Lent lunches and international prayer initiative
The annual Friday lunchtime services held during the period of Lent, leading up to Easter, and arranged by Churches Together in Harborough, are at the Methodist Church in Northampton Road this year.
They begin on Friday March 6 at 12.30, last about 20 minutes, and a soup and cake lunch will be available afterwards. They then continue at the same time and venue every week up to and including 3 April. This year's theme is "The Lord is my shepherd" and the short services are led by people from a different church each week.
Also on Friday 6 March, at 4.00 pm, people will join for the one-off World Day of Prayer at Harborough Community Church in Bath Street. Observed in 170 countries, this year the day focuses on the difficulties and unrest that have plagued the country of Zimbabwe in recent years.
Women of Zimbabwe have prepared this year's service and share the challenges they have met and the hopes they have for the future. They encourage participants, in the title for the day, to “Rise, take your mat and walk” with them as they continue their often turbulent journey towards full reconciliation.
World Day of Prayer is an international inter-church organisation which enables people to hear the thoughts of women from all parts of the world: their hopes, concerns and prayers. An international committee is based in New York and there are national committees in each participating country. Regional conferences meet to consider the service and then local groups make their plans.
The Day of Prayer begins in Samoa and prayer in native languages travels around the world, through Asia, Africa, the middle East, Europe and the Americas, before finishing in American Samoa more than 36 hours later.