strength.


Since this website was started in June this year, today, the World Day of Prayer day 2022, it recorded a record number of visitors and page views.

Today:4421,881

Just about ready as Bellie & Speymouth Church prepare their display for World Day of Prayer Service


Rehearsals at Dunfermline

Super atmosphere on the 25th February as organisers and supporters prepare for the WDP service, to be held on March 4th

Joy of release from masks and inspiration of Christ and the Disciples set the scene for harmony within all.

City of Edinburgh Bible Study

Jeremiah 29: 1-14

The bible study will be led the Rev Helen M Mee a minister in the United Reformed Church and a member of the Scottish WDP Committee on Friday 4th February from 10.30 – 12.00 on Zoom

The room will be open from 10.00 if you want to join friends for a chat beforehand – bring your own tea/coffee/home baking

Joining Details:

Helen M Mee she/her
07973 509691

Global Conversation with EW&NI

( Taken from World Day of Pray International Committee Website For more information go to worlddayofprayer )

On November 19th 2021, WDPIC, in collaboration with the World Day of Prayer England, Wales and Northern Ireland Committee, hosted a Global Conversation based on the WDP 2022 program and theme, “I Know the Plans I Have For You” (Jeremiah 29:1-14). It was a great opportunity for the writing committee to introduce themselves and their experience developing the program for 2022.

The preparation of the service and related materials began in November 2018. The writing process was long, slow, and quite structured. The program has been thought, talked, and prayed over by about 50 women over a period of more than two years.

The overarching theme of the service is HOPE – very appropriate for this time when the world is coming to terms with the ongoing risks of a pandemic and the looming climate crisis. HOPE is depicted through the lighting of candles, the distribution of seeds and the exchange of message worldwide via social media using #WDPhope. The service also offers us all an opportunity to appreciate more clearly the enormity of God.

All this work will come to fruition on Friday, March 4th 2022 when we gather for prayers and actions around the world.

Watch this conversation below! 

Global Conversation with Ruth Mariet Trueba

Ruth Trueba

On July 16th, 2021, the World Day of Prayer International Committee hosted an online Global Conversation with Ruth Mariet Trueba Castro, President of WDP Cuba, on how the relationship between art and prayer can be a source of healing during the pandemic. Being united in prayer is what links us together, which has been very crucial during this time.  

Over 50 WDP leaders from all over the world came together to listen to Ruth as she discussed the important connection between art and religion while showcasing the WDP artwork over the last 10 years. She focused on colors and common symbols that can be seen within the artworks and how it relates to faith and prayer. Ruth explained that “there are two main ways in which we can approach prayer through art: meditating on works of art as starting point for prayer or creating art as the expression of a prayer.” Ruth also demonstrated, by drawing an image live during the meeting, how some of the prayers under the #WDPUnitedInPrayer campaign sustained her during this time of pandemic. While she drew, selected participants read aloud the prayers.  

The participants were invited to create their own artwork as Ruth guided them through a meditation inspired by the Vanuatu theme “Build on a Strong Foundation.” In small groups, participants were able to share their creations with each other and pray together. Catherine MacKeil, WDP Canada, commented on how appropriate the topic of art was during this breakout session because although her partner spoke a different language, they could communicate through the art they both created. 

The conversation ended with a closing prayer song performed by Susana Renner, WDP Brazil. The colours of a pandemic were made into a collage of artwork and prayers from the participants presented to us by Ruth Trueba. Art comes in many different forms and so does prayer and we are thankful to Ruth for guiding us through this conversation. 

For more information go to worlddayofprayer


With Trust in God We Look Forward to 2022

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Vanuatu

Sisters! What a great celebration we had with the Ni-Vanuatu sisters on the World Day of Prayer!

Each one of us, from our corner of the world, proclaimed out loud that we ‘Build on a Strong Foundation.’ On the first Friday of March, many WDP committees and churches prepared a celebration that could be experienced online, while others organized in-person services under the restricted health guidelines. Like a balm of hope in a world tired of loneliness and losses, the celebrations were filled with enthusiasm and creativity, resilience and dedication.

