World Day of Prayer

THIS YEAR’S World Day of Prayer will take place this Friday, March 1, and will be marked with a series of special services, culminating in a main evening service in St Margaret’s Church.

Devised by the Christian ladies of France, on the theme ‘I was a stranger and you welcomed me’, the same service will be held in 180 other countries and this year the celebration begins as dawn breaks over the Pacific islands. As the Earth rotates it will continue until the last service of the day takes place, having circled the world in prayer for around 36 hours.

In Scotland, since 1930, services have been held each year in locations as diverse as prisons, churches, schools, universities, hospitals, eventide homes, hostels and shopping centres.

There will be 60 services in many venues in Montrose including sheltered housing, nursing homes, schools and hotels with St Margaret’s as the venue for a morning service led by members of the Methodist Church and the main service at 7.30pm, after both of which refreshments will be served.