Area church members celebrated the World Day of Prayer last week while collecting donations for the Women’s Inter-Church Council of Canada where they’ll be used to strengthen communities around the world through programs that help women and children to live a better life. (L-r) Sharon Neufeld, Cherie Bluett and Sandi Wilcox lead the music at the event held at Star Lake Ministry Centre. Photo submitted

Area churches celebrate World Day of Prayer

The 2020 World Day of Prayer will be held the first Friday in March and all are welcome


Approximately 30 people gathered at the Star Lake Ministry Center to participate in the 2019 World Day of Prayer event. The program had been written by women of Slovenia, a small European country nestled between Italy, Hungary and Austria.

The Clearwater presentation of the words and pictures gathered by the women of Slovenia was organized by a committee of women from local churches. Food, music, prayers and videos introduced those present to the country of Slovenia and the daily lives of those who live there.

The theme of this year’s program was “Come, everything is ready!” based on the parable from Luke’s Gospel of the Great Banquet.

Thanks to the cooperation of all involved, everything was ready. Wayne Richardson provided technical support, Leslie Ross and Laura Pickering acted as emcees and hosts, audience members provided the voices for the women of Slovenia’s words and Susan Murray acted as behind the scenes director.

Donations collected will be sent to the Women’s Inter-Church Council of Canada. Funds are used to strengthen communities around the world through programs that enable women and children to live a better life.

Committee member Sandi Wilcox invited fellow guitarists Cherie Bluett and Sharon Neufeld to join her in providing the music. The three met as members of Voices United Community Choir and discovered that not only are they accomplished singers, they also all play guitar.

When choir ended, they made plans to meet weekly to share time together practicing their music. Their talents were much appreciated by all in attendance.

The 2020 World Day of Prayer will be held the first Friday in March, time and place to be announced. All are welcome.

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