For the first time in many years, Craigs Parish Church outside Cullybackey will host the World Day of Prayer Service for Ballymena on Friday 4th March 2022. This inter-denominational service, which starts at 8pm, will bring together Christians from across the area.
This year’s World Day of Prayer service will focus on the nations of England, Wales, and Northern Ireland and the theme is taken from Jeremiah 29:1-14: ‘For I Know That Plans I Have For You’
According to the World Day of Prayer Website:
“The WDP 2022 program is based on the letter that the prophet Jeremiah wrote to the exiles in Babylonia. The exiles were in a context of suffering, uncertainty, and opposing views on how to respond to the moment. Today, we come together to hear the stories of women who feel excluded, listen to the fear of a child refugee and learn to see the context of a multi-ethnic, multi-cultural, and multi-faith society in England, Wales and Northern Ireland (EWNI). For Jeremiah, God’s plan was clear, and we share this assurance by singing it.
“The artwork, created by Angie Fox using a combination of embroidery, appliqué and metalwork, depicts key words such as, Freedom, represented as an open door to a pathway across an endless open vista; Justice, represented by broken chains; God’s Peace and Forgiveness, represented by the dove of peace and a peace lily breaking through the pavement.
“Over all, a rainbow which has come to represent all these things from the story of Noah through to the modern day. It is a symbol of the overreaching love of God.
“We are given a seed of hope to ponder where it needs to be planted in our lives and in our communities. Take this opportunity, to raise awareness on the needs of your community and offer the gifts of prayers and commitment. A seed, nourished by prayers of intercession and actions of love, bind us together around the world.”
Organisers of the Ballymena area service in Craigs Parish Church, Cullybackey are really excited to see what God has in store on that evening. For more information on the World Day of Prayer initiative, log on to: https://www.wwdp.org.uk