Strong turnout for annual prayer service

This years Morpeth Womens World Day of Prayer service took place in St James Church, Copper Chare. Picture by Andrew Hamnett.
This years Morpeth Womens World Day of Prayer service took place in St James Church, Copper Chare. Picture by Andrew Hamnett.
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A very enthusiastic group of women and men gathered at the St James’ Anglican Church in Morpeth last Friday to participate in the Women’s World Day of Prayer service.

The ladies of St James led the service – the theme of which was Receive children – Receive me. It had been prepared in Cuba and so the costumes, colours and music had a definite Caribbean flavour.

The music was ably led by Shirley Forster, Rose Reeve and Harriet Gilfillan and the congregation, which almost filled the church, could be seen swaying and clapping to the rhythm, a scene not often witnessed in many churches.

The speaker was a full-time chaplain for Northumberla-nd, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust, Marian Bell, who spoke on the service’s theme.

This ecumenical service is an important one in the life of Morpeth’s churches, as could be seen by the enthusiastic participation of the congregation, which included Mayor Alison Byard. Afterwards, everyone enjoyed a delicious afternoon tea in the church.