World Day of Prayer (WDP) 2023

On Friday 3 March, Kibworth was part of a huge wave of prayer encircling the earth for at least 38 hours. It all began at dawn in Western Samoa and Tonga in the Pacific Ocean (when we were listening to the 6pm news on Thursday evening) and ended at dusk in American Samoa (when we were having our Saturday morning breakfast).

It was amazing to be part of this special global event once again.

The service is written by a different country each year, last year it was the UK, this year it was Taiwan and next year it will be Palestine.

As a result of the hard work and diligence of the Kibworth World Day of Prayer Committee from St Wilfrid’s church and the Methodist church, together with the many additional offers of support, we held a lovely service and those attending enjoyed and joined in with the hymns and prayers. After I had first set the scene with a short presentation about Taiwan, its people and their culture. We were delighted that the class chaplains wrote the closing prayers for our service from our local Kibworth primary school and these were very well received.

Once the service was finished everyone was served with homemade cakes, biscuits and tea all free of charge.

Everyone is always welcome to the ecumenical service as it is a service for everyone, united in peace and hope. See you next year on Friday 8 March 2024!

Theresa Jackson