A CHURCH minister has praised work surrounding Women’s world day of prayer, which saw churches across Worthing join together in support of a diverse range of communities around the globe.
Hazel Sherman, of West Worthing Baptist Church, spoke at one of five special services held in the area as part of the event, which is set to be followed up with Christian Aid week between Sunday, May 12 and Saturday, May 18.
She said: “This year’s service was prepared by women from churches in France, with a theme of welcoming a stranger. Each of the services had a presenter who explained projects from around the world. Not only does it bring people together around the world in prayer, it helps us understand some of the issues which women around the world face. It offered the chance to learn about initiatives that are being made for justice and peace that are being developed in other countries.
Following the prayer event, focus will now be directed to towards Christian Aid week next month, which the minister believed had been significantly backed by churches across Worthing and hoped for a similarly impressive response this year. Among the events which have already taken place to raise awareness of it are a fish and chip supper at West Worthing Baptist Church. This featured a talk from a Christian Aid partner in Zimbabwe.
The minister added: “Christian Aid week has been one of our particular focuses as a church. The Christian Aid slogan this year is “bite back at hunger” in which the church is working with a number of partners and organisations within communities in developing nations.
It looks at a number of projects which are carried out with organisations that are from all backgrounds and other faiths. There are a lot of churches in Worthing that get involved and I don’t think there is any point in expressing a faith unless you are exploring how life can be renewed for those who find life most difficult.”
Church member Rosemary Jones felt the world prayer event had been a particular success. She said: “The service we went to was really lovely at St George’s Church in East Worthing, with speaker Susie Wilkinson giving a talk on the theme of being made welcome as a stranger when she moved to France from the Lancing area. Afterwards we were encouraged to go out and put the theme into practice by meeting people we did not know, which was actually really lovely.”