St. Cuthbert’s Church Brunswick

Parish of Christ the King

Diocese of Newcastle

19 February 2016

Women’s World Day of Prayer - Streams in the Desert

The Women's World Day of Prayer service was held on 7 March at St Columba's. All local churches, of different denominations, were involved in the planning, and their representatives took part in the service. Sadly Joyce Foster was not able to be with us after her recent stay in hospital, but her words of welcome were read as our worship began. We wish Joyce well as she continues to make good progress.

Streams in the Desert" was the theme chosen for this years service, used throughout the world translated into many languages; Apart from the Nile Valley, the majority of Egypt is dead, and the livelihood of the people have been disrupted by unrest in the country for over three years. The service was well thought out and well executed, using costume, flowers, sand, and modern communications gadgets to illustrate present day  life, but the water was used too - to display its importance to life. I heard on the radio later that boats and pleasure-craft that normally work on the Nile are laid up because of the troubles, leaving their owners with no work.

Our creature was the Rev Alison Fenton, Vicar of St Margaret's Scotswood. Her sermon brought in the day's theme in a lively and thoughtful manner and gave us much to think about. The opening story, featured in featuring a thirsty man lost in the desert, ties sellers, and an oasis with a posh hotel made us all laugh, but you had to be there to appreciate it!

We adjourned to the hall for refreshments. I had read in the notes at the end of the service sheet that recipes were available to try out –  "these make an interesting change and will probably a real taste of Egypt". We had tea, coffee and scones –  I think you can't beat a home-made scone or two. Our thanks to the WWDofP  committee for the service, the refreshments and the chance to renew friendships with our fellow Christians. We pray for the people of Egypt, and for families in other trouble countries.

Joan Little