The National Committee
The National Committee for England, Wales and Northern Ireland, consists of one representative from each of the participating denominations, each chosen by their denomination to represent it on WDP. These representatives are appointed for a term of nine years, reviewable every three. If during that time a member is elected to become a Trustee, her denominational status ends and the denomination will be requested to appoint somebody else to represent it. The newly appointed Trustee will serve a further two years as Vice-chairperson, two years as Chairperson and two years as President. (Effective from 2018 in accordance with the revised constitution. During this period of transition, the current Chairperson will remain in post longer than the two years.)
We are a working committee of volunteers and all members are expected to take a full part in the year-round activities.
What the National Committee does
The members of the National Committee in England, Wales and Northern Ireland meet in January, March, May and September for their ordinary committee meetings.
In November, they attend a four day residential meeting. During this time, materials received from the country preparing the service in 15 months time, are discussed and edited.
After the four days most of the material is still at draft stage. Over the following weeks the material is worked upon resulting in the order of service, background, bible study and the childrens’ leaflet, together with a teachers’ guide, which are then printed ready for the Link Day, which is held in London in July. At the Link Day, preparation day organisers from all over the UK are informed about the country that has prepared the service for the following March, given a taste of the service and led in a study of the scripture passages.
Preparation days are organised in order to inform local WDP groups about the country that has prepared the service and the materials available. Materials are available to purchase. Some materials are free of charge.
These days take place from September until early February. Most of the meetings are held in October and November. Members of the national committee attend most of these meetings.
The National Committee of the WDP also has links round the world, with other committees of the WDP. Frequently we are asked to pray for the situations in various countries.
All members of the committee work on a voluntary basis and only claim expenses.
Margaret (Maggie) Pickford
Council for African and Afro Caribbean Churches
Fieldwork Coordinator (South Eastern Region)
Church of England
Carole Bourne represents the Church of England on the WDP National Committee. She retired from her parish in East Molesey, Surrey in 2012 and currently works in Surbiton, in the parish of St Andrews and St Marks. Carole is a street pastor in Kingston, volunteers with the Joel Community, a night shelter for the homeless in Kingston, and is active in other local community projects.
Louise Bowes represents Northern Ireland on the WDP National Committee. She works for the Health Service and is a Street Pastor in the Borough of Antrim and Newtownabbey. Louise is a Diocesan Lay Reader and is currently studying for Ordained Local Ministry in the Church of Ireland.
Appointed Officer as of Sept 2018
Roman Catholic Church
Beryl is into her second year with WDP and thoroughly enjoy researching the writing-countries to learn their culture and landscape, etc. Beryl is also part of the leadership team with her local church with whom I she is currently setting up a Life Skills ministry, to help people on low incomes improve their lives. This is run through Christians Against Poverty. Beryl is married with three grown-up children and enjoys visiting family and friends in Canada.
Joint Council of Churches for All Nations
Pastor Dr Audrey Eccleston represents the Joint Council of Churches for all Nations on the WDP National Committee. She is currently a widow and serves under the leadership of Bishop Dr Esme Beswick MBE, at Nebaioth Prophetic Church, at St Michael’s, Stockwell, Lambeth, since 2013. Audrey is a retired Science teacher, author of the book Praise, Worship and Thanksgiving, published by iUniverse and is an active member of Churches Together in Stockwell and Brixton.
Appointed Officer as of Sept 2018
Rhianydd is a coopted member representing young people on the WDP National Committee. She is a music student at Bangor University, Wales and attends Church of Wales services in Llandudno. Rhianydd is also the treasurer for the Bangor University Anglican Society which works closely with the Cathedral and University Chaplaincy.
Wendy Hopcroft represents the Moravian Church on the WDP national committee. She is a retired Primary school teacher who continues to be involved in all aspects of church life both at home and abroad. She has been on the Moravian European planning team for European Women’s Conferences since 2006 and represented the WDP on Churches Together and on the Central committee of the Moravian Women’s Association.
Fieldwork Coordinator (Western Region)
English Speaking Churches of Wales
(to be appointed)
United Reformed Church
The Church of God of Prophecy
Fieldwork Coordinator (Northern Region)
Wesleyan Reform Union
(to be appointed)
Irene Cade represents the Christian Brethren church on the WDP National Committee. She is retired, been married 41 years, has two grown up children and recently became a grandmother. Irene has worshipped and served the Lord in many ways in independent evangelical churches/organisations, and currently at Belmont Chapel Exeter is involved in church welcome, hospitality, third age ministry and Memory Café.
(to be appointed)
The Salvation Army
Religious Society of Friends
Stephanie Grant represents the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) on the WDP National Committee. She lives and worships in Watford, Hertfordshire. She has served her local Quaker meeting in many capacities including clerk, elder and convenor of children’s committee. (Quaker meetings don’t have paid clergy, we share the jobs among ourselves.) She takes a keen interest in ecumenical and interfaith activity and is currently serving on the national Quaker Committee for Christian and Interfaith Relations.
Welsh Speaking Churches
Gwen Wildman is the new representative for the Welsh Speaking Churches on the WDP National Committee. A retired nurse, she is currently secretary of the Presbyterian Church of Wales in Sutton, is an active Street Pastor in Merton and volunteers with Christian CARE Merton, a charity befriending disadvantaged families and migrants. Gwen likes nothing more than retreating to the green, green grass of home for the annual Ministry of Healing Conference, in Cefn Lea, Newtown.