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Girls join 2017 Women’s World Day of Prayer

07 Mar 2017

Pupils brought music and song to an event in Barnard Castle to mark the international Women’s World Day of Prayer 2017.
The town’s Methodist Church hosted the service, part of a worldwide movement planned by the Christian women of The Philippines.
More than 170 countries participate in the annual day of commemoration which brings together people of international races, cultures and traditions to share together in God’s word and worship.
Barnard Castle School pupils Ceara Sutton-Jones, Evie Brenkley and Katie Baxter, accompanied by the School Chaplain, the Revd Darren Moore, took part in a dramatised reading describing the lives and challenges of the people of the Philippines.
Ceara and Evie sang a duet of Come and Join the Circle and also played violin and oboe for Let Justice Roll Down.
School grandmother Sheila Bainbridge accompanied on the piano and the service was led by Anita Macfarlane.
A Welcome Café before the service offered coffee, tea and homemade Filipino muffins, while the national flag of the Philippines, exotic flowers and images from the country decorated the church.
The theme of the service, Am I Being Unfair to You?, drew attention to the need to share God’s bounty regardless of individual contribution. Small bags of rice were given to everyone in the congregation as a symbol of this equal sharing or Dagyaw as it is known in the Philippines.
Donations of rice products will be given to Durham Foodbank, and the collection of £246.75 will go towards the work of the international WWDP Committee.
Next year’s service will be held on Friday 4th March at St Mary’s Roman Catholic Church, Birch Road, Barnard Castle at 11am. For further information or to be added to the mailing list, please contact Iris Hillery on 01833 690860 or 07919 344845 or visit