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World Day of Prayer for the Women of Egypt to be observed in Airdrie

By: Allison Chorney

  |  Posted: Thursday, Mar 06, 2014 11:03 am

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The World Day of Prayer (WDP) is observed in more than 170 countries around the world, 2,000 communities across Canada, and the Airdrie residents will once again take part in the celebrations on March 7.

“Each year a different service is written by a different country,” said Airdrie United Church’s Olga Pollard. “This year’s theme is streams in the desert and is written by the women of Egypt.”

WDP is a worldwide movement of Christian women of many traditions who come together to observe a common day of prayer each year on the first Friday of March.

The Airdrie celebration will take place on March 7, at 7:30 p.m. at the Airdrie United Church, which provides a venue for people to come together to pray and act in solidarity with the people of Egypt.

“Everyone is welcome,” Pollard said.

She said though the service is written for the church by the Women of Egypt, the Airdrie celebration will include participation from both men and women from different churches in Airdrie, singing, Egyptian food to sample and some traditional Egyptian clothing will be worn by congregation members involved in the service.

“We do a lot of singing of hymns that are tied to the story they are telling us (in the service),” Pollard said.

According to the WDP website, the movement is carried out by more than 170 countries and regions around the world and symbolizes an annual day of celebration that brings together women of various races, culture and traditions.

Each year, the service theme is for a different country and has focused on Guyana, Papua New Guinea, Cameroon, Chile, Malaysia and France in past years.

Airdrie has celebrated the WDP for several years and rotates the location of the celebration throughout churches in the city each year.

“We take up an offering and the money goes to the Women’s Inter-Church Council of Canada and is redirected to the Women of Egypt,” Pollard said.

The Women’s Inter-Church Council of Canada website states the money raised from WDP will go to supporting grassroots work to help women and children in both developing countries and in Canada to escape the cycle of poverty and abuse. For more information, visit


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