Anglican Church Newcastle, NSW

World Day of Prayer celebrated by Swansea Churches

Friday, 2nd March 2018 saw the Annual World Day of Prayer celebrated by the Churches of Swansea, just as it is in thousands of Churches, in hundreds of countries worldwide.

The service this year was prepared by the Christian women of Suriname, a small country on the northeastern coast of South America. It is part of the Guianas, an ecological region within the Amazon. Over 90% of the country is covered by pristine tropical rainforest.

It has a multi-ethnic population of approx. 540,000, consisting of indigenous peoples - African descendants, Asians, Javanese and Chinese, European and Lebanese descendant, as well as 'new' immigrants. About 90% of the population lives in the coastal regions and over half in the capital, Paramaribo. The ethnic diversity implies a variety of cultures, religions, and languages.

The offering on this day will go towards helping the Bible Society of Suriname and its partners to identify children at risk, of whom there are many, aged between 4-16 years.They will be assisted and both they and their families followed up - an intervention that can contribute to a brighter future for many.

The service was hosted by the parishioners of St Patrick's Roman Catholic Church in Swansea, with members of the Anglican, Uniting, Baptist and Seventh Day Adventists taking part. The Church was beautifully decorated, and there was a good attendance. Following the service, we enjoyed a beautifully catered for lunch in the adjacent Hall.

The service on the first Friday of March 2019, will be hosted by the Uniting Church, Caves Beach, with a service prepared by the women of Slovenia.