Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Church Matters

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Church Matters

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Byline: By Francis Wood

Women's call to PRAYER

For the past 50 years, the women of Panama have taken part in the annual Women's World Day of Prayer. On Friday, they will lead the observance. This remarkable movement began in New York City in 1887 when Mary Ellen James called for help in facing the problems of new immigrants to America. They faced poverty in the slums, unemployment, lack of education and health. She called for all women to come together for a day of prayer. She was simply reacting as a Christian to the society in which she lived, never intending to start a worldwide movement.

From such a humble beginning, the news of this special day spread from country to country, mainly through personal contact. A Scottish woman, Grace Forgan, heard about it in Jerusalem in 1928. She took the idea to Scotland where the first service was held in 1930, then England 1932 and Wales in 1933. Now an Executive Committee oversees the movement, which includes women from 170 countries.

So, on Friday next the Day of Prayer will begin on the International Dateline in the Pacific. First prayers will be offered on the isle of Tonga and sweep across the world, with the final prayers on the isle of Samoa.

Among local observances will be:

NSt Gabriel's, Heaton 10.30am

NOur Lady and St Cuthbert, Prudhoe 1.30pm

NWesterhope Methodist 2pm

NSt Andrew's URC, Monkseaton 2pm

NSt Cuthbert's, Kenton 2pm

NSt James', Morpeth 2pm

NSt Patrick's RC, Consett 2pm

NSt John's Church, Newbiggin Road, Ashington 2pm

NSt Peter's RC, Low Fell 2pm

NSalvation Army Hall, Leadgate 2pm

NVenerable Bede, West Road. 2pm

NWhitburn Parish Church 2.30pm

NSt Cuthbert's, Shotley Bridge 7.30pm


THE Delaval Churches (Seghill, Seaton Delaval, New Hartley and Seaton Sluice) plan to keep a united Lent. Sunday evenings, at 6pm, they will congregate at one of the seven churches for a course of sermons on The Christ We Share, preached by the Rev Peter Ramsden, Vicar of St Bartholomew's Benton. …

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