Message from the office
Although we still have Slovenia in our prayers we are now turning our attention to Zimbabwe and praying for the people of this African country as we lead up to the Day of Prayer 2020, with the theme Rise! Take Your Mat and Walk.
During that service we will be asked to commit to support our communities with actions of love, peace and reconciliation. Our commitments will be written down and prayed over. I pray that these commitments will extend beyond the 2020 service and that the motto of WDP – Informed Prayer, Prayerful Action – will be implemented for years to come.
Who are we?
From the early days there has always been a need for a central office and now in the depths of Tunbridge Wells lies a little white building (not so ‘little’ these days) that has become the hub of World Day of Prayer England, Wales & Northern Ireland. With the committee members coming from all over the country and as materials supplied and information gathered increases the need for a central office has never been greater.
So here we are, three employees (two part-time, one full-time) here to serve the national committee, branch members and other interested parties.
We are here for you – answering queries as best as we can and promoting World Day of Prayer. We try to do this in a calm, concise, precise, informed and prayerful way. Sometimes I do admit in the very busy times, we do get rattled, we are only human after all! Please forgive us.
We do like to hear from you and if you are ever in Tunbridge Wells please do come and find the white building.
So what do we do?
The list is quite long really but let’s try to précis it for you:
- we collate and manage returns from the Day of Prayer each year;
- deal with the gift aid envelopes, typing up their details and submitting claims to HM Revenue & Customs;
- liaise with National Committee regarding all the materials, typing, proofing, ordering, obtaining copyright as necessary and liaising with printers;
- calculate stock needs each year;
- pack and post orders;
- pack and send preparation day parcels;
- deal with correspondence;
- manage the finances for the Movement including grant applications;
- liaise with outside bodies for example the RNIB regarding Braille copies of the Order of Service;
- send materials to the senior Royal ladies;
- liaise with the International Office in New York and act on behalf of the European Representatives on the International Committee;
- manage the building on behalf of the Trustees, keeping equipment updated and the fabric of the building in good order liaising with suppliers as necessary.
Office expansion wins civic award
The original office was proving too small. The staff were finding it very difficult to fulfil their roles and store all the paperwork – especially all the envelopes for Gift Aid, because they have to be stored for a period of seven years. The committee looked at the possibility of moving premises but this was going to prove to be too expensive so, it was decided that an extension would be the best option.
The WDP Office building in Tunbridge Wells won the 2012 award for the refurbishment of, and the extensions to, the building.