Welcome to Women's World Day Of Prayer
The Young Women’s conference, at the end of April, was a great success. The theme was ‘Y Pray?’ Over the weekend the participants delved into the reasons why we pray and different ways of praying. Ulrike Bechmann guided us through the story of the Workers in the Vineyard in an imaginative and thought-provoking manner. Helen Pollard, our worship leader, introduced new music and encouraged a lively approach to worship. There were also many opportunities to relax and get to know one another. More details can be found on this site.
IT WAS SUCH A SUCCESS THAT WE ARE HOLDING ANOTHER YOUNG WOMEN’S CONFERENCE IN 2018
The National Committee held their AGM meeting in the middle of May and voted unanimously that the Constitution be amended to reduce the number of years that Trustees stand on the committee. There will now follow a transition period and then from 2018 there will be a Vice Chairperson, Chairperson and President each serving 2 years. A Trustee will therefore be serving a total of six years instead of nine.
It was unanimously agreed that committee members would continue to serve as they do currently, that is for a period of 3 years. This is renewable, if desired, by a further 3 years and then a final 3 years, if desired.
Elizabeth Burroughs was elected as the new Chairperson to take up her role in September. Christine Miles and Carole Bourne were elected as Appointed Officers for one year. They take up their roles in September.
It is also fascinating, that following our service in March from the women in Cuba, how we are hearing so much more about that country and its people in the news. You can see on the website pictures and accounts of some of the services held in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. If you know the details for your 2017 service, you can post them on the website now. It was encouraging to see that nearly 500 services were posted for March 2016. The number increases every year, but as there are over 5,000 services we have a long way to go!
The office is very busy as well, dealing with the reports from the Day of Prayer and processing the income and the large number of Gift Aid envelopes received. Organisations and charities are very grateful for the grant money that they receive. WWDP are so delighted that Mary in the office, suggested years ago, that we have Gift Aid because we have been able to allocate thousands of additional pounds to needy causes every year.
It is also a busy time for the National Committee.
Materials are being collated and edited for the 2017
service from the Philippines, on the theme ‘Am I
Being Unfair to You?’ More details in July.
Chairperson, National Committee for England,
Wales and Northern Ireland