The theme of WDP 2020 is “Rise! Take your mat and walk”.
Looking for a way to present the message in a creative way? Here are some ideas to help you start planning. The three key DNA aspects of any World Day of Prayer event include:
- prayer for the women of Zimbabwe (host writing country),
- invitations for other churches to join the service (ecumenical),
- opportunity to donate (participate in taking action to restore hope to women touched by injustice).
Groups across Canada are considering the following to build on the 2020 WDP theme:
- The creation of mats using paper weaving, yarns and small looms and recycled cloth. In one city, a tentative plan is in place to provide mats for homeless individuals during the winter months.
- A group exercise dance event featuring Zimbabwean music. Choreography will be taught throughout a one-hour session. Participants will pay a fee that includes a donation to the Women’s Inter-Church Council of Canada for grant projects.
- It can perfectly align with the service theme. Again, participants will pay a fee to be part of this mindful activity that includes a donation to WICC to pay for WDP materials and grant opportunities throughout the world.
- Paint café. Instructions are being prepared for another paint café in Bolsover, ON. Participants will create a beautiful flame lily in honour of Zimbabwe.
- Cooking sessions. Groups may prepare a meatless stew together. Perfect for cold winter nights in Canada.
- Your community may want to invite a guest speaker or a panel of guest speakers that can give direction on how to combat a certain form of social injustice.
2019 Bolsover Paint Café: Fifteen women gathered to pray, learn about Slovenia and paint. A donation to WDP as included in the registration cost.
Mobilize Against Human Trafficking in York Region: Planning team organized a presentation by a panel of expert speakers which inspired plans for anti-trafficking actions by break-out group participants.