Women's World Day of Prayer at Dromore
DROMORE Methodist Church will host this
year's Women's World Day of Prayer service locally,
Women's World Day of Prayer services are held
throughout the world each year on the first Friday of March.
This year's service in Dromore will be held
on Friday, March 3, beginning at 8pm.
Guest speaker for the service at the Maypole
Hill church will be Mrs. Angela Lipsett from Portadown, who had
recently worked with a team at a children's camp in Kenya. Mrs.
Lipsett, who is to return to Kenya at Easter, attends the weekly
Women's Study Fellowship at Belfast Bible College.
A retired nurse, Mrs. Lipsett's hobby is
painting and the sale of her work has helped fund her trips to
Women from various churches in Dromore will
take part in the service by reading and also singing in the
Everyone is invited to attend the service.
A spokeswoman said, "If you have never come
before then please plan to make this your first time."
International speaker on divine healing to
PASTOR Mike Evans from Bakersfield
California, an international speaker on divine healing, is
coming to Belfast at the beginning of March.
He will be visiting a number of venues across
the city, including St George's Church on Monday March 6 at 1pm
and St Anne's Cathedral the same day at 8pm.
Brother David Jardine, director of
Interdenominational Divine Healing Ministries, who arc
sponsoring the visit, said: "Mike Evans is a very good teacher,
but in addition to that people can come to these services to
receive prayer if they are sick or have difficulties of any
Local people urged to support 24-hour fast
is urging people from the Lisburn area to support its annual
24-Hour Fast which is taking place next Friday and Saturday
(March 3 and 4).
The fast will focus on the Philippines where
millions of people live in poverty, often without a secure home
or even a clean water supply. Trócaire's work in the Philippines
involves education, healthcare and land rights.
The Philippines is currently in urgent need
of extra help due to the recent devastating landslide which
destroyed an entire village killing up to a thousand people and
leaving many more missing.
David O'Hare from Trócaire has just returned
from a visit to the islands where he visited the charity's
partners and the communities where they work.
He said: "Thirteen million children die every
year in the developing world due either to malnutrition, lack of
immunisation or water borne disease, often because their parents
cannot afford basic medicine.
"These premature deaths could be avoided if
people had access to the basic resources we take for granted in
Northern Ireland such as water and sanitation, education and
"Funds from the 24 Hour Fast allows Trócaire
to continue its work in the developing world." Last year
students and individuals from around the country, north and
south, raised over £680,000 for Trócaire's long-term development
"Schools all over the country have been
really supportive every year with pupils and teachers making an
enormous effort to gather sponsorship and organise the
fundraisers," said Mr. O'Hare.
Paul Kane, Trócaire's regional fundraiser, said: "We're here
to encourage people to take on the fast this year and have some
fun with it. "Organise a group of fasters in your school or
workplace, or invent your own alternative to fasting. Most
importantly, get involved and see how great it feels to support
communities in the developing world."
Those who don't wish to fast can raise money
by other means, such as holding a sponsored cheese and wine
lunch, a sponsored lunchtime concert or a sponsored shaving.
For a quirky fasting alternative people may
set out a Cheeky Challenge for a friend, colleague or family
member and sponsor them to complete it. People have been
challenged to give up smoking for 24 hours, to turn off their
mobile for a day or come to work in costume to raise money for
Log on to
www.trocairefast.org or Freephone 0800 912 1200 to register
for the Fast and get a free Fast Pack. Fasters can also develop
their own online sponsorship page through
www.trocairefast.org where friends and family can sponsor
Lisburn joins World Day of Prayer
LISBURN will be joining in Women's World Day
of Prayer on Friday March 3, with an event in First Lisburn
Presbyterian Church at 8pm.
Everyone is welcome to join representatives
from the many churches taking part, including a massed choir of
more than 60 voices.
The service has been compiled by the
Christian women of South Africa. They have given the worship a
real flavour of their country, with reference to life there and
examples of their language in song.
The special speaker will be Rev Hiram
Higgins, who recently returned from 24 years in South Africa.
This will be a service of variety and joyfulness as befits a
land known as the 'Rainbow Country', due to the many different
nationalities living there.