Women's World Day of Prayer, March 6th 2015

Forty eight people from St James’s C of E, Chipping Campden, St Eadburgha’s C of E, Ebrington, St Catharine’s Catholic Church, Chipping Campden, the Chipping Campden Baptist Church and from our own meeting, squeezed into our tiny Meeting House to celebrate Women’s World Day of Prayer. This year’s interdenominational service was prepared by the Christian Women of the Bahamas, with the theme ‘Jesus said to them: Do you know what I have done to you?’

Shells and a Bible on a table
The Bible is open at St John 13:1-17
‘Do you know what I have done to you?'

Members of the different churches, wearing brightly coloured scarves, read different parts of the service, from which we learnt much about local life there. The Bahamas are made up of over 700 islands, with New Providence and Grand Bahama as the two main ones. The tropical climate is very different from ours. As well as being surrounded by sea, surviving the damage and destruction of hurricanes, sometimes several in quick succession, forms part of the way of life. However, many of the social problems are similar to ours, such as poverty, drug misuse and violent crime.

Richard Stephens, organist of St. James’, Chipping Campden provided wonderful accompaniment on a borrowed keyboard to the hymns and songs, which everyone sang with great zest. During the service we managed a few slightly longer pauses for silence, in keeping with our meetings for worship.

Tea and cake were served after the service. There have been many appreciative comments from the different denominations since the event.