World Day of Prayer is a worldwide movement of Christian women of many traditions who come together to observe a common day of prayer each year, and who, in many countries, have a continuing relationship in prayer and service.
Through World Day of Prayer, women are encouraged
Through World Day of Prayer, women affirm that prayer and action are inseparable and that both have immeasurable influence in the world.
MW Sunday is observed in May (or another month as their local church calendar allows) to celebrate the Methodist Women’s ministry in the local congregation and its mission work that extends nationwide. It is also to honour God’s faithfulness and mighty works displayed in the various ministries of the MW. Blessed by His grace and love, the MW women serving in Witness & Evangelism, Discipleship & Nurture, Outreach & Social Concerns and Missions work seek to serve others by touching lives and reaching out to those around them. The offerings collected on MW Sunday are channelled towards helping the poor and the needy. The recipients of this MW Sunday collections is determined by each Conference MW.
The week of Prayer and Self-Denial is observed in August or September. This special observance is a call to women to spiritual growth, awareness, and action. Through it, this week of special observance, women are challenged to engage in prayer and to reflect upon stewardship as they respond to the needs at home, in the church, community and the world at large to fulfil God’s mission.
Meditation on God’s Word, prayer and giving have been its central focus. Women are encouraged to increase their self-denial through sacrificial acts to bless others. The offerings collected at the closing the WPSD will be channelled to needy recipients set by the General Conference Methodist Women.
World Federation Day commemorates the signing of the original Charter on 26 October 1939 of the World Federation of Methodist Women and is celebrated annually in local communities around the world to unit women in common studies based on the previous World Federation members in study and action arising from these issues. Each year one of the nine geographical Areas is responsible for preparing the World Federation Day Study Program with resource material and suggestions for its observance.
All World Federation Units in local communities are requested to meet and plan for the observances of World Federation Day on the designated dates of the last weekend in October.
The World Federation Day Study Program can include a local speaker, discussion groups, acting out ideas, pictures or a slide presentation etc.