There was so much joy in connecting with familiar friends or new friends from another city or country during the celebrations. New partnerships were created with young people and local churches who provided the technological assistance needed for WDP worship services online. There were new opportunities created as people unfamiliar with WDP attended the services or watched a video. The movement has learned how to use the new technologies of communication to organize their meetings, plan activities, and to hold the celebrations. We thank God for giving us the tools to come together as #WDPUnitedInPrayer!

You may watch a WDP worship service video by visiting the WDPIC YouTube channel playlist. We also want to remind you to email us the Annual Report of your National/Regional Committee. Your country’s experience will be published in the 2021 WDP Journal. Click here to download the Annual Report Form.

Looking forward to the 2022 program, we are connecting two special moments for the movement. Firstly, the worship service program prepared by WDP England, Wales and Northern Ireland with the theme ‘I Know the Plans I have for You’ (Jeremiah 29:1-14) will be celebrated on the first Friday in March. The materials are ready and have been distributed to all WDP National Committees. Please, contact WDPIC if your National/Regional Committee does not have the worship service materials.


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​Secondly, the WDP International Committee Meeting is to be hosted by WDP Scotland, under the theme ‘New Heart, New Mind. Called to Hope’ (Ephesians 1,18) in June. There is a common thread within these two themes. Both Bible texts speak about hope during troubled times, trust to overcome uncertainties, and openness to accept the new.

In March of 2020, we were caught by surprise with the World Health Organization’s declaration of the COVID-19 pandemic while we were praying with our Zimbabwe sisters, and in 2021 we adapted to our new situation and prepared alternatives to in-person services to pray with our Vanuatu’ sisters. We want to bring this spirit of preparedness and resourcefulness to the International Meeting in 2022.

Therefore, considering the current COVID-19 pandemic across the world, the uncertainties of 2022, the new complexities and requirements for international travels, the wellbeing of WDP leadership, the economic impact of the crisis, and financial responsibility with the future of WDPIC and WDP National/Regional Committees, the WDPIC Executive Committee has decided to hold the International Meeting using an online format in 2022 in lieu of an in-person gathering.

This means that the International Meeting will be held with delegates and guests around the world, regardless of their location. We will use video, audio, and text to connect and collaborate via an internet connection. We will build on the technology we already use like emails, mobile chat (WhatsApp, etc.) and web conferencing (Zoom, etc.) to accomplish the purpose of the International Meeting (WDPIC Constitution). We will share, decide, vote, network, listen, talk, report, learn, sing, pray, plan and more without being physically together. It will be a unique experience full of blessings.
From May to November of 2020, WDPIC sent to the National/Regional Committees Newsletters with the information about the International Meeting and the ways that the Committee can participate. From May to July 2021, we are expecting to receive the response forms from each National/Regional Committee. Visit the Meeting 2022 tab to download the forms (English, French, Spanish). Here are the deadlines for the committee’s responses:

1.     May 3, 2021 – Delegate registration
2.     June 1, 2021 – Nominations for Chairperson and Regional Representatives
3.     July 1, 2021 – Nominations for themes and writer countries for WDP worship service

We ask the National Committees and the delegates to continue reserving in your calendar the week of June 12-19, 2022 for the International Meeting while we adjust the program and procedures to an online format. We count on the participation and support of your National/Regional Committee to sustain in prayer the international sisterhood of WDP.

We are greatly thankful to the WDP Scotland committee for all that they have already done to welcome us in person in Edinburgh, and their understanding of the implications of the global situation on the original plan. We will continue our conversation with them on alternative ways to host the International Meeting. The 2022 WDP themes set the tone for an action-oriented and future-forwarding meeting. Thus, we hold onto our strong foundation trusting that God’s plan is to call us to live and act in hope.


– Rosângela Oliveira
Executive Director, WDPIC

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