Taking over as minister of the Chemainus United Church has been great for Elise Feltrin despite pandemic restrictions. (File photo by Don Bodger)

Taking over as minister of the Chemainus United Church has been great for Elise Feltrin despite pandemic restrictions. (File photo by Don Bodger)

World Day of Prayer being conducted by Zoom Friday

People invited to watch a video and then participate in a follow-up discussion

Communities traditionally gather at a local church to celebrate the World Day of Prayer. But, like virtually everything else, it’s going virtual this year.

People are invited to join others around the globe in watching the one-hour World Day of Prayer video sometime on Friday, March 5. Chemainus United Church will then host a Zoom gathering at 3 p.m., according to Rev. Elise Feltrin, to share their responses and comments with others.

Related story: New Chemainus United Church minister singing the praises of the congregation and community

This year’s theme for the World Day of Prayer is ‘Build on a Strong Foundation’, created by women from Vanuatu, a chain of islands to the east of Australia. During the service, they share stories of obstacles of injustice they have encountered and hopes for the future.

World Day of Prayer is an international, inter-church event that began 99 years ago to bridge social, geographic and political barriers in more than 170 countries. The weekend begins in Samoa and travels in many languages throughout the world. Participants pursue justice, peace and reconciliation by standing together in prayer and action.

The World Day of Prayer in Canada is coordinated by the Women’s Inter-Church Council of Canada. Offerings transform prayers into action in the form of project grants empowering women and children in Canada and around the world. WICC has distributed more than $2.5 million in the past 35 years.

Feltrin hopes people will watch the video at home and then join the conversation in the Zoom room.

Anyone interested in taking part can go to www.worlddayofprayer.net for the details.

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Rev. Elise Feltrin of the Chemainus United Church in her office. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Rev. Elise Feltrin of the Chemainus United Church in her office. (Photo by Don Bodger)

The Chemainus United Church. (File photo by Don Bodger)

The Chemainus United Church. (File photo by Don Bodger)

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