Women’s Inter-Church Council of Toronto

About Us:

The members of the Women’s Inter-Church Council of Toronto (WICT) shall be women who confess Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour and who are interested in ecumenical activity.

All members are an integral part of WICT, are eligible for any office on the Executive Board, and have the right to participate in all WICT activities.

We:

  1. Promote and stimulate ecumenical experience and dialogue through fellowship and service
  2. Encourage individual and collective spiritual development through prayer and study
  3. Foster social justice, equality, peace, and harmony
  4. Serve as a vehicle for communication and fellowship among Christian women in the city of Toronto.

WICT meeting on October 13, 2022 at Leaside Presbyterian Church.

Photo credit: Janet MacFadyen (WICC)

Mission Statement:

The Women’s Inter-Church Council of Toronto is a Christian’s women’s council that encourages women to grow in ecumenism, to share their spirituality and prayer and to engage in dialogue about women’s concerns. The council calls women, men, and youth to respond to issues affecting women and to take action for justice.

Our Impact:

As we emerge from the restrictive impact of COVID, a decision was made to focus on generating and promoting World Day of Prayer services for 2023. Toronto has a population of almost three million citizens, and so the opportunity to gather with others throughout the city for World Day of Prayer in March is great.

Upcoming Events/Meetings

WICT Meeting/Christmas Potluck Luncheon – World Day of Prayer 2023 planning: December 1, 2022, at 10 am. Leaside Presbyterian Church. Potluck luncheon contact:  [email protected]

Toronto Festival Day (in-person): Saturday, January 14, 2023. 9 am to 1:30 pm. Yorkminster Park Baptist Church

Festival Day

The “Festival Day” is held to prepare key persons and participants for the World Day of Prayer (WDP) held each year on the first Friday of March or any day around that date if more convenient for your church or group. Click here to see the poster.

Goals of Festival Day

Acquaint key persons with music and other preparation tools for World Day of Prayer

Promote World Day of Prayer among Christians in Toronto

Encourage intergeneration participation including all members of the Body of Christ

Encourage ecumenical prayer for peace and justice

Learn more about Taiwan

Present the service written by the women of Taiwan in a creative and enlivening way sharing the message of the Word of God.

Coffee, tea, and refreshments will be served during registration and the program will run until about 1:30 pm. Please try to be there by 8:45 am for registration. A $15.00 registration fee at the door covers the church rental, refreshments, and printing/administrative cost. Please bring a bagged lunch to supplement the provided cultural foods.

There will be a Resource Table for World Day of Prayer and Information Packets ($20) organized by the Women’s Inter-Church Council of Canada.

We look forward to seeing you on Saturday, January 14th at Yorkminster Park Baptist Church.

News:

Many thanks to Jenny Evans (and her husband) for creating the Festival Day Poster.

Prayer Corner:

“In the silence of the heart God speaks. If you face God in prayer and silence, God will speak to you. Then you will know that you are nothing. It is only when you realize your nothingness, your emptiness, that God can fill you with Himself. Souls of prayer are souls of great silence.”

Mother Teresa

 

Contact Information

President:  Maxine Hobden [email protected]

Secretary/World Day of Prayer Liaison to WICC: Savitri Rose  [email protected]

Toronto East Coordinator for World Day of Prayer: Delma Alphonso 416.724.5162

Toronto West Coordinator for World Day of Prayer: Ann Dilbey  416.221.8803

Festival Day Chair: Ruth Currie  [email protected]

Get Involved

Festival Day:  Volunteers are needed for a number of committees/work groups.  If you are willing to help in the kitchen on January 14, 2022 or set up tables/chairs on Friday, January 13, 2022, please email Ruth Currie.

World Day of Prayer Service Coordinators:  We are looking for World Day of Prayer 2023 service coordinators throughout the city of Toronto.  If you are interested and willing, please contact either Delma or Ann.  The resources are available on wicc.org.  The 2023 service was written by a WDP committee in Taiwan.

Learn about WICT:  Come to our meeting/potluck luncheon on December 1, 2022 at Leaside Presbyterian Church.  RSVP to [email protected] (just to make sure we have enough chairs in place). Email Savitri with questions in advance.

 

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