NORTH DURHAM: Christians in North Durham will once again be celebrating the World Day of Prayer on Friday, March 4.
The World Day of Prayer is a global ecumenical movement annually held on the first Friday of March, bringing all Christians together for a common day of prayer; it started in the 19th century when Christian Women in Canada and the United States started involving themselves in missions both at home and in other countries.
This year’s services have been written by the World Day of Prayer Committee of Cuba and the theme is “receive children, receive me.”
The emblem of this year's celebration is the white butterfly jasmine, which is the national flower of Cuba.
“There can be no better emblem for the 2016 World Day of Prayer service, written by the World Day of Prayer committee of Cuba. The service transmits their witness and experience of being Cuban and Christian,” a press release stated.
In Scugog, there will be a service at the Port Perry United Church at 294 Queen St. at 1 p.m.
Pastor John Benschop from Victory Christian Centre will be the guest speaker for the service. For more information on the Port Perry service, contact Brenda Walton at 905 982 2699.
There will also be a service at the Blackstock United Church at 3440 Church St., at 2 p.m.
In Uxbridge, the service will be hosted by Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church at 70 Toronto St. North at 6:30 p.m.
All the services are open for everyone to attend.